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.
The Government also committed to the continued implementation of the National Cancer Screening Register.
Yet, the new bowel cancer screening register has a 'no go live' date, despite being initially scheduled to go live in March 2017.
Back in May 2016, the Government announced it had awarded Telstra a $220 million five-year contract to operate national cancer registries, including the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
However, there is an ongoing delay in the transition to a new bowel cancer screening register while bowel cancer remains Australia's second deadliest cancer.