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Medical screening



Policy report

The development and implementation of alcohol policy: anthropological insights on translation from the global (the World Health Organization) to the local (Indigenous Australia)

In this paper, the author explores the challenges of implementing policy advice when moving from the global (in the form of the World Health Organization) to the local (Australian Indigenous communities). The paper also examines change in societal policies, compares experiences across societies, and tracks...
Briefing paper

Transforming the genomics workforce to sustain high value care

Genomics, where all a person’s genes are examined, as well as the interactions of those genes with each other, is proving a powerful tool for medicine. This report explores some of the challenges currently facing this rapidly evolving sector.
Journal article

Risk factors for Australian school-age children in socio-economically disadvantaged populations not passing ear and hearing screening

This retrospective study describes the outcomes of an ear and hearing screening program for children from lower socio-economic backgrounds in New South Wales, between 2013 and 2016.
Policy report

Being equally well

This report from a number of leading health experts recommends major improvements to primary healthcare services in Australia to stop people with serious mental illnesses from dying between 14 and 23 years earlier than other Australians.
Journal article

Influence of serum iron test results on the diagnosis of iron deficiency in children: a retrospective observational study

This study finds that reliance on serum iron test results by general practitioners is leading to significant overdiagnosis and underdiagnosis of iron deficiency in children.
Report

Medicare advanced imaging payment: dysfunctional policy making

This report outlines background information on U.S Medicare payment for imaging services in outpatient settings, followed by payment issues, trends and factors that make imaging payment policy difficult. It continues with an enumeration of recent policies designed to control Medicare spending on imaging, and offers...
Journal article

Screening for and managing the person with frailty in primary care: ICFSR consensus guidelines

Other authors
Ruiz J.G., Dent E., Morley J.E., Merchant R.A., Beilby J., Beard J., Tripathy C., Sorin M., Andrieu S., Aprahamian I., Arai H., Aubertin-Leheudre M., Bauer J.M., Cesari M., Chen L.-K., Cruz-Jentoft A.J., De Souto Barreto P., Dong B., Ferrucci L., Fielding R., Flicker L., Lundy J., Reginster J.Y., Rodriguez-Mañas L., Rolland Y., Sanford A.M., Sinclair A.J., Viña J., Waters D.L., Won C.W., Woo J., Vellas B.

Although frailty, disability and multimorbidity often coexist and interact, they are distinct and separate concepts. Growing evidence suggests that each of these interrelated conditions is preventable and their associated complications manageable.

Journal article

Understanding consumer perceptions of frailty screening to inform knowledge translation and health service improvements

Despite growing support for the clinical application of frailty, including regular frailty screening for older adults, little is known about how older adults perceive frailty screening. The purpose of this study was to examine older adults' perspectives on frailty screening to inform knowledge translation and...

Report

National bowel cancer screening program: monitoring report 2020

This report presents statistics on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) using key performance indicators.
Journal article

Utilisation of general practice health assessments around an aged care assessment is associated with lower mortality risk in older Australians

Objective: (i) to describe the general practitioner utilisation of health assessments, management plans, coordination of team care arrangements and medication review item numbers within 6 months of an aged care eligibility assessment for home care packages (HCP) and (ii) investigate the impact of health assessments...

Journal article

Feasibility and acceptability of commonly used screening instruments to identify frailty among community-dwelling older people: a mixed methods study

Frailty exposes older people to an elevated risk of a range of negative outcomes. Emerging evidence that frailty can be effectively treated within community settings has stimulated calls for more proactive screening within primary care. Assessing feasibility is a critical preliminary step in assessing the...

Journal article

Lessons from the renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program in Australia

Australia was one of the frst countries to make the transition from cytology-based to HPV-based cervical screening.This analysis of the national program’s transition to a new model looks at the lessons learnt that can provide valuable insights to other settings.
Journal article

General practitioners' perceptions, attitudes and experiences of frailty and frailty screening

This study suggests that Australian GPs may be open to a proactive approach to frailty assessment and treatment, given appropriate training and resources.
Journal article

What does Australia’s investment in genomics mean for public health?

This article argues that while some genetically targeted tests and interventions have demonstrated potential for population‐scale health benefits, more evidence of the cost‐effectiveness is needed.
Report

National bowel cancer screening program: monitoring report 2019

This report presents statistics on the national bowel cancer screening program (NBCSP) using key performance indicators. Of those who were invited to participate in the NBCSP between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017, 41% undertook screening.
Report

Cervical screening in Australia 2019

This is the last monitoring report (to 30 June 2017) for the previous ‘pap test-based’ National Cervical Screening Program, which ceased on 30 November 2017.
Report

Analysis of breast cancer outcomes and screening behaviour for BreastScreen Australia

This analysis found that screen-detected breast cancers were less likely to cause death than never-screened breast cancers for all age groups eligible to screen. The results include outcomes using different correction factors for lead-time bias and screening selection bias that may be more appropriate for...
Report

Population based screening framework

This Population Based Screening Framework, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) principles of screening, has been developed for Australia. The aim of the framework is to provide guidance for decision makers when considering potential population-based screening program in Australia.
Report

National bowel cancer screening program: monitoring report 2018

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) began in 2006. It aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer by actively recruiting and screening the eligible target population aged 50–74 for early detection or prevention of the disease. This monitoring report is the...
Report

Cervical screening in Australia 2018

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) aims to reduce cervical cancer cases, illness and death from cervical cancer in Australia. Cervical screening in Australia 2018 is the latest annual monitoring report for the NCSP, presenting key data for women screened in 2015 and 2016 (prior...