The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-26T02:48:17Z DECEMBEARD® AUSTRALIA RETURNS 2018-11-26T02:48:17Z decembeard-r-australia-returns Now in its sixth year, Decembeard® Australia is a hair–raising fundraiser held during the month of December (1st-31st December), that encourages men to grow a beard or take a Beard Challenge, to raise funds and help Bowel Cancer Australia beat bowel cancer. Bowel cancer is Australia's second deadliest cancer, affecting around 1 in 11 Aussie men in their lifetime, and yet it remains largely unspoken about. “That’s why we’ve dedicated the month of December to raising much needed awareness and funds to address bowel cancer,” said Claire Annear, Bowel Cancer Australia’s Community Engagement Manager. “Anyone can get involved and there are no complicated rules. Grow a beard, sponsor someone who is, or get your friends involved by hosting a beard-themed fundraiser,” said Ms Annear. By raising funds for Bowel Cancer Australia, the 100% community funded charity can provide information and support services to the thousands of Australians affected by bowel cancer each year. Give your razor a rest this Decembeard® and sign up for the challenge! For more details or to register, visit decembeard.org.au. -ENDS- About Bowel Cancer Australia Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and the best care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. Each year, Bowel Cancer Australia dedicates the month of June to raising much-needed awareness and funds. For more information visit bowelcanceraustralia.org Media Enquiries To arrange an interview with a Bowel Cancer Australia spokesperson, a local Decembeard participant or a bowel cancer patient, please contact: Joni Thomes E:joni@bowelcanceraustralia.org M: 0421967709 Want to improve colonoscopy care? Ask the patient! 2018-09-10T00:47:24Z want-to-improve-colonoscopy-care-ask-the-patient-1 Monday, 10 Sept 2018, Sydney: Bowel Cancer Australia has launched My Colonoscopy Experience, a nationwide questionnaire inviting Australians to provide feedback about an invasive procedure that comes with risks, including bowel perforation. The announcement coincides with today’s release of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). “The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard is a welcome first step in outlining the care people who have a colonoscopy should receive, but no specific indicators to measure the patient’s experience are currently included,” said Bowel Cancer Australia CEO Julien Wiggins. The patient’s experience with the health system is an important and meaningful measure of quality of care that can be used for performance monitoring purposes and to drive quality improvement. “Bowel Cancer Australia created the My Colonoscopy Experience questionnaire to complement the Standard because patient experience must be the cornerstone of patient-centred colonoscopy care. “User-friendly and easy to understand, the My Colonoscopy Experience questionnaire only takes a small amount of time to complete but can have a big impact by ensuring the patient voice is heard so that future colonoscopy care reflects what patients want and need,” Mr Wiggins said. The anonymous online questionnaire addresses the patient’s experience related to colonoscopy referral, pre-admission, care and treatment, interaction with staff, discharge from care and any post-procedural issues. Anyone age 18 and over who has had a recent colonoscopy can provide feedback about their care by visiting whatmattersmost.global. Developed by Bowel Cancer Australia and powered by healthie™, The anonymous questionnaire will remain open indefinitely. “Measuring patient colonoscopy experience in Australia is long overdue,” said Mr Wiggins. England’s NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Program sends a similar experience questionnaire to all patients who undergo colonoscopy following an abnormal test result. Results from the nearly 50,858 respondents[i] have provided valuable information about issues experienced by patients. In contrast, Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) has been in operation since 2006 but has never implemented a patient experience questionnaire. The number of colonoscopies performed in Australia is projected to reach 1.1 million by 2021 – equivalent to one in every 25 Australians – with the Program to account for around 100,000 (9%). “Every person’s feedback about their colonoscopy experience is unique and valuable,” Mr Wiggins said. ENDS [i] Ghanouni, A; Plumb, A; Hewitson, P; Nickerson, C; Rees, CJ; von Wagner, C; (2016) Patients' experience of colonoscopy in the English Bowel Cancer   Screening Programme. Endoscopy, 48 (3) pp. 232-240.