The COVID-19 BreastScreen Department - beyond the pandemic

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Abstract

The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia forced a temporary closure of BreastScreen Australia services. Now reopened, the BreastScreen experience has been redefined for both staff and clients and the journey to the ‘new BreastScreen normal’ is continually evolving in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and government directives on health policy. Many changes mirror those undertaken in the wider community and emphasise wellness to attend, hygiene and social distancing. Importantly, radiographers have been identified as having a high-risk role and have had to modify positioning techniques and cleaning regimes accordingly. Beyond the pandemic, the ‘new normal’ needs to be one which enables well women to continue screening with a visible sense of reassurance that all that can be done is being done to ensure the safe and continued early detection of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-355
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Volume67
Issue number4
Early online date07 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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