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.
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.
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...
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

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

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

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

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

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...
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...
Journal article

General practitioner referral patterns for women with gynaecological symptoms: a randomised incomplete block study design

Objective: To describe why, when and to whom general practitioners refer women with symptoms possibly attributable to cervical, endometrial or ovarian cancers, and to identify patient and GP factors that predict referral to either a gynaecologist or a gynaecological oncologist.
Journal article

Assessing the efficacy of cancer screening

An evidence-based approach to cancer screening is vital to avoid misleading biases and reliance on intuition, experts say.
Journal article

What is overdiagnosis and why should we take it seriously in cancer screening?

This paper warns that overdiagnosis in cancer screening programs can harm healthy people and undermine screening program goals.
Report

Cervical screening in Australia 2014–2015

Presents the latest national statistics monitoring the National Cervical Screening Program, which aims to reduce incidence, morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer.
Journal article

Public health advocacy in action: the case of unproven breast cancer screening in Australia

In recent years, non-mamographic breast imaging devices, such as thermography, electrical impedance scanning and elastography, have been promoted directly to consumers, which has captured the attention of governments, researchers and health organisations.
Journal article

Impact of the Australian national cervical screening program in women of different ages

Starting cervical cancer screening at age 25 is safe. The findings support the Australian government’s renewed cervical screening program (set to come into effect in May 2017), which recommends that women should start screening for cervical cancer at age 25, not age 18-20. Abstract: The...