Breast Cancer Screening Workshop Presenter Slides and Key Messages

The introductory slides gave an overview of the Women’s Cancer Screening Collaborative.

Jane Walsh, Director of Breast Screen Mid-North and North Coast presented Cancer Institute NSW research on reasons for under-screening, strategies for addressing under screening were presented by Sara Gloede and Taya Prescott.

Presented by Dr Nick Repin, BreastScreen Designated Radiologist, The ‘Breast Screening and Assessment’ slides overview the difference between BreastScreen and private diagnostic services.


Relevant key messages from the workshop:

  • Women with family history may need more regular follow up than the general population
  • The Familial Risk Assessment for Breast and Ovarian Cancer (FRA-BOC) is a good tool for assessing risk – the linkl to this tool is on HealthPathways
  • Women can return to screening 5 years after diagnoses – depending on the preference of the care team
  • Being a Healthy Woman’ resources support education of women with very low health literacy or intellectual disability – see the link to the resources on page 36 of the WCSC handbook
  • BreastScreen has lots of useful education materials and the link to these is on page 27 of your handbook
  • Taya Prescott is available to run health literacy training for your practice, contact her on


This website is no longer active but is available to browse as a resource.

Women’s Cancer Screening Collaborative (WCSC) 2017-2018

Through the delivery of structured, clinician-led general practice quality improvement and health literacy interventions, general practices worked towards increasing access to and equity of women’s cancer screening programs across the North Coast.

From January 2017 to July 2018, general practices improved clinical systems and data auditing processes to better identify and remind never or under-screened at-risk populations of women. Focus groups were also held with at-risk women to understand the environmental and individual barriers and motivators to screening. 

This WCSC website acted as an information repository for all WCSC developed content providing access to and sharing of quality improvement tools, change strategy resources and ideas.

WCSC evaluation and resources can be found on the North Coast Primary Health Network. 

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