National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The NBCSP aims to reduce the morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer by actively recruiting and screening the target population for early detection.

The data presented here are reported against the new NBCSP indicators. The NBCSP indicators measure program performance for people invited to participate in screening and are consistent with the five Australian Population Based Screening Framework steps.For further details on the development process and technical specifications of the NBCSP indicators, see National Bowel Cancer Screening Program documentation, Key performance indicators for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program: technical report​.

Latest NBCSP performance indicator results, by Primary Health Network and SA3
Indicator Time period Overall value
Recruitment
Indicator 1: Participation

(select ‘NBCSP’—top left of dynamic data screen)
2014–2015 38.9%
Screening
Indicator 2: Screening positivity 2015 8%
Assessment
Indicator 3: Diagnostic assessment rate 2015 70%
Indicator 4: Median time between positive screen & assessment 2015 53 days
Diagnosis
Indicator 5a: Adenoma detection rate not available(a)
Indicator 5b: Positive predictive value for detecting adenoma not available(a)
Indicator 6a: Colorectal cancer detection rate not available(a)
Indicator 6b: Positive predictive value for detecting colorectal cancer not available(a)
Indicator 7: Interval cancer rate not available(a)
Indicator 8: Cancer clinico-pathological stage not available(a)
Outcomes
Indicator 9: Adverse events – hospital admission 2015 9 per 10,000
assessments
Indicator 10: Incidence of colorectal cancer

(select ‘Colorectal’—using the drop down list)
2006–2010(b) 63.0 cases per 100,000
Indicator 11: Mortality from colorectal cancer

(select ‘Colorectal’—using the drop down list)
2009–2013(b) 16.1 deaths per 100,000
  1. The data required to report on this indicator are not yet available or are incomplete.
  2. Latest year of complete national cancer data is reported. Five-year counts are required due to confidentiality and reliability concerns.

Source: AIHW analysis of National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Register as at 31 December 2016; Australian Cancer Database 2012; National Mortality Database.