I’ve screened for me30-08-2022
The videos, called “I’ve Screened For Me” were created as part of a Gippsland Primary Health Network campaign designed to promote the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and to encourage others to screen.
In our June newsletter, CSSANZ featured a new ‘Patients Corner’ segment where we provided links to a series of videos featuring bowel cancer survivor Donna Faulkner. The videos, called “I’ve Screened For Me” were created as part of a Gippsland Primary Health Network campaign designed to promote the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and to encourage others to screen. Donna continues to advocate for screening and recently got in touch with CSSANZ with this follow up information:
“Recently I had the privilege of speaking at a Melbourne Football Club Coterie Function and used the opportunity to promote the importance of bowel cancer screening. I spoke briefly about my experience (absolutely no symptoms however the screening detected a T4 tumor). At the conclusion six people came up to me thanking me for the inspiration/reminder/reason for screening, confirming that they all had ignored the opportunity to screen. It was interesting to hear their lame excuses for not screening; (haven’t had time; don’t really want to know if anything is wrong; I am only 52 years old; going overseas soon). All six men committed to screen and said they would let me know when they were done. Three people emailed me and the others spoke with me at the recent Football function confirming that they have now screened. I never want to be thought of as the bowel screening police but clearly sharing experiences contributes to awareness of the importance of proactive health care.” – Donna Faulkner August 2022
The "I've screened for me" project was funded through the former Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Latrobe Health Innovation Zone: Early Detection and Screening including Tobacco Initiative, delivered by Gippsland Primary Health Network.