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Cancer Screening Program on a Winning Streak

Our Cancer Screening program team recently attended the sixth annual 2017 Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference in Sydney, which brings together NSW health professionals to learn and share the latest innovations in quality cancer treatment and care.

At the Conference, they presented some original 'posters' from our Cancer Screening program, that were designed to creatively and visually portray the achievements of the program.

Aboriginal Health Worker, Elly Chatfield, who promotes cancer screening amongst Aboriginal groups living in Lithgow as part of the program, contributed some beautiful original artwork for the posters, and the final design looked amazing. 

The result was such an eye catching success that the team was honoured with the "Best Poster" award.

Our Cancer Screening program has gone from strength to strength, which is especially noteworthy given it only commenced last year.  In addition to the funding we secured for raising local screening awareness for bowel, breast and cervical cancer, we have just been successful in securing another two Cancer Institute grants.

The new round of funding will be used to investigate bowel cancer screening perceptions and practices amongst culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men aged 50 - 74 in our region, and a project to support pregnant women with effective smoking cessation advise via a training and quality improvement program with general practice. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October will present another opportunity to continue our efforts to highlight the importance of cancer screening for early diagnosis and better disease management within our region.

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.
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