New cancer screening resources available

GPs in our region have reported that low levels of health literacy around cancer screening, especially in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, makes having conversations about screening with patients more challenging considering the time restraints in general practice. New resources have been developed that may assist with this.

The aim of the newly developed information leaflet and five videos is to increase community health literacy around cancer screening, specifically in CALD groups, and to encourage people to discuss screening with their GPs and practice nurses. We will be disseminating these resources within the community and are offering the resources to general practices.

The resources were developed with funding support from the Cancer Institute and were a joint initiative by Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and Advance Diversity Services. The resources were co-designed by culturally and linguistically diverse community focus groups. The resources reinforce the message that “Taking care of yourself is the best way of looking after your family”, a message that the focus groups felt would resonate with their communities.

Print resource

The print resource/brochure addresses bowel, breast and cervical screening and will shortly be available in 12 community languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese -simplified and traditional, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese). Messages and design were specifically selected by the community groups for optimal impact and informed by subject specialists.

The English verion can be viewed pdf here (3.40 MB)

Access to the print resource:

  • Via the CESPHN website
  • In-language versions will be unloaded as soon as they are ready. A black and white high definition version is also available.
  • If you would like to order copies of this resource for your practice, please email a.jones@cesphn.com.au stating:
    • Number required
    • Language required
    • A3 or A4 poster order and which language this should be in.

Audio-visual resources

The audio-visual resources consist of five videos. Two of the videos focus specifically on the breast and cervical screening programs and have been developed for women from Bangladeshi and Nepalese backgrounds. These videos are available in English, Bengali and Nepali. The third video also includes additional information on bowel screening and, although targeted to people from South Asian communities, is suitable for anyone seeking information on these screening programs.

‘Screening saves lives’: Cancer screening audio-visual resources for culturally and linguistically diverse communities can be accessed through the SESLHD YouTube page (links below) but can be made available for use in your practice waiting area as requested. Please contact a.jones@cesphn.com.au stating which video/s you would like and what format they should be in.

If you have any comments or questions or would like to request support for any initiatives in your practice relating to cancer screening please do not hesitate to contact Program Officer for Cancer Screening, Alison Jones at a.jones@cesphn.com.au.