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Finding cancer early increases the chances of successful treatment and survival.

The Latrobe Health Innovation Zone project will work to improve participation in three population-based cancer screening programs and improve access to screening services for vulnerable and high-risk groups.

The Australian Government operates several screening programs for eligible Australians.

Outreach Health Checks for the Latrobe Community

Do you have nurses who are interested in doing some additional community-based work for six months?

Can your practice provide health risk assessments in local community settings?

Contribute to improving health and wellbeing of your community by participating in a trial to provide free health risk assessments in community settings.

Community Cancer Screening Grants

Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) is offering grants to support community driven activities aimed at increasing participation and awareness of breast, bowel and/or cervical cancer screening programs among under-screened people living in Latrobe Valley.

BreastScreen Australia

BreastScreen Australia is a national breast-screening program for well women without symptoms aged 50-69 years, although women aged 40-49 and 70 years and older are able to attend for screening. Book your free mammogram every two years by calling BreastScreen on 13 20 50. 

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program offers eligible Australians aged from 50 to 74 a chance to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple test at home. Find out more on 1800 118 868

Screen For Me Campaign

Screen For Me is a social marketing and social media campaign designed to boost community participation in the national breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programs.  It uses the strength of a local community and community members, including children, grandchildren, friends, partners and parents, to have an influence on their loved ones health by asking them to Screen For Me.

The National Cervical Screening Program

The National Cervical Screening Program offers a five-yearly cervical screening test for women aged between 25 and 74. This revised program replaces the two-yearly Pap test. Women already having Pap tests, should have their first Cervical Screening Test when they are next due for a Pap test. Find out more on 13 15 56.

Latrobe Cancer Screening Collaborative

Established in May 2019 to help address low levels of cancer screening, The Latrobe Cancer Screen Collaborative (the Collaborative) pilot project has now ended with promising results of improvement across the four participating general practices.

A feature of the program as it journeyed toward completion was the recording of four podcasts between the Collaborative WAVE Chair, Dr Wayne Thompson, and participants from clinics, including one GP and two Practice Nurses.

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