Australia commenced an organised program of colorectal (bowel) cancer population screening in 2006. Indicators of the performance of this program, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), include the proportion of positive FOBT cases having a follow-up diagnostic assessment (colonoscopy), and the elapsed time between a positive FOBT and the assessment.1 It is desirable that follow-up diagnostic assessments occur in a timely manner, thus minimising potential harms from delayed diagnosis and treatment.2 The data presented in this measure are for the proportion of the eligible population who had a follow-up colonoscopy within 360 days of a positive FOBT result.
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In 2015, 70.1% of the eligible population with a positive FOBT result had a follow-up colonoscopy within 360 days of this result.
In 2015, 57.4% of Indigenous persons with a positive FOBT result had a follow-up colonoscopy within 360 days of this result.
In 2015, the follow-up rate was 54.2% in Very Remote areas and 63.9% in the lowest SES area (SES 1).