Promote screening with your patients
There are various ways to increase screening participation at your practice or pharmacy. BreastScreen Victoria can provide you with support to do this.
Who is eligible?
Women and trans and gender diverse (TGD) people aged 40 and over who do not have breast symptoms are eligible for free breast screens with BreastScreen Victoria.
Women and TGD people aged 50 to 74 are invited for a free breast screen every two years. This is because the evidence of benefit is strongest in this age group.
Women and TGD people under 40 and over 74 are encouraged to talk to their doctor about whether breast screening is right for them.
You can add recall flags so that you can remind your patients at their next consultation that they are due for a breast screen appointment. If your practice uses the PEN CS clinical audit tool and receives patient results electronically from us you can use your system to identify:
- patients who have never screened as they won't have any results
- lapsed screeners as they won't have any results within the last two years
Partnering with pharmacies
Pharmacists are often on the front line of health care and can be powerful advocates for breast screening. A number of pharmacies have joined our campaign to promote breast screening in their communities.
Our pharmacy campaign also meets the Health Promotion Activity T3H Checklist for the Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP)
We provide free training, resources, support and reporting documentation for your accreditation.
To find out more about how your pharmacy can take part, contact us and ask to speak to the Health Promotion team.
Our website allows people to book an appointment through My BreastScreen. The What happens at a screening section takes you through the process and also includes the video shown below about having a breast screen.
You can download our GP recommendation pad which provides information to encourage your patients to book an appointment.
We have a range of free information resources in a variety of languages that you can order for your practice.