Breast ScreeningIt's an invitation that could save your life

The invitation to free breast screening now covers women up to 74.
Everything you need to know about why you should
take up our invitation is right here.

Breast Cancer in Australia

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. However, it’s encouraging to know that thanks to better services and greater knowledge and awareness, fewer women are losing their lives to breast cancer.

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More than 75% of breast cancers occur in women 50+.

90% of women who get breast cancer have no family history.

An estimated 2,700 Australian women died from breast cancer in 2014.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Why we're expanding

The risk of breast cancer increases with age. That’s why the age group of women invited for free breast screening has now changed from 50-69 to 50-74.

We’d like more women to participate and continue participating in our program. Quite simply, encouraging more women to participate will detect more breast cancers and save more lives.

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Expanding the invitation to include women 50-74:

  • will deliver up to 220,000 additional breast screening services over the next four years
  • will potentially detect an additional 600 breast cancers each year.

Why Breast Screening works

Done regularly, breast screening is an excellent way to detect breast cancer in its early stage, even before you see or feel something. By getting screened every two years you’re giving yourself the best chance for early detection.

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Early detection is better because:

  • the earlier you detect breast cancer the better your chance of beating it
  • it means less invasive, more effective treatment
  • with early detection and treatment, nine out of 10 women survive.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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At your Mammogram

It’s likely that most women reading this will have had at least one mammogram, and will be familiar with this very simple process. However, if you’re not, here’s what you can expect:

A BreastScreen Australia representative will collect your forms and explain what will happen.

A female radiographer will take you to the X-ray room.

You will be asked to remove your top in private.

When you are ready the radiographer will take at least two X-rays of each breast.

The X-ray machine will firmly press each breast to get the best X-ray. The pressing may be uncomfortable but any discomfort usually only lasts around 10 seconds. 

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Talking to your radiographer is important, especially if you have any concerns. If you feel any discomfort during your mammogram you should tell your radiographer. You can ask for the procedure to stop at any time.


The suite of BreastScreen Australia accreditation forms below have been developed to support BreastScreen Australia Service and SCUs in applying for accreditation every four years. The NAS data report is to serve as the ADR. It is mandatory for Services and SCUs to use the below forms as they have been designed to provide the NQMC with information essential to making accreditation decisions.

Form ID# Form Title and Link to form Comment BSA001 Application for accreditation (PDF 515 KB) This form will be used by Services and SCUs when re-applying for accreditation every 4 years BSA002 Commencement of Service (PDF 173 KB) This form will be used when a Service/SCU is intending on commencing a new unit within an existing BSA Service commences, or establishing a new BSA Service BSA003 NAS Accountability Framework (Word 123 KB) In multi-service jurisdictions, a ‘NAS Accountability Framework (NAF)’ is required to ensure appropriate accountability at a Service and SCU level in order that they are assessed against those accreditation Measures for which they are responsible. It must be submitted as part of an application for accreditation. BSA004 NAS Data Report (PDF 1051 KB) This form will be used to record the Service and/or SCU’s performance against those NAS Measures in which they are responsible for. It must be submitted as part of an application for accreditation. The NAS Data report should also be used by a Service and/or SCU to complete their Annual Data Report BSA005 Response by SCU/Service (Word 119 KB) This form is to be used by a Service and/or SCU to respond to issues identified in the Survey and Interim Survey Report and NAS Measures that are unmet, unable to be assessed or met with exception. It must be submitted as part of an application for accreditation BSA006 Quality Improvement (QI)Plan (Word 146 KB) The QI Plan should be developed and used by Service and/or SCU to identify quality improvement strategies to improve performance against any unmet NAS Measures, or when declining performance trends are identified within the Service and/or SCU. It must be submitted as part of an application for accreditation. BSA007 Request for extension to accreditation (PDF 175 KB) This form is to be used by a Service/SCU seeking an extension to their current accreditation period by up to 9 months. BSA101 Survey and Interim Survey Report PDF Under development - This form is to be used by the survey team for its assessment of the Service against the National Accreditation Standards, and to record the findings of the accreditation survey. BSA201 Appeal application (PDF 152 KB) This form is to be used by any Service/SCU appealing against an accreditation decision of the NQMC.

Evaluation forms

Form ID# Form Comment BSA008 NQMC Report Evaluation Tool HTML Under development - This form is to be used by NQMC Members to provide feedback to the survey team on the survey report. BSA009 Service Evaluation Tool HTML Under development - This form is to be used by a Service undergoing an accreditation survey to evaluate the conduct of the accreditation survey BSA010 Surveyor Evaluation Tool HTML Under development - This for is to be used for each surveyor participating in an accreditation survey team to evaluate the conduct of the accreditation survey

Data Governance and Management Assessment (DGMA) forms

Form ID # Form Comment N/A DGMA Framework (PDF 383 KB)

This document outlines a framework for the Data Governance and Management

Assessments (DGMA) that apply under the BreastScreen Australia Accreditation System. BSA301 Standard 5 Protocol Accountability Framework (PAF5) (Word 127 KB) Each multi-service jurisdiction must have a PAF5 in place which details the allocation of operational level responsibility between the Service and SCU for each area of data governance and management. BSA302 DGMA Self-assessment form (Word 113 KB) This form is to be used for a Service or SCU to undertake their own self-assessment against each DGMA requirement in this form and determine their achievement rating BSA303 DGMA Data Assessor Report Word (Word 146 KB) This form is to be used for the Data Assessor to record their findings from undertaking the DGMA during the accreditation survey of the Service or SCU. BSA304 DGMA Service/SCU response to DGMA (Word 123 KB) This form is to be used for a Service and/or SCU to provide its response to the Data Assessor’s report and any comments made by the data assessor.

Other BSA Accreditation forms

Please contact the NQMC Secretariat to receive the below forms: