World leading cancer care - National Bowel Cancer Screening Program - additional funding

The National Bowel Screening Program offers free bowel cancer screening to eligible people.

Description of the measure

This measure expands the program to include Australians turning 60 years of age from 2013 and those turning 70 years of age from 2015.

Eligible people will be sent an invitation package in the mail, including a screening kit, to participate when they turn:

  • 50, 55 and 65 years of age currently
  • 60 years of age from 1 July 2013
  • 70 years of age in 2015.

People do not need to do anything. The program sends invitations to eligible participants. Early detection of cancer will significantly reduce the burden of bowel cancer on Australians and their families.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

Eligible people will receive an invitation package, including a screening kit, in the mail. The pathology provider will provide test results. Medical practitioners will provide treatment to customers who require follow up from their screening results.

Am I eligible for this measure?

Australians turning 50, 55 and 65 years of age are currently being invited to participate in the program.

The program will be expanded to include Australians turning 60 in 2013 and those turning 70 from 2015.

The participating pathology provider receives payment for services provided.

When will this measure start and finish?

The additional funding measure will start in July 2013. The program is ongoing.

Page last updated: 9 March 2016

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