June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Held by Bowel Cancer Australia, this annual initiative aims to raise awareness of Australia’s second deadliest cancer, which claims more than 100 Australian lives every week.

If found early, bowel cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer. While the risk increases significantly with age, the disease doesn’t discriminate, affecting men and women, young and old. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer by screening the eligible target population for early detection of the disease. Eligible Australians (those aged 50–74) are sent a free screening kit and are invited to screen every 2 years.

The North Coast recorded a 43% participation rate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in 2019. The NSW average was 40%.

General practice endorsement is one of the strongest motivational factors for people to participate in screening. To support an increase in bowel cancer screening in your practice and access program resources, visit our Primary Care Impact page Improve FOBT screening of people aged 50–74. The page also includes a PDSA and case study by the Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service.

The risk of bowel cancer can be reduced by being smoke free, staying active, enjoying a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, limiting the intake of red and processed meats, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

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Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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