Role of colonoscopists & pathologists

Gastroenterologists, colonoscopists, surgeons and pathologists play a key role in ensuring that program participants progress through the screening pathway.

Page last updated: 21 March 2018

Colonoscopists and pathologists 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:

  • manage patients in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approved Guidelines, including informed consent, follow up treatment and/or screening as relevant
  • when assessing a patient referred for colonoscopy, identify if they are a program participant to assist with reporting to the Program Register
  • following colonoscopy or endoscopy, identify the patient as a program participant by claiming the relevant MBS items (32088 and/or 32089)
  • notify the Program Register of colonoscopy outcomes and any follow up testing or treatment for a program participant with a positive immunochemical Faecal Occult Blood Test (iFOBT) result
  • report the results of a colonoscopy and histopathology from testing specimens collected during the colonoscopy procedure, including during a surgical resection, using the relevant program form.
  • report adverse events which may have occurred during the colonoscopy procedure.  

Provision of information will attract a payment.

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