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)
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
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program offers resources
to support the role of GPs in the program. Visit their website for information
The website also provides information about the role of colonoscopists
and pathologists, clinical
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
- What is screening outlines the bowel
cancer screening program and discusses symptoms that are potentially indicative
of bowel cancer.
- Classification of risk discusses the
classification of risk of bowel cancer in the general population who have no
- Referral to colonoscopy gives a more detailed
overview of the bowel cancer screening program and discusses its potential impact
on your practice.
- 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
Resources for nurses
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
Victoria has a range of free resources available for your waiting room,
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.
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
Posters and brochures specifically for the
Download or order the resources.
FAQs for GPs
Access our list of FAQs for GPs and health