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At last, a REAL cancer breakthrough (and why some politicians deserve a cuddle)

Melissa Sweet May 8, 2012 4 Comments

Among the many announcements ahead of tonight’s Federal Budget was this one of an expansion of ¬†bowel cancer screening. In the article below, Terry Slevin, Education and Research Director at Cancer Council WA, explains some of the background to the announcement, and also suggests that the Ministers responsible “deserve a cuddle”. *** How this “historic […]

Your guide to budget health coverage @ Croakey

Your guide to budget health coverage @ Croakey

Melissa Sweet May 12, 2011 3 Comments

There has been a veritable deluge of budget coverage at Croakey in recent days. To help readers negotiate it all, here is a summary. The stories are grouped under the headings of mental health, Indigenous health, public health, general reaction, and cancer.

The “pretend” bowel cancer screening program is an opportunity lost

Melissa Sweet May 11, 2011 4 Comments

Kathy Flitcroft, from the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, has previously described the Federal Government’s policy failures around bowel cancer screening. The budget’s announcements on bowel cancer screening (as outlined by Cancer Council Australia’s Professor Ian Olver last night) add to her sense that the Government’s commitment evidence-based policy is […]

The good and the bad news from the budget on bowel cancer screening

Melissa Sweet May 10, 2011 5 Comments

After much agitation over the future of the national bowel cancer screening program, the budget promises $138.7 million over four years to continue the program. It’s a welcome step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done, says Professor Ian Olver, CEO of Cancer Council Australia. *** A bigger investment in bowel […]

More problems with bowel cancer screening program: data is missing on thousands of patients

Melissa Sweet September 27, 2010

As Croakey has previously reported, there have been some major problems with federal health policy-making around the national bowel cancer screening program. Now, Rada Rouse, a senior medical writer at Medical Observer magazine, reports that there also some serious problems with the program’s implementation. Rada Rouse writes: Data is missing on follow-up of thousands of […]

Why bowel cancer screening should target poorer patients

Melissa Sweet October 6, 2009 2 Comments

As previously mentioned at Croakey, the latest Medical Journal of Australia has published a study examining the impact of the national bowel cancer screening program. It suggests that the program may be more likely to benefit the better off. Professor Mark Harris, from the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity,¬† says there is […]

The good and the worrying news about bowel cancer screening

Melissa Sweet October 5, 2009 1 Comment

Do cancer screening programs increase the health gap between the well-to-do and the not-so-well-off? That is one worrying implication from a study just published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Researchers sought to examine the initial impact of the national bowel cancer screening program which offers faecal occult blood testing to those aged 55 or […]