National Volunteer Week (21–27 May 2018) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
This National Volunteers Week Bowel Cancer Australia would like to thank our many volunteers who offer invaluable support, helping us to save lives and to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with bowel cancer.
Researching a cure for Australia's second deadliest cancer is to receive a major boost with $10.4 million to establish a professorial chair of bowel cancer research at the University of Sydney.
The majority of funding comes from national charity Bowel Cancer Australia, which has committed $6.4 million to establish the position and will be supported by additional funds of $4 million available to the University to advance research into bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer Australia chairman Craig Jackson said that the establishment of the chair at the University of Sydney was the culmination of many years of effort by the Bowel Cancer Australia Board.
The 2018-19 Federal Budget will provide $35 million over four years for a national partnership with State and Territory governments to fund the follow-up of people who have received a positive at-home bowel cancer screening test result and are not recorded as having attended a follow-up appointment with a health professional.
Between January 2015 and December 2016, 3.2 million people were invited to participate, but only 1.3 million (40.9%) took up the offer and completed the test.
However, of those who received a positive screen, only 68% reported having a follow-up diagnostic assessment.
Three weeks prior to Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (June 1 – 30), the 2018 annual National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) monitoring report has been released.
Since the program began in August 2006, about 4.4 million NBCSP screening tests have been completed.