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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

National bowel cancer screening program

 

Overview

The National bowel cancer screening program began as a pilot program in November 2002 to test the effectiveness of bowel cancer screening in Australia using faecal occult blood tests (FOBT). The pilot program involved men and women from selected states and concluded in June 2004. An evaluation of the pilot program revealed it was an acceptable, feasible, and cost-effective screening method for bowel cancer.

Essentially the program invites persons at higher risk of developing bowel cancer to participate in bowel cancer screening by mailing the FOBT to the individual's home. Participation in the program is voluntary and no cost is involved in completing the FOBT. The completed tests are forwarded to a pathology laboratory and participants with positive screening tests are notified and encouraged to discuss the result with their doctor where further diagnostic investigation usually follows.

The second phase of the program commenced in July 2008 and offered screening to persons turning 50 years of age between January 2008 and December 2010. Individuals turning 55 or 65 between July 2008 and December 2010 were also invited to participate.

From 2013, the program will be expanded to include Australians turning 60 years of age, and from 2015 those turning 70 years of age. The program will be further expanded in 2017-18. When fully implemented, all Australians aged between 50 and 74 years will be offered free screening every two years, consistent with the recommendations of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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Contacts

National bowel cancer screening program
Ph: 1800 118 868
Email: bowelscreen@humanservices.gov.au

Related publications

Christou A, Katzenellenbogen J, Thompson SC (2010)

Australia's National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: does it work for Indigenous Australians?.

BMC Public Health; 10: 373

Retrieved 25 June 2010 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-10-373.pdf

Martini A, Javanparast S, Ward PR, Baratiny G, Gill T, Cole S, Tsourtos G, Aylward P, Jiwa M, Misan G, Wilson C, Young GP (2011)

Colorectal cancer screening in rural and remote areas: analysis of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program data for South Australia.

Rural and Remote Health; 11: 1648

Retrieved from http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/showarticlenew.asp?ArticleID=1648

Ward PR, Javanparast S, Ah Matt M, Martini A, Tsourtos G, Cole S, Gill T, Aylward P, Baratiny G, Jiwa M, Misan G, Wilson C, Young G (2011)

Equity of colorectal cancer screening: cross-sectional analysis of National Bowel Cancer Screening Program data for South Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 35(1): 61–65

Christou A, Thompson SC (2010)

How could the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for Aboriginal people in Western Australia be improved?.

Perth, WA: Western Australian Department of Health

Ananda SS, McLaughlin SJ, Chen F, Hayes IP, Hunter AA, Skinner IJ, Steel MCA, Jones IT, Hastie IA, Rieger NA, Shedda S, Compston DJ, Gibbs P (2009)

Initial impact of Australia's National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

Medical Journal of Australia; 191(7): 378-381

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

National bowel cancer screening program monitoring report 2007: cancer series no. 40.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2008)

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program monitoring report 2008: 7 August 2006–30 June 2008.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program monitoring report: July 2011–June 2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program monitoring report: phase 2, July 2008 - June 2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Department of Health and Ageing Australia (2010)

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: annual monitoring report 2009: data supplement 2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Coppa K (2011)

One size fits all? The national bowel cancer screening experience in one remote Aboriginal community.

Paper presented at the 11th National Rural Health Conference. 3-16 March 2011, Perth Convention Centre

Evaluated publications

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2009)

National bowel cancer screening program: annual monitoring report 2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Last updated: 13 May 2014
 
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