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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

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