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Best practice methods to promote breast screening


Best practice methods for breast screen promotion are featured in a new BreastScreen Victoria video for health professionals working in Primary Care.

There are various ways to increase screening participation at a practice level, including raising awareness using free resources and also by using practice software to identify women overdue for a breast screen to target women individually.

Keilor Downs Medi-Clinic Practice Nurse and Practice Manager Grace Barbuto encourages all eligible women registered at her practice to be screened every two years.

“Breast screening is very important as it is the best tool we have to detect early cancer in the breast,’’ said Ms Barbuto.

There are a number of ways health professionals can educate their eligible patients about screening.

“If a patient hasn’t had a mammogram before and asks me what it’s all about, I explain the procedure, direct them to the video of the procedure on the website and use the Health Professional recommendation pad,’’ she said.

Copies of women’s screening results are now sent electronically to their GP (with consent) which can be added into their patient record. This advancement now enables practices to search practice systems using the PEN CS Clinical Audit Tool to identify women who are due for a breast screen. This can be added to the suite of recalls and an endorsement letter to the patient can be sent out from the practice.