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History of BSQ

BreastScreen Queensland opened its doors in 1991 after Australian Health Ministers agreed there was a need for quality breast cancer screening services nationally.

This followed a two year evaluation of breast cancer screening in Australia which resulted in the Australian Institute of Health report "Breast Cancer Screening in Australia: Future Directions".

The report became the blueprint for the establishment of a National Program for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer, now known as BreastScreen Australia. Queensland Health, through an agreement with the Commonwealth Government, then established a free statewide breast cancer screening program now known as BreastScreen Queensland.

Major milestones

  • First State in Australia to transition of all its Services to digital mammography technology.
  • First public breast cancer screening service in Australia (operated out of the Royal Women's Hospital in 1985).
  • Client register system created in 1994.

Service expansions

  • 1991 Royal Women's hospital, Gold Coast, Townsville
  • 1992 Rockhampton, mobiles in Townsville and Toowoomba
  • 1993 Brisbane Southside, Sunshine Coast
  • 1994 Cairns
  • 1995 Bundaberg, mobile for Rockhampton
  • 1996 Mackay, relocatables, Southport, Bundaberg
  • 1997 Ipswich, Townsville, Brisbane North, Brisbane Southside moved to new dedicated facility at QEII
  • 1995-2001 Satellites at Redlands, West Burleigh, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Inala, Logan, Coorparoo and Caloundra
  • 2008 – 2009 Satellites at Kippa-Ring, Caboolture and Helensvale shopping centres.
  • 2010 Five new digital mobiles and a world-first four wheel drive breast cancer screening service deployed to Far North Qld. Satellites at Mt Gravatt and North Lakes shopping centres.
  • 2011 Satellites at David Jones Rose Clinic and Kirwan
  • 2012 Satellites at Browns Plains, Gladstone and Maroochydore
  • 2013 Satellite at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

Last reviewed 14 February 2014
Last updated 14 February 2014

Find out more…

Queensland Health is currently trialling pre-booked breastscreen appointments in Maryborough, Springfield, Winston Glades, Mt Gravatt and Browns Plains. Some women from these areas, who are due for the next two-yearly breastscreen in the coming months or are eligible and have not participated in screening before according to our records, will receive an invitation letter containing a pre-booked appointment time and date. If this pre-booked date and time is not suitable, women will be asked to contact their BreastScreen Queensland service to make a more suitable appointment time.

The trial aims to assist women in accessing the Government’s free BreastScreen Queensland services after the idea received high levels of support from the Queensland community via an online survey and when some women visited our services during June/July this year.

If you receive a pre-booked appointment, we encourage you to have your say by visiting the Queensland Government’s ‘Get Involved’ webpage www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/breastscreen or send us some feedback by emailing cssb@health.qld.gov.au