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Cancer Screening Trial Success

Hahndorf and Mount Barker South Medical Clinics, two of Better Medical’s group of 6 medical clinics in the Adelaide Hills were invited to participate in the Cancer Screening Checklist Trial developed by Cancer Council SA and supported by SA Country PHN.

“Julie Di Rito from SA Country PHN and Raya Dubyna from Cancer Council SA met with the team to share the purpose of the trial and explain the process” explained Laura Mucci, Engagement Manager. “We invited them to provide a brief presentation at one of our Clinical Meetings which was great because it meant our GPs knew about the project and could support it during their consultations”.

“The reception staff have been promoting the Cancer Screening Checklist Trial to patients in the waiting room” stated Becky Hutchinson, the Checklist Co-ordinator. Becky’s role has been to guide the reception team to continue their great work with health initiatives, by explaining the process and sending the completed checklists to Raya. Once a process was established and with the resources provided by Raya, the Reception team were able to hand out the checklists to patients as they presented at reception.  To complement the trial, the reception team used the health board in the waiting room to promote the program.

Feedback from patients has been positive. Patients have been happy to fill in the survey. Very few have declined.

When patients bring the checklist in to their appointment with their GP, it prompts a discussion around screening. Dr Leng Hui Chin consults at both Hahndorf and Mount Barker South and welcomes the opportunity to follow up cancer screening for her patients. The screening tool has enabled her to review the current screening status for Breast cancer, Cervical and Bowel for females and Bowel screening for males, noting that as a result of the checklist, referrals for bowel and breast screening have increased.

Kathryn, a patient from the Hahndorf Clinic, said she “wouldn’t have had the (FOB) test done if it weren’t for the study”, even if her Doctor suggested she do it. With no signs or symptoms, the test revealed 3 positive results. Needless to say, Kathryn is booked in to see a specialist soon and is grateful that she’s been tested and remains hopeful about her long term health.
Team work has been essential to ensure the success of this project.

“We absolutely welcome the opportunity to participate in quality improvement activities” said Laura Mucci. “This will continue to be a very useful trial for the long-term health of our patients”.