Grassroots cancer project to benefit colonoscopy patients in Far West Local Health District

Colonoscopy patients will benefit from a $120,000 boost for a locally run, innovative cancer control project that will extend the capabilities of the Direct Access Colonoscopy Clinic (DACC) in Broken Hill.

The investment is part of the 2018 Innovation in Cancer Control grants, delivered through the Cancer Institute NSW, and will make a difference to bowel cancer outcomes locally.

Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer Services, FWLHD said: “The funding will allow us to improve surveillance and follow-up of patients undergoing a colonoscopy for a positive faecal occult blood test (FOBT) via the DACC in Broken Hill. The DACC, which was also funded by the Cancer Institute, is a nurse led clinic that fast-tracks a patient through to colonoscopy after a positive faecal blood test.”

The community-led grants, totalling $4.5 million across the state this year, focus on groups at risk of poorer health outcomes, including Aboriginal communities, people from multicultural backgrounds, refugees and people from regional NSW.

Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, Professor David Currow, said the grants support continuous health system improvement.

“These grants will improve health outcomes for communities most at risk and are delivered by trusted organisations with the necessary relationships and expertise.”

A full list of grants awarded as part of the Innovation in Cancer Control Grants is available at


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