Request for Data Dictionary for the population registers for people who have been breast screened

Michael Shephard made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health

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From: Michael Shephard

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Dear Department of Health,

The Standing Committee on Screening has the document 'Framework for Population Based Screening updated September 2016' on its website.

It states that the breast screening program is to 'have a database or systems available capable of providing a population register for people screened that can issue invitations for initial screening, recall individuals for repeat screening, follow those with identified abnormalities, correlate with morbidity and mortality results and monitor and evaluate the program and its impact.

I need to know what type of data is collected, the consistency of the types of data collected across the various Australian States and whether it appears prima facie to be adequate for Health to determine morbidity statistics relating to risk factors such as breast density and HRT. For example, can Health determine the prevalence of patients who have been diagnosed with interval cancer and who have breasts in the density 50 to 100 percent. Failure to collect such information would be inexcusable for an organisation that claims it cannot report breast density because it has insufficient evidence of the benefits of doing so.

Therefore I request

1. a copy of the data dictionary (or several data dictionaries if different for each State) for the population register database for breast screening required to be maintained by Health in accordance with its stated Framework.

Yours faithfully,
Michael Shephard

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Dear Mr Shephard,

 

Thank you for your request to the Department of Health (Department) of 6
April 2018, seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) to:

 

‘a copy of the data dictionary (or several data dictionaries if different
for each State) for the population register database for breast screening
required to be maintained by Health in accordance with its stated
Framework’

 

The document that you have requested is publically available at the
following link:
[1]http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/intern...

 

Next steps

On this basis, please confirm if the above link provides you with the
document that are you are seeking access to.

 

If the FOI unit does not hear from you by COB Thursday, 26 April 2018, the
Department will consider your request withdrawn given the information is
publically available.

 

Please contact the FOI unit on (02) 6289 1666 or via email at
[2][email address] if you would like to discuss further.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI Unit

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Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division

Australian Government Department of Health

T: (02) 6289 1666 | E: [4][Health request email]

 

PO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country
throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and
community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders
both past and present.

 

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From: Michael Shephard

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Dear FOI,

Thankyou for the link to the Data Dictionary

Yours sincerely,

Michael Shephard

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