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NOW AVAILABLE WCSC consumer research final report

Understanding the barriers and enablers to Women’s Cancer Screening Northern NSW

Early detection of cancer is key to survival as it offers women the best chance of effective treatment. For this reason, regular screening by women in the target age groups for breast and cervical cancer is vital. However there are cultural, social, level of education, geographical location, health provider and personal factors that can influence women’s cancer screening participation rates.

NCPHN commissioned for consumer insight research into the barriers and enablers for participation in cervical and breast screening by eligible women residing in the north coast region.

The consumer research project was undertaken over the period August 2017 – May 2018.

Within the consumer research full report sits local research report ‘site summaries’. These can be read in conjunction with the locally produced practice level ‘action plans’ and ‘practice identified activity priorities’ for engaging women at high risk of under-screening.

NCPHN encourages local women’s health service providers to implement the research findings and recommendations benefiting communities nationally. A checklist of ‘GP Practical Actions’  have been designed for use in general practice supporting the achievement of increased breast and cervical cancer screening participation rates. These are available here – PracticalActionsChecklist and Practical Actions Flyer

This website is no longer active but is available to browse as a resource.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