Across South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network catchment, the bowel screening participation rate is slightly higher than the Victorian average (Figure 1). Breast cancer screening participation rates for Port Phillip, Casey South and Stonnington West are among the five lowest in the state. Bowel cancer screening participation rates for Casey South and Stonnington West are among the five lowest in the state.
Cancer screening participation rates in SEMPHN region - Figure 1
Bowel cancer screening 2015-16
Breast cancer screening 2015-16
Cervical cancer screening 2015-16
|Casey - North||38.2%||53.0%||55.9%|
|Casey - South||34.6%||47.2%||50.8%|
|Stonnington - East||41.3%||54.6%||62.1%|
|Stonnington - West||36.4%||44.8%||61.5%|
* SEMPHN participation rate is calculated on an average of the 12 listed SA3s.
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.
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of Bowel, Breast and Cervical Cancer
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have approved the 2017 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention, Early Detection and Management of Colorectal Cancer.
These Guidelines provide information and recommendations to guide practice across the continuum of bowel cancer care including prevention, screening and diagnosis, clinical aspects of surgery, treatment, follow-up and psychosocial care.
Read more about the role of general practice in bowel cancer screening.
The BreastScreen Australia program aims to reduce illness and death from breast cancer through early detection of the disease. Screening mammography detects unsuspected cancer at an early stage so that prompt treatment can occur.
Cancer Australia have two web pages that provide guidance in early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
The Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) recommended that the 2005 NHRMC endorsed, Screening to Prevent Cervical Cancer: Guidelines for the Management of Women with Screen Detected Abnormalities guidelines be reviewed. Cancer Council Australia was commissioned to develop these guidelines with the assistance of an expert “clinical management guidelines” working party. Technical support from Professor Karen Canfell and her Cancer Screening Group at Cancer Council NSW was provided in the review.
The guidelines have been developed and published by Cancer Council Australia in accordance with NHMRC recommended processes.
National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Read more about the National Cervical Screening Program.
Optimal Care Pathways
SEMPHN is part of a state-wide initiative to localise Optimal Care Pathways supported by the Victorian Government. The Pathways have been developed to help people diagnosed with cancer receive the best possible care. Optimal Care Pathways have been developed to map a patients optimal cancer journey across 15 different cancer types. Find further information and the pathways here.
Cancer survivorship care
The Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC) has developed recommendations for implementing and delivering shared cancer survivorship care.
There are 18 practical recommendations, which are a result of a systematic review, qualitative study and expert consultation:
For further information on models of survivorship care, click here.
Breast, Bowel and Cervical Cancer Screening webinar (1 hour)
SEMPHN hosted a Practice Nurses Webinar where participants tuned into the 'B.B.C. Cancer Channel'. Guest speakers from Cancer Council Victoria and Breast Screen Victoria presented on Breast, Bowel and Cervical Screening.
Certificates for this course are only available to the participants of the live webinar.
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