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160106 - Innovation in Cancer Screening Quality Improvement

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In Australia, primary care plays a significant role in both the provision and endorsement of National Cancer Screening Programs for cervical, breast and bowel. General Practitioner endorsement of screening can considerably increase participation rates in these programs. The implementation of quality improvement activities in cancer screening provide an opportunity to change as a result of learning.

Relevance to General Practice

In Australia, primary care plays a significant role in both the provision and endorsement of National Cancer Screening Programs. Whilst general practitioners do not provide direct services for breast or bowel cancer screening, GP endorsement of screening can considerably increase participation rates in these programs. The Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan emphasize the role of primary health providers in promoting screening early detection. 

Data on cancer incidence and mortality highlight the significant role the primary care sector plays in a patient's cancer journey. In Victoria, there were 30,585 newly diagnosed patients with cancer and 11,000 died. By 2025-2029 the incidence of cancer is projected to rise to over 41,000, an increase of 39% from 2010-14. According to the Lancet Oncology Commission (2015) “integration is the key for the primary care role in cancer".

Learning outcomes
  • Apply components of a quality improvement framework incorporating PDSA cycles for cervical, breast and bowel screening in primary healthcare settings
  • Implement current Australian guidelines for cervical, breast and bowel screening in primary healthcare settings
  • Explain the role general practitioners play in the early detection of bowel, cervical and breast cancer
  • Utilise information systems to identify and follow up patients eligible for bowel, cervical and breast screening in accordance with Australian guidelines
  • Delivery
    Title
    160106 - Innovation in Cancer Screening Quality Improvement
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    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    6 hours
    Start Date
    27-Aug-2019
    CPD
    6 hours
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    Online
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