NACCHO Health Survey : Aboriginal people taking part in bowel screening

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“Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The more of our mob that do the bowel screening test, the more lives could be saved.”

Have a say in planning to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taking part in bowel screening

Please click on the link to complete a survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NIBSP_S1

Menzies School of Health Research has been funded by the Australian Government to consult about and develop a plan for a national pilot aimed at increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who take part in bowel screening.

Bowel screening can pick up tiny changes in the gut, which if not removed could go on to become cancerous. Most can be removed easily, if found early. A bowel screening test could save your life.

Bowel screening is free if you’re between 50 and 74. But participation in screening is low, amongst both non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

We’re particularly keen to hear your views if you:

  • Are an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person (particularly aged 40 or over)
  • Work as a health care practitioner (such as an Indigenous Health Worker, GP or practice nurse) in a community controlled health service or other primary health care service providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
  • Work in a policy or program role that could support primary health care practitioners to get more involved with promoting bowel screening

Other consultations for this project include: two national workshops; interviews with key stakeholders, and advisory groups with strong representation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the primary health care sector, and the cancer screening sector.

The survey provides a way for you to still have a say, even if you can’t attend a workshop.

Please click on the link to complete a survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NIBSP_S1

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