For GPs, Practice Nurses and other Health Professionals

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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 42.4% 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.

How you can help increase participation

1. Inform your patients

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:

2. Support your patients and staff

Support patients to do the test

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:

Support your staff to learn more about bowel cancer screening

3. Change your practice systems

Change systems or procedures within your practice to embed a culture of screening participation:

More information

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