Colonoscopy resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The Commission has developed culturally appropriate resources with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to provide useful information about having a colonoscopy procedure.

These resources aim to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients understand their rights, choices and what they need to do if they are referred for a colonoscopy.

Healthcare professionals and health service organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are encouraged to discuss and share these resources with patients, their carers and with colleagues. 

They are based on guidance from the Commission's national Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard, which describes the safe, appropriate and high-quality use of colonoscopy.

Download the consumer fact sheet

The fact sheet provides useful information on each step of a colonoscopy procedure. It discusses each stage from referral to discussion of the colonoscopy results. 

Watch the consumer video

This video explains an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person's rights, choices and what they need to do if they are referred for a colonoscopy. It outlines why emptying the bowel properly before a colonoscopy is so important.

Share these resources

Please share the video and fact sheet with your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, their carers and your colleagues.

If you would like to screen the video at your healthcare practice or clinic, contact the Clinical Care Standards team at ccs@safetyandquality.gov.au.
 

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