National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot

We are very pleased to be able to let you know that applications for primary health care (PHC) services to be part of the National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot will open later this month.

The National Pilot aims to increase the participation of Indigenous Australians in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP). Indigenous participation in the NBCSP is estimated at less than half that of other Australians (19.5 per cent compared to 42.7 per cent respectively).

The Australian Government Department of Health has funded Menzies School of Health Research to prepare for, and implement, the National Pilot. The consultations found many of the barriers to screening could be addressed if patients could receive a screening kit from a trusted health professional at their local PHC service, instead of through the usual mail-out model of the NBCSP.

PHC services accepted into the National Pilot will be able to provide NBCSP kits directly to their Indigenous patients aged 50 to 74 (the eligible age range for the NBCSP). The National Pilot will run for 12 months and provide resources and training for 50 services to take part across the country.

The National Pilot will be open to PHC services with a majority Indigenous patient population or those with at least 50 Indigenous patients aged 50 to 74 that want to make improving Indigenous participation in bowel screening an organisational priority.

These services may include:

  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) – also often known as Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs);
  • PHC services run by state or territory health services;
  • Private or corporate general practices; and
  • Other types of PHC services.

Applications will open on 19 June and close on 10 July 2018.

For more information, or to apply in advancein advance, go to the Indigenous Bowel Screen website or email us.