GPs and Health Professionals

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Cancer Council Victoria recognises the key role that GPs play in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program by endorsing the program to patients and by managing patients' positive faecal occult blood test (FOBT) results.

Currently only 39.9 per cent of eligible Victorians complete the home screening (FOBT) test as part of the national program. You can find out how your area compares via the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) local screening data.

Resources for GPs and health professionals

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program offers resources to support the role of GPs in the program. Visit their website for information on:

The website also provides information about the role of colonoscopists and pathologists, clinical guidelines, clinical resources, forms, information on provision / payments 

Instructional videos for GPs

The Department of Health's videos provide Australian general practitioners with a brief approach to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

  1. What is screening outlines the bowel cancer screening program and discusses symptoms that are potentially indicative of bowel cancer.
  2. Classification of risk discusses the classification of risk of bowel cancer in the general population who have no symptoms.
  3. Referral to colonoscopy gives a more detailed overview of the bowel cancer screening program and discusses its potential impact on your practice.
  4. Case studies presents a number of case studies, which demonstrate a range of age, symptom and family history combinations to help with your understanding of patient suitability for the bowel cancer screening program.

Resources for nurses

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association has developed a National Bowel Cancer Screening Program guide and webinar for nurses working in general practice to help nurses promote participation in the program.

The guide contains information on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, a conversation flow chart, and a How to complete an FOBT guide.

Access the resource or Webinar.

Waiting room resources

Cancer Council Victoria has a range of free resources available for your waiting room, including: 

  • Brochure, Your best protection from bowel cancer. A step-by-step brochure to completing a bowel cancer screening kit, available in English, simplified Chinese, Karen, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Arabic.
  • Poster, If you're aged 50–74, when you receive this kit in the mail – do it. A poster for waiting rooms to encourage people to complete the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program kit.
  • Posters and brochures specifically for the Aboriginal community.

Download or order the resources.

FAQs for GPs

Access our list of FAQs for GPs and health professionals.