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Primary care resources

Cancer Council Australia has compiled a directory of cancer resources to support GPs and other health professionals.

Developed by Cancer Council's General Practice Committee, the directory provides a single point of access to state, territory and national cancer resources.

We welcome ideas on new resources to add to the directory. Please email your suggestions to

Primary care resource directory

Advice about familial aspects of breast cancer and epithelial ovarian cancer: a guide for health professionals

National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC).

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Cancer Council Helpline

Free, confidential telephone information and support service run by Cancer Councils in each state and territory.

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Cancer in Australia: an update for general practitioners

Brian McAvoy, 2005. Review article from Australian Family Physician.

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Clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial care of adults with cancer: a summary guide for health professionals

Cancer Australia and National Cancer Control Initiative (NCCI) 2005.

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Clinical practice guidelines

Australian Cancer Network and National Health and Medical Research Council.

These guidelines cover a range of cancers such as skin, prostate, breast and lung cancer.

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General practitioners and cancer control

Brian McAvoy 2007, Medical Journal of Australia

Explores the role of the GP in relation to early diagnosis and referral, follow-up and survivorship, and the GPs increasing role in cancer policy and research.

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Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice. Red Book 7th edition

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

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The investigation of a new breast symptom: a guide for general practitioners

National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC).

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Lifestyle Prescriptions

Many cancers can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Lifestyle Prescriptions (or Lifescripts) provides general practice tools to assist patients to make healthier lifestyle choices.

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National Bowel Screening Program - the role of general practice

A video for General Practitioners explaining the important role of GPs in promoting the National Bowel Cancer Screening program to their clients.

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Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing in asymptomatic men

To help inform discussions between health practitioners and their patients about the early detection of prostate cancer, the National Health and Medical Research Council has published a resource outlining the risks and benefits of Prostate Specific Antigen testing.


Recommendations for screening and surveillance for specific cancers: Guidelines for general practitioners

Cancer Council and Western Australian Clinical Oncology Group.

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Smoking cessation: Quitline 131 848

Smoking cessation guidelines and resources are available from the Health Professional page on the Quitnow website.

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Supporting smoking cessation: a guide for health professionals

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

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Warning signs of cancer in children

Cancer Council has developed a list of 'red flags' that may indicate the presence of cancer in children.

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This page was last updated on: Thursday, July 31, 2014