Practice nurse training opportunity


Expressions of interest are sought from highly motivated practice nurses to attend a study day at no cost on early detection and prevention of cancer through the national population-level cancer screening programs for bowel, breast and cervical cancer.

Research, undertaken nationally and internationally, looking at barriers and enablers to screening has shown that general practice plays a key role in optimizing the effectiveness of screening programs. We hope that practice nurses participating in this training will feel that they have gained the knowledge and skills to confidently discuss cancer screening with patients and colleagues and optimize enablers/reduce barriers to screening within their practices.

This full day program will be held on a Saturday in June and will include educational sessions such as an introduction to population level screening and overview of the three national cancer screening programs, bowel, breast and cervical cancer development and prevention, cervical renewal and the role of general practice in improving outcomes.

A part of this study day will include a practical workshop on extracting and analyzing data using Pen CAT or POLAR (tuition on both will be available). This aims to help practice nurses understand how to use data to inform practice, monitor activities and outcomes and analyze the effects of new strategies. This session will be useful for extraction and analysis of any practice data and not just for cancer screening.


Screening participation rates in NSW are substantially lower than the national average and national targets. NSW ranks 7th of the 8 states in breast screening participation1 and 5th of the 8 states for cervical screening2. Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be treated successfully if they are detected early. It is estimated that less than 34 per cent of the eligible NSW population participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program3.

It is evident that much needs to be done to increase screening participation to reduce morbidity and mortality further for the population.

The successful applicant will:

  • Be a motivated and enthusiastic nurse and employed in a general practice in Sydney or South East Sydney local health districts
  • Be prepared to act as a resource person within their practice and a focal point of contact for CESPHN in relation to cancer screening and prevention

Expressions of Interest must include:

  • Name, current position and name and location of general practice.
  • Two-three paragraphs explaining why you feel motivated to do this course and what your main desired learning outcomes (minimum three) would be.
  • Preference for penCAT or POLAR extraction and analysis tuition should be stated in addition to the name of the software used in your practice (Best Practice or Medical Director for example). This will help us arrange training in a more useful manner. If you use software not stated here, please specify what this is. Your practice may not use penCAT OR POLAR, this should not discourage you from doing this training but please state this in your email.

Please click here to submit your expression of interest by no later than 9 April 2018. 

If you have any questions, please contact Alison Jones.

AIHW Breast screening in Australia, 2014-2015
AIHW cervical Screening in Australia, 2013-2014
Department of Human Services 2013-2014