Applications are now open - National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot

Primary Health Care (PHC) centres around Australia are invited to apply to take part in the National Pilot, which aims to offer better access to bowel screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Bowel screening can help detect changes to the bowel early (using a simple test that detects blood in the poo), long before a patient notices any signs of bowel cancer.
  • The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) offers free bowel screening to Australians aged 50-74. Bowel screening kits are mailed directly to eligible people who have been identified from Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs records.
  • The participation rate of Indigenous people in the NBCSP is estimated at 19.5 per cent, compared to 42.7 per cent of non-Indigenous Australians.
  • The Alternative Pathway will allow primary health care services to offer NBCSP kits directly to their Indigenous patients.

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