Central and Eastern Sydney bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening project - Building primary care capacity to increase screening participation within local communities

The NSW Cancer Institute administers a grants program to provide funding to organisations working in cancer screening, prevention and control to undertake evidence-based projects that have the potential to be embedded in the health system and be sustainable past the funding period.

CESPHN submitted a successful funding application to undertake a project which aims to increase participation rates of breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening programs in selected local government areas by improving the capacity of local general practices to systematically address screening participation in their practice populations.

The project will also consult with community representatives from these LGAs and in particular people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to identify access barriers, including lack of knowledge and understanding, and address these through health promotion responses, predominantly identification and dissemination of resource materials.

The evidence from the project’s evaluation will be used by NSW Cancer Institute to inform future population health initiatives aimed at increasing cancer screening participation.

General practitioners and practice nurses will be invited to be involved on the project’s steering committee, more information to follow soon!

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Cancer Screening and Prevention Project Officer Lauren Walker on 9330 9941.