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Annual Report 2009-2010 Department of Health and Families



Annual Report 2009-2010 Department of Health and Families

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Department Health and Families 137 Well Womens Cancer Screening Program Well Womens Cancer Screening incorporates two national programs both of which aim to detect cancers at an early stage to prevent mortality and morbidity. These services are BreastScreen NT and the NT Cervical Screening program. BreastScreen NT is a free breast x-ray screening program targeted at women with no breast symptoms who are aged between 50 and 69. Clinics are provided in Alice Springs, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Darwin, Palmerston and Nhulunbuy. Key Achievements In 2009-10 a total of 4855 women were screened and 85% (4167) were in the target age group. Access to the Northern Territory electoral roll facilitated an increase in the participation of women aged 5069 years in breast screening. Of all women screened, 64% lived in outer regional, 21% in remote, 13% in very remote areas and 1% were interstate women screened in the Territory. Stepdown assessments continue for women with a screening detected abnormality. Under this process, women who have a screen detected abnormality may return to routine screening after further X-rays. This has reduced the number of women needing to attend a full assessment clinic. In 2009-10 88 women attended a step-down assessment. Of these women, only 14 (15%) continued on to attend a full assessment clinic. The Darwin and Alice Springs services have been successfully converted to Computed Radiography (CR) and additional CR equipment has been purchased to travel around to the remote towns of Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and to Palmerston where short term screening blocks are held. Primary Health Care in NT Prisons The Departments Community Health Branch has taken responsibility for the primary health care service in Territory Prisons. The Department has a requirement to provide primary health care services to adult prisoners (prisoners) and juvenile detainees (detainees) within correctional institutions in the Territory. Prisoners and detainees under custody of {! primary health services that align with normal community standards of care. Key Achievements The Community Health Branch provided health screening to 3600 prisoners in correctional institutions in the Territory. Palmerston Super Clinic and Urgent Care After-Hours Service The Palmerston GP Super Clinic is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory Governments to improve primary health care for the people of Palmerston and the surrounding rural areas. The Super Clinic will provide multidisciplinary primary health care, with a focus on chronic disease prevention and self-management. The Palmerston Urgent Care After-Hours Service (UCAHS) was established in December *;; #]