General practices to help increase cancer screening rates in 2021

  21 December 2020  NWMPHN   

Across the country, cancer screening rates have dropped due to the pandemic. In April alone there was a 98 per cent decrease in mammograms conducted, from 70,000 in March down to just 1,100. 

So, in January 2021, we’re launching the Cancer Screening Outreach Project in partnership with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Council Victoria and Victorian Cytology Service Foundation. This is a new quality improvement project that will give practices the opportunity to develop skills and activities to maximise cancer screening participation rates in their area. 

Practices will be supported by: 

  • Generous grant amounts to complete activities 
  • In-practice training for whole of practice 
  • A dedicated North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network project officer for the duration of the project 
  • Resource hub for all cancer screening related information.

More information will be provided in January 2021, with an Expression of Interest released.