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Health Professionals

Your clients will probably not raise the subject of bowel screening so it is important that you do. Research has shown that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would like their doctor, nurse or health worker to talk to them about it.

On this page are resources you can use to start the bowel screening conversation or refresh your knowledge about the NBCSP, bowel cancer and bowel screening.


Resources for health workers and nurses

Aboriginal Cancer Journeys

Cancer Council SA - cancer stories of kinship, hope and survival.

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Making Tracks – SA Health

Bowel cancer resources 'Making Tracks' produced by SA Health which includes a video and flip chart.

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Information sheet for health workers

A resource for health workers for talking about the test.

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APNA webinar

APNA webinar

Webinar on bowel screening from the Australian Practice Nurses Association.

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health worker and patient

Webinar: How to encourage patients to do a bowel screening test

Gain skills, knowledge and confidence to talk about the tricky subject of bowel cancer and bowel screening.

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Stories from Indigenous cancer survivors and families

Reflecting on the cancer journey.

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Resources for GPs

As a doctor, nurse or health worker you have an important role in talking to your community about bowel screening.

doctor talking about bowel screening with patient

Information sheet for GPs

Guide to talking about bowel screening with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

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stethescope

GPs and the NBCSP

How GPs can support the Program, program information and clinical guidelines.

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Bowel cancer video

Videos for health professionals

Series of four brief videos presented by Dr Norman Swan.

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health worker and patient

Webinar: How to encourage patients to do a bowel screening test

Gain skills, knowledge and confidence to talk about the tricky subject of bowel cancer and bowel screening.

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Resources for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

Postcard: Bowel screening is women’s business

This postcard provides information about the importance of bowel screening for women.

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Flip chart

A flip chart to assist health workers to talk about bowel screening with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Bowel Cancer Blues music video

Bowel cancer blues – music video

Do that test you've got nothing to lose, to avoid bowel cancer blues.

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Bruce Loo

Bruce explains how to do the test

Bruce has done the test twice now - it's pretty easy to do.

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grand mother and grand daughter

Take the test – music video

Music video from the Top End – it’s not shame, it’s just a part of life.

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Aboriginal Communities – Cancer Council Victoria

A fantastic website of resources, information and support services.

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Muludja

Check ’em – music video

Muludja community spreads the word of doing the test.

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Health worker and patient

Poster

Poster to raise awareness about bowel screening.

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Sharon Wallace

Dad died from bowel cancer

Sharon shares the story of how bowel cancer affected her family.

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Postcard: Bowel screening is men’s business

This postcard provides information about the importance of bowel screening for men.

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GP, health worker and patient

Postcard

Start a yarn about bowel screening.

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Ernest Brimm

Ernest Brimm’s story

Do the test as soon as it comes in the mail.

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Young girl

Second chance – music video

A bowel cancer survivor encourages others to do a bowel screening test.

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David Copely

David survived bowel cancer

David wished he'd taken more notice when the kit came in the mail.

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Stories from Indigenous cancer survivors and families

Reflecting on the cancer journey.

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How to do the test – for patients

A short animation showing how to do the test.

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For more information go to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program website.