The Department of Health is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health services. COVID-19 may be impacting your usual GP, so if you have received a result and have any questions, please call your doctor. If you are unable to leave home to visit your GP, you can access GP services through telehealth. If you have any questions about your bowel screening kit, contact the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701. More information on COVID-19 is available through the Department of Health website or through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080.
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites eligible people starting at age 50 and continuing to age 74 (without symptoms) to screen for bowel cancer using a free, simple test at home.
Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. Around one in 23 Australians will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime.
The NBCSP aims to continue to reduce deaths from bowel cancer through early detection of the disease.