The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently released the 2017 NBCSP Monitoring Report, available at - The report includes data on participation rates, including:

  • an overall participation rate of 39% for 2014 and 2015, up from 37% in the previous two year period
  • variable participation by jurisdiction – ranging from 29% in the Northern Territory to 46% in South Australia
  • lower participation for those living in remote and very remote areas and lower socio-economic areas
  • estimated participation rate for Indigenous Australians - 24%
  • higher participation for women than men (41% compared with 37%)
  • higher participation with increasing age, from 29% for people aged 50-54 to 53% for people aged 70-74

Based on the data available, the Report also notes that in 2015 about 41,000 Australians returned a positive screening test (blood detected). 70% of these people had reported a follow-up diagnostic assessment, with 1 in 29 diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected cancer and 1 in 8 having adenomas detected (which have the potential to become cancerous). This highlights the importance of promoting participation in the NBCSP.


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