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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

BreastScreen Australia program

 

Overview

The BreastScreen Australia program began in 1991 as the National Program for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer and was an initiative of the Commonwealth and the states and territories. The program was established out of recognition for the need to implement a population-based mammographic screening program. Screening mammography is carried out in an organised and systematic manner to detect unsuspected cancer at an early stage so that early treatment can reduce illness and death from breast cancer.

The program is comprised of two components: screening and assessment services and coordination units. The screening and assessment service is structured to include a screening unit where the initial screening mammogram is performed and an assessment unit where further diagnostic procedures take place. The coordination units are based in each state and territory and are responsible for the planning and coordination of the program in their respective state or territory.

The BreastScreen Australia program is primarily aimed at non-symptomatic women aged 50 to 69 years although women outside of this age cohort can also access the program's services. The program has services available throughout the Australian metropolitan area and mobile screening units for rural and remote towns.

The program also produces a range of brochures and flyers for consumers. These resources are produced in several different languages with some catering specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. In some states and territories, a Women's Aboriginal Health Worker is also employed to discuss breast screening with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Abstract adapted from BreastScreen Australia

Contacts

BreastScreen Australia program
Ph: 13 20 50
Email: cancerscreening@health.gov.au

Australian Capital Territory
Ph: (02) 6205 4444
Fax: (02) 6205 1394
Email: breastscreen@act.gov.au

New South Wales
Ph: (02) 8374 5777
Fax: (02) 8374 5699
Email: infomation@cancerinstitute.org.au

Northern Territory
Ph: (08) 8922 6449
Fax: (08) 8922 6440
Email: wcpp.ths@nt.gov.au

Queensland
Ph: (07) 3328 9467
Fax: (07) 3328 9487
Email: cssb@health.qld.gov.au

South Australia
Ph: (08) 8274 7100
Fax: (08) 8373 4395
Email: BSSAenquiries@health.sa.gov.au

Tasmania
Ph: (03) 6216 4300
Fax: (03) 6216 4326
Email: canscreen@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Victoria
Ph: (03) 9660 6888
Fax: (03) 9662 3881
Email: info@breastscreen.org.au

Western Australia
Ph: (08) 9323 6700
Fax: (08) 9323 6799
Email: breastscreenwa@health.wa.gov.au

Related publications

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

BreastScreen Australia monitoring report 2009-10.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Evaluated publications

Quaine J, Barber G, Delaney J, Granton K, Lloyd A, Purtell S, Watts K, Koukari A (2009)

BreastScreen Australia evaluation: evaluation final report.

Canberra: BreastScreen Australia Program

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Last updated: 6 February 2014
 
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