Improve collection and recording of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

Only a minority of GPs routinely collect the Indigenous identity status of patients. Many practices make assumptions based on appearance or expect that patients will disclose their Indigenous status without being asked*. Collecting and recording Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status is important for two main reasons: To help shape client care and planning. To

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Improve FOBT screening of people aged 50-74

Our region recorded a 43% participation rate in the the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) in 2018-19. The PHN with the highest national participation rate was Gippsland at 51% (data source: AIHW). NBCSP participation is suboptimal, particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, linguistically diverse communities and groups experiencing social disadvantage. See a

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