COVID-19 has negatively impacted screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancer in general practices and Aboriginal medical services Australia-wide. This year, there have been 145,000 fewer screening mammograms performed. 6 out of 10 eligible people are not participating in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. 4 out of 10 eligible women are overdue for cervical screening.

By participating in national breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening programs, people have better cancer survival outcomes than those diagnosed who had never been screened.

60% of patients reported they were more likely to screen when reminded by their GP.

Pen CS has developed a toolkit for practices to find under-screened or never screened patients to recall them or share patient information. The Stand Up to Cancer Toolkit was created in collaboration with Cancer Institute NSW, WA Primary Health Alliance and North Coast Primary Health Network.

The toolkit assists practices to increase cancer screening participation using CAT4 by finding the right patients at the right time, before they fall through the gap.

Completion of activities outlined in this toolkit will contribute to Criterion C4.1 – Health Promotion and Preventive Care of the RACGP 5th edition Standards and Department of Health’s PIP QI Improvement Measure 9.

About Clinical Audit Tool, CAT Plus for General Practice

The Clinical Audit Tool, CAT4, trusted in over 6000 practices and Aboriginal medical services across Australia, is compatible with 13 clinical information systems. CAT4 is also used for secure healthcare data sharing for the Department of Health’s PIP QI Program.

Pen CS’ Data Governance Framework adheres to the Privacy Act 1988, Privacy Amendment Act 2012 and the Privacy Regulation Act 2013. Pen CS does not host or own any patient data and instead empower general practices to manage their own patient data. Find out more.

To find out more about CAT Plus and Cancer Screening, contact Pen CS Support.

Further information on National Cancer Screening Programs in Australia: