Bowel cancer screening program

Bowel Cancer Australia encourages all Australians from age 50, who do not have symptoms or a family history of bowel cancer, to undertake bowel cancer screening every one to two years using a Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT).

At GMHBA we offer our member’s access to a simple, non-invasive at home bowel cancer screening test that could save your life.

FIT Kits

The screening involves using the highly accurate ColoVantage® Home faecal immunochemical test (FIT) kit.

Screening using a faecal immunochemical test is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of bowel cancer.

How to use a FIT Kit?

The faecal immunochemical test involves placing small samples of toilet water or stool on a special card and mailing them in the reply paid envelope for analysis. The results are then sent back to you and your GP.

It is recommended that you repeat a bowel cancer screening test every one to two years to improve your chances of early detection of bowel cancer.

Once you place an order for a kit GMHBA will send you a reminder to purchase a new one every two years.

Of the 7000 GMHBA members who have already purchased the FIT test, 400 returned a positive result. This may have saved them from major surgery or even saved their lives.

Who can use the bowel cancer screening program?

Members who have any level of extras cover can access at FIT Kit at no cost. Every person who is listed on the membership can request one FIT Kit every two years.

If you don’t have extras cover you can still request a FIT Kit through GMHBA at a cost of $28.60 which can be paid for by cash, credit card or cheque.

How to order your FIT Kit

To order your FIT Kit you have the following options:

  1. Contact GMHBA directly via phone and place your order
  2. Members with extras cover can complete the online order form or
  3. Members without extras cover can download an order form and send it into GMHBA with payment

For more information on bowel health, visit or call (02) 9923 8269. For enquiries about the Fit Kits please call GMHBA on 1300 446 422.

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