Activity data

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Invitations issued are a count of all screening invitations issued within the relevant period, for those within the target age group. Two-yearly screening was only fully rolled out from 2020, and prior to that, specific ages invited within the 50–74 were invited to screen each year. This phasing in of age groups is also reflected in quarterly activity counts. The age groups invited for the periods covered in this report are shown in the section NBCSP age groups invited by year.

Total kits returned are a count of all kits returned during the relevant period. This can include kits issued in a previous period and returned at a later date. It can also include multiple kits per person (invitee) due to expired, spoiled, damaged, or incorrectly completed kits.

Although terminology is similar, activity counts of invites issued or screening kits returned should not be directly compared with the formal NBCSP participation indicator. Activity counts are a count of events, not people.

National Cervical Screening Program

Screening tests are a count of all primary screening HPV tests performed within the relevant period for those within the target age group. Follow-up tests for people who had a positive screening test, or treatment for HPV infection, are not included. Transition from the previous 2-yearly screening program to the renewed 5-yearly screening program occurred from 1 December 2017. Quarterly activity counts are only shown for the renewed NCSP from 2018 onwards as program data for previous years are not comparable.

Although terminology is similar, activity counts of screening tests should not be directly compared with the formal NCSP participation indicator. Activity counts are a count of events, not people.

BreastScreen Australia

Activity data for BreastScreen Australia are available for the first time in the quarterly report and were supplied by BreastScreen Australia state and territory programs. The number of screening mammograms performed are presented by state/territory, age group and quarterly and monthly between 2014 and 2020.

Although terminology is similar, activity counts of screening tests should not be directly compared with the formal BreastScreen Australia participation indicator. Activity counts are a count of events, not people.

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Invitations issued are a count of all screening invitations issued within the relevant period, for those within the target age group. Two-yearly screening was only fully rolled out from 2020, and prior to that, specific ages invited within the 50–74 were invited to screen each year. This phasing in of age groups is also reflected in quarterly activity counts. The age groups invited for the periods covered in this report are shown in the section NBCSP age groups invited by year.

Total kits returned are a count of all kits returned during the relevant period. This can include kits issued in a previous period and returned at a later date. It can also include multiple kits per person (invitee) due to expired, spoiled, damaged, or incorrectly completed kits.

Although terminology is similar, activity counts of invites issued or screening kits returned should not be directly compared with the formal NBCSP participation indicator. Activity counts are a count of events, not people.

National Cervical Screening Program

Screening tests are a count of all primary screening HPV tests performed within the relevant period for those within the target age group. Follow-up tests for people who had a positive screening test, or treatment for HPV infection, are not included. Transition from the previous 2-yearly screening program to the renewed 5-yearly screening program occurred from 1 December 2017. Quarterly activity counts are only shown for the renewed NCSP from 2018 onwards as program data for previous years are not comparable.

Although terminology is similar, activity counts of screening tests should not be directly compared with the formal NCSP participation indicator. Activity counts are a count of events, not people.

BreastScreen Australia

Activity data for BreastScreen Australia are available for the first time in the quarterly report and were supplied by BreastScreen Australia state and territory programs. The number of screening mammograms performed are presented by state/territory, age group and quarterly and monthly between 2014 and 2020.

Although terminology is similar, activity counts of screening tests should not be directly compared with the formal BreastScreen Australia participation indicator. Activity counts are a count of events, not people.