Online Booking Launch
BreastScreen WA launches online booking
WA Health Department’s first online booking system - launched on World Cancer Day – 4 Feb 2014
- Women can now book their FREE screening mammogram online at any time
- An additional 5000 women expected to be screened each year
Minister for Health, Dr Kim Hames officially launched BreastScreen WA’s (BSWA) new online appointment booking system on World Cancer Day, 4 February 2014.
This is the first time that appointments for a WA Health clinical service can be booked online.
“Up until now, if a woman wanted to book her regular screening mammogram she would need to call for an appointment during business hours Monday to Friday,” Dr Hames said.
“Considering how busy many women’s lives are, it’s very easy for this important health check to fall off the to do list during the working day. With new access to book an appointment 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week we expect a significant number of extra women will be able to access the BreastScreen WA service each year.”
BSWA estimates that an additional 5000 women may be screened each year due to the ease of access to online appointments.
Breast Cancer is the most common potentially fatal cancer in Australian women, with one in eight developing the disease during her lifetime.
“Regular screening mammograms are the most effective method for detecting breast cancer early and reducing the amount of cancer treatment needed as well as significantly improving a woman’s likelihood of surviving the disease,” Dr Hames said.
BSWA provides free breast screening mammograms to WA women aged 40 years and over, but specifically targets women aged 50-69 years who are invited to attend a screening mammogram appointment every two years.
Women aged 50 and over or those who have attended the service before can now book an appointment
at any of BSWA’s Perth metropolitan clinics.
Pictured from left.... Dr Liz Wylie, Medical Director, BreastScreen WA; Graeme Boardley, Executive Director, Women and Newborn Service; Dr Amanda Frazer, Area Executive Director, Women and Newborn Health Service and The Hon. Dr Kim Hames MLA, Minister for Health.