GPs deliver clinically appropriate advice, services, treatment and care, and provide data on participants and their outcomes to the Program Register.
For your patients, you are asked to:
- encourage those who are sent a screening test and for whom the test is clinically relevant, to participate
- assess those with a positive result and refer them for further examination as clinically indicated, for example a colonoscopy
- indicate whether a patient referred for colonoscopy is a program participant to assist with reporting to the Program Register. Program stickers are available by calling the Information Line on 1800 118 868.
- notify the Program Register of referral/non referral for colonoscopy or other bowel examination for participants with a positive result. This can be done by returning the program’s GP Assessment Form by fax or post. Provision of information will attract a payment.
- manage individuals identified as being at increased risk of bowel cancer in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Guidelines.
- inform individuals at average risk that the NHMRC Guidelines recommend screening at least once every two years from the age of 50.