Project aims to make bowel cancer early detection easierJul 06, 2023
The Hastings Macleay Clinical Network Direct Access Colonoscopy project was presented at a recent Healthy North Coast webinar in line with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.
Bowel Cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia with one in 13 people in NSW developing it by the age of 85.
Most bowel cancer cases can be successfully treated if detected in the early stages. Early intervention reduces mortality and associated costs related to managing the condition.
The Direct Access Colonoscopy (DAC) project aims to address the challenges created due to the overall demand for colonoscopy. The project will focus on increasing swift, direct access to colonoscopy services after a positive faecal occult blood test (iFOBT).
A positive result following a bowel screen test requires further assessment, which involves having a colonoscopy.
On June 14, Healthy North Coast and the MNCLHD held a webinar focusing on the new Direct Access Colonoscopy model of care within the Hastings Macleay Clinical Network.
The webinar was presented by Dr Bruce Hodge, a renowned general, colon and breast surgeon and Project Manager for Patient Reported Measures and Value Based Care, Andrew Wong.
Dr Hodge explained the Cancer Institute NSW Direct Access Colonoscopy Model of Care, the referral processes and patient criteria specific to the Hastings Macleay Clinical Network and Andrew Wong demonstrated where to find the information in Health Pathways.
The webinar was specifically tailored for GPs and healthcare professionals in the Wauchope, Port Macquarie and Kempsey region, aiming to enhance their support for patients by ensuring faster access to colonoscopies and early intervention in bowel cancer cases.
If you are interested, a recording is available at Healthy North Coast’s Webinar Recordings page
For further information, please contact Andrew Wong by email: Andrew.Wong5@health.nsw.gov.au