Cancer Screening


  • BreastScreen Victoria
  • Bowel Cancer Screening Register
  • Cancer Council Victoria - Resources for Health Professionals
  • The national Cervical Screening Program is being renewed from 1 May 2017. Key changes are:
    • women will be invited when they are due to participate via the National Cancer Screening Register
    • the Pap smear will be replaced with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
    • the time between tests will change from two to five years
    • the age at which screening starts will increase from 18 years to 25 years
    • women aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have an exit test.
    • Full details and FAQs are here

Optimal Care Pathways

SEMPHN is part of a state-wide initiative to develop Optimal Care Pathways for lung and colorectal cancer, which map a patient’s journey for specific tumour types. Planning, adoption and evaluation of the Optimal Care Pathways project is underway and aims to guide the delivery of consistent, safe, high quality and evidence-based care for people with cancer.

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Across South Eastern Melbourne, the cervical screening participation rate is slightly higher than the Victorian average (Figure 1), while breast and bowel screening participation in SEMPHN is lower than the Victorian average. The local government areas of Port Phillip and Stonnington have participation rates for breast screening among the five lowest in the state. Casey and Frankston have rates for bowel screening among the five lowest in the state.

Cancer screening participation rates in SEMPHN region


Two-year cervical cancer screening participation

(1st January 2012 - 32st December 2013)

Two-year breast cancer screening participation

(1st July 2010 - 30th June 2012)

One-year bowel cancer screening participation

(1st July 2013 - 30th June 2014)

Victoria 59.2% 54.0% 37.6%
SEMPHN * 61.1% 51.7% 34.9%
Bayside 72.7% 53.8% 38.2%
Cardinia 57.6% 55.1% 35.6%
Casey 56.1% 52.7% 32.8%
Frankston 54.3% 49.4% 32.2%
Glen Eira 62.9% 53.8% 33.2%
Greater Dandenong 54.9% 51.2% 33.7%
Kingston 61.8% 53.3% 36.4%
Mornington Peninsula 64.2% 54.6% 38.6%
Port Phillip 61.9% 45.2% 34.1%
Stonnington 65.0% 48.3% 35.1%

* SEMPHN participation rate is calculated on an average of the 10 listed LGAs.

LGAs below the state average

Among the five lowest LGAs in the state

Note on data: These rates reflect participation in national cancer screening programs and do not include other screening, for example private mammography or faecal occult blood test (FOBTs) undertaken outside the program. It is unclear how much screening outside the national cancer screening programs affects participation rates and if, for example, the use of private mammography in high-SES areas like, Port Philip and Stonington, contribute to lower national program participation rates.

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