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Screening information for providers

Wellbeing SA implements a range of initiatives to maximise early detection and prevent risk factors from progressing into disease. Particular focus is given to vulnerable populations particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and low income communities.

General practitioners play a critical role in:

  • maximising South Australian participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in South Australia
  • maximising South Australian participation in the National Cervical Screening Program
  • skin cancer prevention
  • chronic disease screening
  • prevention and management of obesity in the general practice setting.

Engagement and co-design with priority populations informs our approach to achieving health outcomes in these areas, and has led to the development of new resources, partnerships, training for healthcare providers and grants.

National Cancer Screening Registry

The National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) plays a vital role in supporting the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) and the National Cervical Screening Program. The NCSR enables a single electronic record for each person in Australia participating in the NBCSP. It gives healthcare providers better access to quality health information and makes it easier for program participants to take control of their health.

Bowel screening

Colonoscopy referrals for participants in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Cervical screening

The National Cervical Screening Program partners with states and territories to reduce cervical cancer.

The program, aimed at women aged between 25-74 years of age, aims to prevent cervical cancer through regular testing for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

Self-collection

People with a cervix are eligible for self-collection if they are aged 30 years or older, and whose last cervical screen was 4 or more years ago, or who have never been screened. Recent evidence shows that it is just as effective as a clinician-collected sample for cervical screening.

Cervical screening for healthcare providers provides information for healthcare providers who wish to offer the self-collection option to eligible patients.

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