Program Frameworks and Strategies

The implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is supported and guided by a number of framework and strategy documents.

Page last updated: 14 November 2016

Policy Framework

A document is being developed which will outline the Policy Framework for Phase Four of the Program which covers the phased implementation of biennial screening from 2015 to 2020.
The Phase Four Policy Framework will be published when finalised.

Quality Framework

In October 2008, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Quality Working Group endorsed the development of an overarching Quality Framework for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in accordance with the Population Based Screening Framework.
A high level summary of the Quality Framework was endorsed by the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Advisory Group on 28 July 2011 with the acknowledgement that further work needed to be done on the underpinning detail.
This work is being progressed through the Standing Committee on Screening
The Quality Framework is being developed as part of a suite of documents to support the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. It is intended to be used by all those involved in the screening pathway to guide individual and organisational activities, articulate specific responsibilities and highlight interdependencies.
The Quality Framework will be published when finalised.

Primary Health Care Engagement Strategy

The goal of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Primary Health Care Engagement Strategy (2016-2020) is to engage the primary health care sector to encourage and guide participation in the Program.

Primary health care providers/general practitioners (PHPs) have indicated support for playing a central role in the Program. Evidence suggests that greater involvement by PHPs in encouraging and supporting participation in the Program is required to complement the Program’s direct mail method.

The Strategy was developed by the Department of Health in consultation with state and territory governments, the Cancer Council Australia, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian College for Rural and Remote Medicine, the Australian Primary Care Nurses Association and the Australian Association for Practice Management.

It identifies the following five broad priority areas for action:

    1. Working in partnership to engage PHPs
    2. Professional development and information for PHPs on the Program
    3. Practice tools and resources
    4. Working with PHPs to promote equitable access to the Program for under-screened groups
    5. Efficient register and reporting systems.
A National Action Plan has been developed to detail the actions and timeframes associated with each priority area, focusing on areas requiring national coordination and action.

The Department of Health has overarching policy development and program implementation responsibility for the Program and will lead the implementation of this strategy and the action plan in consultation with the Program’s advisory group.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Primary Health Care Engagement Strategy (2016-2020) (PDF 1017 KB)
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Primary Health Care Engagement Strategy (2016-2020) (Word 289 KB)