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186949 - National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

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This activity consists of a case study, where over a number of consultations, participants assess and manage the problem. Throughout the different stages of the case study, key aspects of bowel cancer and the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) are discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the risk factors and symptoms associated with bowel cancer and familiarise themselves with the eligibility criteria for the NBCSP. Participants will also be able to explore the different levels of risk that patients carry based on their family history and the findings of their screening tests and determine the most suitable follow up and management strategies in the short and long term. The activity also touches on a GP's duty of care to those who participate in the NBCSP.

Relevance to General Practice

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program provides immunochemical Faecal Occult Blood Test (iFOBT) screening kits biennually to patients aged 50 to 74 years in order to detect bowel cancers and polyps early. Early detection has been shown to improve prognosis. The role of the General Practitioner (GP) in the implementation of NBCSP is pivotal, as it is their responsibility to provide participants with clinically appropriate advice, services, treatment and care. This includes ensuring that their patients are regularly screened based on their risk profile, interpreting the results of iFOBTs, and initiating the appropriate follow-up tests for patients with a positive iFOBT. They must also provide data on NBCSP participants and their outcomes to the Program Register.

Learning outcomes
  • List bowel cancer risk factors
  • Describe the symptoms associated with bowel cancer
  • Identify who is eligible for the NBCSP
  • Identify those who should be screened for bowel cancer
  • Recognise the duty of care associated with NBCSP participants
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Oncology and palliative care
    Activity sponsor

    Cancer Council Australia

    186949 - National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 hr
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    CPD Points
    2 cpd
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