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Recipe Name:

Patients eligible for the NBCSP aged 50 years and 4 months or older


Rationale from Sara

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, yet only 4 out 10 eligible people in take part in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.[1]

When detected early bowel cancer can be successfully treated in 90% of cases.[2]

The NBCSP sends people aged 50-74 a free bowel cancer screening test (iFOBT) around the time of their even numbered birthdays (50, 52, 54 etc.).

This recipe supports practices to identify people who have not responded to invitations to screen from the NBCSP so that the practice can reinforce to the patient the importance of completing their bowel cancer screening test when they receive it in the post. 

The recipe identifies people who are four months or more overdue for screening, allowing a three month period for people to return their bowel cancer screening test.

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW): Analysis of cancer outcomes and screening behaviour for national cancer screening programs in Australia . Canberra : AIHW, 2018.

[2] Cancer Institute NSW, 2019: Do the test.


Patients aged 50 years and 4 months or older with no recorded FOBT or no recorded FOBT in the past 28 months

Recipe Limitations:

This report excludes patients with a number of conditions under the 'ineligible’ category.

Practices should be aware of the diagnosis codes that PEN uses to assign patients to ‘ineligible’. 

Practices should undertake periodic clinical review of patients in the ‘ineligible’ category to assess if any of these patients should return to screening.

Your practice may have patients that you consider clinically ineligible for screening that are not captured by these diagnosis codes.  These patients should be manually opted out of screening.

CAT Starting Point:

  1. CAT Open - CAT4 view (all reports) loaded
  2. Population Extract Loaded and Extract Pane “Hidden”
    1. Filter Pane open
    2. OPTIONAL under the ‘General’ tab ‘Active Patients’ (3x <2 years) selected