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Cancer Screening and Checks

The GCPHN’s Cancer Screening Project aims to meet and exceed the national screening rate targets or averages for Breast, Bowel and Cervical Cancer within the Gold Coast Region. 
The GCPHN will be involved in the following activities as part of this project
  • General practice and public awareness campaigns 
  • Enhancing accuracy in practice data regarding screening 
  • Providing evidence based management solutions for patients post screening
The national screening program participation rate targets we are aiming to meet during the 2017/18 period are as follows:
  • Bowel target 40.9%
  • Breast target 57.5%
  • Cervical target 58.0% 
Current National data 2015-16 (AIHW) 
  • Bowel (50-74 yrs) 40.9%
  • Breast (50-74 yrs) 54.8% 
  • Cervical (20-39 yrs) 55.4%
To meet these goals, the GCPHN will be:
  • Developing a work plan to include a review of general practice data recording/process and identify future screening options
  • Identifying, promoting and aligning screening with HHS and National priorities and campaigns
  • Identifying general practices in areas of lower screening rates to develop strategies to better embed a screening infrastructure in the practice setting
  • Collaborating with GCPHU, Private Health Insurers, National Screening providers and General Practice data extraction tool companies to obtain data and information for the purpose of increasing screening rates
  • Developing and implementing an education/ media strategy that creates a greater awareness of bowel, breast and cervical cancer and promotes screening
  • Updating and reviewing resources on the relevant HealthyGC webpages, linking to national sources and advocating in collaboration with partners to improve data compatibility with general practice
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