Healthy North Coast

Women’s Cancer Screening Collaborative

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. For more information, contact Women’s Cancer Collaborative Program Manager Sara Gloede by email at or phone (02) 6618 5430, or chat with your NCPHN Practice Support Officer.

Join now to prevent avoidable cancer diagnoses

4 out of 10 women in the North Coast region are overdue to be screened for breast and cervical cancer, or have never screened.

The evidence is clear that General Practice is an important influence on women’s screening behaviours, which is why Cancer Institute NSW has funded the delivery of a pilot program that will use clinician-led quality improvements to increase breast and cervical cancer screening rates.

How will it work?

The program has two main components:

  1. Practices will be supported to make small scale, ongoing clinician-led changes using quality improvement tools such
    as PDSA cycles and to share and learn with other participating practices through ‘learning workshops’.
  2. NCPHN will, in collaboration with practices, develop and implement ‘health literacy action plans’ that will understand and address the barriers to screening for vulnerable groups in your practice area.

What will be required?

Two staff from each practice will be asked to attend three one day learning workshops, scheduled for February 2017, June 2017 and February 2018. These workshops will help practices to decide on what changes they want to implement in between workshops. Practices will be supported along the way by the NCPHN team to implement and measure the impact of changes made.

A conference will be held in October 2017 that will invite GPs in the region and the Cancer Institute NSW to join participating practices in reflecting on lessons learned from the collaborative.

What’s in it for me?

  • Giving your patients the best chance possible of avoiding a preventable cancer diagnosis
  • CPD points are being applied for
  • Potential to increase revenue from cervical cancer PIP payments
  • Support to transition your practice into the new cervical cancer screening protocols being introduced in May 2017
  • Support to engage women at heightened risk of not screening, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders women, rural and remote women and women with disabilities
  • Potential to trial electronic transmission of BreastScreen patient results and reminders
  • Leading and piloting changes that, if successful, will contribute to system-wide change for improved screening outcomes
  • Building your practice’s capacity to use simple, practical and effective quality improvement methods that can be applied to any area you would like to see your practice improve in

Cervical Screening

Regular Pap tests can reduce the risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer by up to 96%.

Most women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Australia have not had regular Pap tests.


FAST FACTS: Breast Screening

1 in 8 women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime

9 out of 10 women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer

Breast screening can find cancers before they can be felt or noticed

Two specialised radiologists independently agree on a diagnosis for every woman screened at
BreastScreen NSW

Women recalled by BreastScreen are taken through the diagnosis process free of charge