National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot

The National Indigenous Bowel Screening Pilot aims to make the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) more accessible for Indigenous Australians, to increase participation in screening, and ultimately, to reduce death and disability from bowel cancer.

Page last updated: 20 June 2018

The Department of Health funded Menzies School of Health Research to consult widely and develop a plan for increasing Indigenous Australians’ participation in bowel screening. Indigenous participation in the NBCSP is estimated at less than half that of other Australians (19.5% compared to 42.7% respectively). The consultations found many of the barriers to screening could be addressed if patients could receive a NBCSP screening kit from a trusted health professional at their local primary health care service, instead of through the usual mail-out model of the program.

As part of the National Pilot up to 50 primary health care services will promote the NBCSP to their Indigenous patients aged 50-74, give out kits, and support their patients to complete the test kit. Primary health care services participating in the National Pilot will be able to offer kits to their Indigenous patients for 12 months from late 2018 and will be provided with resources, training and support.

Applications for health services to take part close on 10 July 2018.

For more information including how to apply visit the Indigenous Bowel Screen website.