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Activity description

125602 - Breast Cancer Screening- Plan, Do, Study, Act

Cancer Council Western Australia

As part of the GP Education Project, Cancer Council WA has developed this PDSA activity to support GPs in identifying and encouraging eligible patients to participate in breast cancer screening with BreastScreen WA. The goal of the activity is to improve the participation of eligible women in BreastScreen in your practice by engaging with women, increasing awareness of BreastScreen and encouraging informed participation. Women who are identified as eligible will be contacted by the GP/practice and encouraged to book a free screening mammogram appointment with BreastScreen WA or to discuss further with practice staff.

Relevance to General Practice

BreastScreen Australia is the national population-based breast cancer screening program, which invites asymptomatic women aged 50–74 for free two-yearly screening mammograms. However, in 2015–2016, only around 54% of the target population participated in screening mammogram through BreastScreen.

GPs play a key role in ensuring the continued success of BreastScreen. While not directly involved in service provision for breast cancer screening, GPs endorsement of, and recommendation to participate has a strong influence on women’s decisions to participate in screening. Implementation of key strategies in general practice, such as, GP endorsement and recommendation, reminder systems, prompt SMS messages, auditing of eligible patients for screening, and opportunistic conversations with eligible patients can ensure GPs continue to contribute to the success of the BreastScreen Australia program.

Learning outcomes

  1. Analyse the practice’s current reminder procedures/systems for breast cancer screening engagement of eligible women.
  2. Identify women who are eligible for free breast cancer screening with BreastScreen WA.
  3. Develop and implement a reminder system targeting women that are eligible for free breast cancer screening.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the reminder system developed as part of this activity.
  5. Promote and contribute to the delivery of the BreastScreen Australia Program.

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Appropriate mode of care delivery to suit the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Rural health
  • Women's health
  • General practice teaching
  • Other
QI activity

Session summary


Monday 26 Mar 2018 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time



Face to face




By invitation only

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Sandra Stevenson
T: 0893884379