Kimberley Screening Success
During the last twelve months the Institute has travelled many kilometres screening members of the public who would not normally have the opportunity to be screened. We are very lucky to have had the services of two wonderful people in Chris & Siva Lowings who travel from South Australia to help out with the screenings along with numerous volunteers within the Lions organisation and Doctors who give their precious time to the Institute for no reward. The screening team spent time in the Kimberley and this proved to be the success story of the year.
The following figures give you a basic idea as to how it went with just stage one, stage two hasn’t been completed at the time of writing this report.
Kimberley Screening Figures
17.25% of the population screened having life threatening lesions, of this total screened some 879 or 47% had never been screened before.
In the words of Dr Clare Harvey RN, BA (Cur), MA, PhD Lecturer in Nursing and Program Co-ordinator Master of Advanced Clinical Practise School of Nursing & Midwifery Flinders University of South Australia;
“Good heavens those are significant numbers! It is such a needed service, it makes our study really important to get the message out there!”
Screenings South of the State
During the year we also conducted several screenings in the South of the State. The Institute was invited to the Narrogin Relay for Life, something the institute doesn’t normally do, however the fact that the Narrogin Lions made such a large donation towards the new van of $25,000 dollars, allowances were made, and 108 people were screened 14 referrals and 4 life threatening lesions were found. Screenings were carried out in Donnybrook, Augusta, Millbridge & Wollaston. The Institute screened 436 people averaging over the four (4) towns, a referral rate of 19%. The biggest problem the screening team has is that people have trouble understanding what the risk criteria mean. The Institute also carried out a screening on the South Perth Foreshore in conjunction with the Melanoma Society of Western Australia. 74 people were screened,14 were referred for further investigation and 7 were found to have possible life threatening lesions, this means 18.9% of those screened needed further investigation.