Cancer Council Australia recognises the key role that GPs and other primary health professionals play in the success of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP). You are integral to the success of this campaign and the NBCSP. Evidence shows that a recommendation by a primary health care provider is a key motivator for participants to screen.
Currently only 41.3% of eligible Australians complete the NBCSP home screening test (FOBT). The resources below will assist you to:
endorse the program in your practice
encourage patients to participate in the program
review your practice data to identify patients who are not up-to-date with their bowel cancer screening.
Informing your patients about the NBCSP implies your endorsement of the program. Use simple resources to educate your patients aged 50-74 about bowel cancer screening every time they visit your practice:
Identify eligible patients aged between 50 and 74 years and encourage their participation in the NBCSP by sending endorsement and / or reminder letters or SMS messages when they are due to receive a screening kit:
Provide opportunities for all practice staff to increase knowledge on the eligibility criteria and processes of the NBCSP National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Module for GPs
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Module for Practice Nurses
Change systems or procedures within your practice to embed a culture of screening participation:
Identifying under-screened or unscreened patients
Add prompts in GP record to flag under-screened patients
Send patient reminders
Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle to measure the effects of changes to your practice systems (RACGP accredited)
Resources and information on communicating the risks of colonoscopy:
Journal article: ‘Why don’t I need a colonoscopy?’ A novel approach to communicating risks and benefits of colorectal cancer screening