General Health Services

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP)

Australian Government Department of Health

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The objectives of the campaign are to: • increase awareness of bowel cancer • increase awareness of the changes to the NBCSP • encourage participation in the NBCSP. The NBCSP commenced in WA in January 2007. The WA health system supports the NBCSP’s implementation through liaison with the Australian Government Department of Health, collaboration with national and state-based stakeholders and engagement with clinical and advocacy experts. WA NBCSP participants who test positive receive ongoing support through the Participant Follow-up Function, a Commonwealth-funded partnership that actively encourages screen-positive participants to attend follow-up examinations and assessments. A state-wide Bowel Cancer Screening Reference Group, with representatives from government, clinical, advocacy and community agencies, provides input on key issues affecting WA. A community-focused brochure about bowel cancer screening is available and includes easy to follow picture-based instructions on how to complete the test kit. Materials for culturally and linguistically diverse audiences in languages other than English are available in the following languages: • Arabic • Simplified Chinese • Traditional Chinese • Greek • Italian • Tamil • Vietnamese • Tamil - National Bowel Cancer Screening Program campaign • Using the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Kit – Tamil