Tasmania has top breast screening services

breast_screening.jpg Photo (L-R): Dr Julie Thompson, Chair, BreastScreen Australia National Quality Management Committee; Gail Ward, Director, BreastScreen Tasmania; Hon Elise Archer MP

Tasmanian women are receiving the highest quality breast screening services in Australia, according to the nation’s accreditation body.

BreastScreen Tasmania were presented with the top level of accreditation – Accredited with Commendation – never before achieved by any statewide service in Australia.

The national accrediting committee congratulated BreastScreen Tasmania on its outstanding performance across all standards.

It noted a vigorous, integrated governance and management framework, and a strong client focus.

The service also won praise for its quality improvement and strong community partnerships that give women in regional, rural and outer metropolitan areas ready access to screening.

No referral is needed for free breast screening for Tasmanian women aged between 40 and 74.

More than 34 000 Tasmanian women attend BreastScreen Tasmania for screening every year.

However, over 50 000 women do not have their recommended breast cancer screening mammogram every two years.

Tasmanian women aged over 40 who haven’t been screened for over two years should call 13 20 50 to make an appointment now.

A screening mammogram is a simple 10-minute test that can find cancer in its early stages when it can be successfully treated.

BreastScreen Tasmania has clinics in Hobart and Launceston, and two mobile clinics that visit rural and regional centres.

For more information visit Breast Screen Tasmania