The Community-led Cancer Screening Project (CLCSP) is a three-year project (to November 2020), being led by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) and funded by Victorian Department Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The goal of the project is;
Equitable participation in cancer screening programs for the Aboriginal community in Wyndham and for low socio-economic and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Brimbank.
There are four key principles that will drive the project outcomes;
- Locally driven initiatives;
- Partnerships; and,
The project is using two main strategies or workstreams. Workstream 1 will focus on strengthening systems and knowledge within general practice to support under-screened communities to participate in cancer screening programs. General practices in Brimbank and Wyndham LGA’s will be targeted.
For Workstream One, a quality improvement toolkit including education resources, data management, processes, setting baselines and goals, recalls and reminders, patient centred, and culturally sensitive initiatives will be developed or procured between the three PHNs who are leads on the CLCSP. The toolkit will form the basis of quality improvement work in general practices in the Wyndham and Brimbank LGAs.
Workstream Two will target two local government areas within NWMPHN. A place-based approach in Wyndham will be the focus for Aboriginal communities and in Brimbank for low SES and CALD communities. Local communities will be engaged to identify barriers to screening and prioritise and co-design intensive community-based activities to improve cancer-screening rates.