Screening for women with a disability
Women with a disability are as much at risk of breast cancer as other women. BreastScreen Victoria is committed to helping women with disabilities overcome the barriers to screening.
You have the right to be accompanied into your appointment by a person/people of your choice. If you are using a service animal you will be afforded the same access to BreastScreen as any other person.
Most women with a disability are able to have a breast screen; however for some it may not be possible to have a mammogram. You should discuss breast screening with your doctor to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Are there other options if I cannot have a breast screen?
Some women with limited mobility are unable to be positioned appropriately for a complete breast screen. For women unable to have a complete breast screen other tests such as ultrasound or clinical examination may be more appropriate. You should discuss these options with your doctor.
Where can I have a breast screen?
- Most screening centres provide wheelchair access. To find out where your nearest accessible clinic is call 13 20 50.
- Our mobile screening service vans visit outer metropolitan and rural areas and are equipped with wheelchair lifts.
- We can provide longer appointment times to meet your needs. We will ask you about your specific requirements when you book your appointment.
- Your carer, friend or family member is welcome to attend the appointment with you.
- We can liaise with local disability services to organise group bookings and familiarisation visits.
- Guide and assistance dogs are welcome at your appointment.
What if I need help communicating?
We can provide Auslan interpreter services at the appointment.
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service. This is an Australia-wide telephone access service for people who have hearing or speech impairments.
- TTY users phone 13 36 77 then ask for 13 20 50.
- Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 13 20 50.
- Internet relay users connect to the National Relay Service then ask for 13 20 50.
What if I have an intellectual disability?
Women with intellectual disabilities are encouraged to discuss breast screening with their doctor before making an appointment.
We liaise with carers/support people or legal guardians to organise familiarisation visits and ensure women with intellectual disabilities are appropriately supported at screening.
Group bookings and familiarisation visits
BreastScreen Victoria can organise familiarisation visits and group bookings for women with disabilities. Please contact us for more information.
- Download the PDF information sheet Screening for women with disabilities.
Video about experience of client with disability
Women like Tricia, with a disability, are as much at risk of breast cancer as other women. We are committed to helping women with disabilities overcome the barriers to screening.