New Zealand Ministry of Health to adopt the Breast Screen Reader Assessment Strategy (BREAST)

30 April 2013

Last week, the BREAST team received news that the New Zealand Ministry of Health has approved the implementation of the Breast Screen Reader Assessment Strategy as their national training, assessment and research tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer.

The strategy, now in its second year in Australia, will be made available to radiologists and radiology registrars who read mammograms in screening services across Breast Screen Aotearoa. BREAST will give clinicians in New Zealand the opportunity to assess their proficiency in spotting tumors and correctly identifying normal cases, on clinically relevant tests assembled by the BREAST team here in Sydney. Clinicians will receive immediate, meaningful feedback on their performance which will form part of their continuing professional development. The data generated will give BREAST researchers access to information that will be valuable in addressing some of the questions around breast cancer and imaging technologies. The BREAST program will be a key feature in Breast Screen Aotearoa's commitment to providing a quality service to women in New Zealand and transform the detection of breast cancer.

BREAST is a partnership between The University of Sydney and BreastScreen NSW, and is based at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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