Reducing death of breast cancer through BreastScreen Australia

BreastScreen Australia data dictionaryThe BreastScreen Australia data dictionary version 1.1 has been released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The document has been developed to meet the need for national consistency in the data collected for the BreastScreen Australia program.

In 1991, BreastScreen Australia was introduced as a national screening program which aims to reduce illness and death resulting from breast cancer through organised screening to detect cases of unsuspected breast cancer in women, thus enabling early intervention.

The success of BreastScreen Australia relies on the collection of accurate and consistently defined data for every episode of care for every woman screened. This is achieved through these measures:

  • Services accredited which covers access and participation, cancer detection, assessment, timeliness, data management and information systems, client focus, and governance and management
  • Standardised and comparable data for monitoring and evaluation of BreastScreen Australia performance against Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) indicators
  • The BreastScreen Australia data dictionary as the authoritative source of data definitions to meet the need for national consistency in the data collected.
  • Metadata standards to support data collected at every episode of care and data specifications for NAS

According to the AIHW breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death among Australian women. In 2011, 14,465 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, and in 2012 there were 2,795 deaths from this disease.

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