Program Frameworks and Strategies

The implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is supported and guided by a number of framework and strategy documents.

Page last updated: 03 April 2017

Policy Framework

A document is being developed which will outline the Policy Framework for Phase Four of the Program which covers the phased implementation of biennial screening from 2015 to 2020.
The Phase Four Policy Framework will be published when finalised.

Quality Framework

The Quality Framework has been developed as part of a suite of documents to support the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. It serves as an aspirational framework informed by best practice, and describes the quality the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to achieve. It builds on the collaborative, inter-government and inter-sectoral nature of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program to promote quality across the screening pathway.

The Quality Framework is intended to be used by all those involved in the screening pathway to guide individual and organisational activities, articulate specific responsibilities and highlight interdependencies. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program will continue to work with key stakeholders and industry groups to identify gaps in quality and take action for improvement where appropriate.

This Quality Framework has been endorsed by the Standing Committee on Screening.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Quality Framework October 2016 (PDF 3153 KB)
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Quality Framework October 2016 (Word 2843 KB)

Primary Health Care Engagement Strategy

The goal of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Primary Health Care Engagement Strategy (2016-2020) is to engage the primary health care sector to encourage and guide participation in the Program.

Primary health care providers/general practitioners (PHPs) have indicated support for playing a central role in the Program. Evidence suggests that greater involvement by PHPs in encouraging and supporting participation in the Program is required to complement the Program’s direct mail method.

The Strategy was developed by the Department of Health in consultation with state and territory governments, the Cancer Council Australia, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian College for Rural and Remote Medicine, the Australian Primary Care Nurses Association and the Australian Association for Practice Management.

It identifies the following five broad priority areas for action:

    1. Working in partnership to engage PHPs
    2. Professional development and information for PHPs on the Program
    3. Practice tools and resources
    4. Working with PHPs to promote equitable access to the Program for under-screened groups
    5. Efficient register and reporting systems.
A National Action Plan has been developed to detail the actions and timeframes associated with each priority area, focusing on areas requiring national coordination and action.

The Department of Health has overarching policy development and program implementation responsibility for the Program and will lead the implementation of this strategy and the action plan in consultation with the Program’s advisory group.

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Primary Health Care Engagement Strategy (2016-2020) (PDF 1017 KB)
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Primary Health Care Engagement Strategy (2016-2020) (Word 289 KB)