The Department of Health is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health services. We have updated our frequently asked questions to include information about the impact of COVID-19 on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and have also compiled specific COVID-19 information for health professionals.
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’ve received your bowel screening kit and would like help to understand the instructions, contact the Test Kit Helpline 1800 930 998. If you have any questions about your bowel screening kit, contact the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701.
Read the Cancer Council NSW reports on the impact of COVID-19 on our cancer screening programs on our new website.
More information on COVID-19 is available through the Department of Health website or through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080.
Review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
The Department of Health has commenced a review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Consultations will commence in October 2020 and include the opportunity for public submissions. More information will be published shortly.
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.