Role of GPs

GPs play a key role in ensuring that program participants progress through the screening pathway.

Page last updated: 05 November 2013

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.

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