The Benchmarque Group are excited to announce a new release of funding from the Federal Department of Health for delivery of a new Cervical Screening Promotion Program.
The incidence of cervical cancer is approximately two times higher and mortality rates four times higher in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women compared to non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and participation in cervical screening is generally lower among this group.
The Cervical Screening Promotion Program will be delivered into the Indigenous Health Sector with the ultimate goal of increasing cervical screening rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
About the Course
The Cervical Screening Promotion Program is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to work directly with women to provide advice and encouragement to ultimately improve rates of cervical screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Additionally, the program provides students with the skills and knowledge to work with, communicate with and support change of practice within their workplace, encouraging colleagues and peers to support practices to be changed or modified to make screening activities more conducive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
The programs are available to a diverse range of organisations, including Aboriginal medical services, Primary Health Networks, Medical Clinics, Professional Bodies, and any organisation involved in the delivery of services to support Indigenous health.
Each of the programs is delivered as a one (1) day face to face program, commencing at 9.00am and finishing at approximately 4.00pm. During the one (1) day face to face program, students will be provided with all required materials and resources to complete the program.
Students will also be required to complete a comprehensive online Assessment Portfolio after the face to face program. The minimum number of students for most programs is 12.
For further information, please click on the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS tab above.
To find out more about the program’s content, please click HERE to access a program outline.
Expression of Interest for Programs
Due to the demand for courses, The Benchmarque Group are seeking Expressions of Interest from organisations interesting in program delivery. Expressions of Interest close on [Date] and all applications will be considered. To register your organisation’s interest, read the conditions of Application below, then click on APPLY NOW and complete the form. Expressions of Interest are for full program bookings.
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Conditions of Application for Program Delivery
Eligible organisations must agree to the following conditions of application.
- The successful organisation must provide an agreed minimum number of students.
- The successful organisation will be provided with a fully funded program under the Department of Health Project.
- The successful organisation will assist in securing a suitable venue and catering for the delivery of the Program. The Benchmarque Group will support the cost of both venue and catering.
- It is an expectation that the students participating in and the staff coordinating the program will provide feedback at the conclusion of the one (1) day face to face program, complete a short evaluation submitted with the Assessment Portfolio.
By completing and submitting an Expression of Interest, you are acknowledging that you have read the above information. A detailed set of terms and conditions will be provided prior to confirming your booking. Please contact The Benchmarque Group directly on 1300 855 568 should you have any concerns regarding the conditions of application.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why are the programs free?
The programs delivered under funding provided directly to The Benchmarque Group from the Federal Department of Health. There is no cost for organisation booking the program or for the individual student attending the program.
The ultimate goal of the funding is to increase cervical screening rates amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Who can attend?
The programs are designed to meet the needs of a range of health professionals and health providers including:
• ATSI Health Practitioners
• ATSI Health Workers
• Registered Nurses
• Enrolled Nurses
• General Practitioners
• Allied Health Care Workers
What do students receive having completed the course?
On successful completion of the program, students will receive a nationally accredited Statement of Attainment for the Cervical Screening Promotion Program.
Can I book a private course?
Yes. If you have more than the minimum number of students (12 students) you can book your own private course. In this instance, The Benchmarque Group will provide you with a private link to enable students to register for the course.
If the course does not meet the minimum number of students 2 weeks prior to the scheduled delivery date, The Benchmarque Group reserves the right to publish the additional places via its public website.
What if I do not have enough students to book my own course?
The programs are designed to be delivered to a minimum of 12 students per program. If you do not have enough students, you may wish to consider partnering with another clinic or organisation, or even contacting your local PHN.
If you are interested in attending just for yourself or just a few people, we would encourage you to browse our upcoming courses or even better, join our newsletter list as we are publishing new courses, in new locations all the time.
Who is responsible for Venue and Catering?
The Benchmarque Group is ultimately responsible for the cost of providing a venue and catering. However, we will seek your assistance in sourcing a local venue and even a local source of catering, just to assist us in making sure we have a convenient location and yummy food.
If I book a course, can I see who is attending?
What happens if a student does not attend?
The Benchmarque Group provide students with an email reminder one week prior to a scheduled program and an SMS reminder 48 hours prior to a scheduled program. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, sometimes students are not able to attend.
Whilst we share the frustration of non-attendance, a fundamental component of our delivery agreement with the Australian Government Department of Health requires that we do not create barriers for entry or future entry to courses and so, although we communicate with students that do not attend, we are not able to prevent further attendance or do anything to deter them from re-registering.