Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel Cancer Screening

Bowel cancer screening saves lives. It is the best way of detecting bowel cancer early, because the disease often develops without symptoms.

As a healthcare professional, you play a critical role in encouraging patients to take part in screening!

GPs influence their patients, can identify why they aren’t screening, and encourage them to do the test. Once people start screening, 80% will re-screen when they’re next invited.

Read more about how to help patients overcome barriers to bowel screening in the following resource:

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Campaign – A communications campaign to help save lives from bowel cancer

For more information, visit the Cancer Council website

2023 Awareness Days Calendar

We’ve put together an awareness days calendar to highlight important days and events which you may wish to celebrate or participate in within your Practice.

You can download the calendar for January to June below:

Download 2023 Calendar (Jan-JUN)

What are the changes? Details at NSW Health:

Australian Immunisation Handbook

National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator

The National Immunisation Catch-up Calculator (NICC) is now available and is based on the Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP) recommendations for Australian immunisation schedules. 

The Calculator does not provide recommendations for individuals with Medical at Risk conditions where additional boosters may be recommended.

Users should always exercise their own independent skill or judgment or seek additional professional advice before relying on the information provided for clinical decision making.

The Calculator can be accessed via the Australian Immunisation Handbook website.

Vaccine Cold Chain Management

Cold Chain Breach

  1. Isolate / quarantine vaccines – keep refrigerated and do not use
  2. Contact your local public health unit (PHU) on 1300 066 055
  3. Complete the Cold Chain Breach Reporting Form and email to PHU; include data logger readings and the chart of min/max monitoring (am & pm).
Immunisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

National Immunisation Program for all Indigenous people (NIP – funded vaccines) from 1 July 2020

 ATAGI clinical advice on changes to vaccine recommendations and funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 1 July 2020 (attached). Changes relate to:

  1. Meningococcal B (Men B) vaccine (Bexsero®)
  2. Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) vaccine (Nimenrix®)
  3. 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (13vPCV, Prevenar 13®)
  4. 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV, Pneumovax 23®)



Emergency Preparedness

Immunisation Education and CPD online modules

Q Fever

Yellow Fever


PIP Quality Improvement Measures 

PEN CS Training Guide:


 To be eligible to receive a PIP QI payment general practices must:

  • be eligible to claim PIPs – be accredited or registered for accreditation
  • register for the PIP QI Incentive through Health Professional Online Services (HPOS) from 1 August 2019
  • electronically submit data to Western NSW Primary Health Network – WNSW PHN has elected to use PEN CAT tool for practices to submit data
  • undertake continuous quality improvement activities in partnership with WNSW PHN


Improvement Measures – Influenza Immunisation PEN CS Recipes

PEN CS Webinars

 Practice Management
 Quality Health Information Program