Innovative approaches at the Central bowel screening equity forum
The Central Bowel Screening Regional Centre (CBSRC) welcomed people working in bowel screening to its Equity Forum earlier this month, its third since the Centre’s establishment.
Programme and Project teams, Pacific Health Workers, Māori Health workers, Primary Care representatives, Cancer Society and Ministry of Health colleagues gathered to share ideas and approaches to support equity in the National Bowel Screening Programme.
The Ministry’s Senior Relationship Manager, Chand Sharma, and Equity Lead Dr Bronwyn Rendle gave an update followed by presentations from the region’s District Health Boards. The DHBs presented a range of proposed innovations to promote participation and equity. These included covering Outreach models, increased health promotional activities, and the wish to increase whānau early engagement to improve participations rates.
Attendees also reviewed the CBSRC resources on their effectiveness and appropriateness, with recommendations for improvements and translations, if required.
Central Region Equity Lead Dr Tua Taueetia-Su’a said: "We were pleased to see the passion teams are demonstrating to ensure the NBSP works especially for Māori, Pacific and those in areas of deprivation. Once again it was special to be able to meet face-to-face and we thank everyone who attended."