Cancer Council Victoria awarded tender to boost bowel cancer screening

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, with one in 13 people diagnosed each year. Early detection can result in 90% of bowel cancers being treated successfully. Right now, fewer than 40% are detected early.

To improve early detection and better health outcomes for our community, SEMPHN has awarded Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) the tender to partner with University of Melbourne (UoM) to increase the rates of people participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).

CCV & UoM have developed a comprehensive plan to;

  • Mobilise our community to do bowel screening via a public education campaign, ads in local newspapers, radio targeted social media advertising, convenience advertising and a range of other promotion and educational activities
  • Visit General Practices to increase staff knowledge about NBCSP, through team-based nurse-led education.

The plan covers the entire SEMPHN catchment, with more intensive effort in the Cities of Greater Dandenong, Casey and Mornington Peninsula.

There will be targeted activities to reach Sri-Lankan, Indian and Vietnamese communities, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as these groups are known to have particularly low bowel screening rates.

The program will run from January 2019 to June 2021.

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