New resources are available: brochures and posters in-language to encourage participation in cancer screening programs

New resources have been developed to assist in increasing the number of people that are doing screening tests for bowel, breast and cervical cancer. Early detection of diseases such as cancer, saves lives and the government has developed screening programs to help detect and prevent cancer.

The number of people taking up the opportunity to have these screening tests needs to increase if lives are to be saved from bowel, breast and cervical cancer. People from culturally and linguistically diverse groups, especially those that do not speak English at all, often do not know about the screening programs and health care providers are aware that specific encouragement is required.

The aim of the newly developed information leaflet and five videos is to increase community knowledge around cancer screening, especially in community groups who do not speak English as a first language.

It is hoped that the resource will encourage people to discuss screening with their GPs and practice nurses and to attend screening facilities.

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 with representatives of community groups.

The resources reinforce the message that “Taking care of yourself is the best way of looking after your family”, a message that the community representatives felt would resonate with their communities.

Printed resource

The 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 version can be viewed pdf here (3.40 MB) .

  • 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 are planning a community event or relevant activity where these resources may be useful, please email a.jones@cesphn.com.au

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):

If you have any comments or questions regarding the resources please do not hesitate to contact Alison Jones, Program Officer for Cancer Screening a.jones@cesphn.com.au.