Colonoscopy capacity needs a boost

Australia needs to increase its colonoscopy capacity to cope with increased demand as the federal government’s faecal occult screening program gains traction, says a leading endoscopist.

By 2020 all Australians will be offered a free test every two years from the age of 50 to 75, and modelling suggests an extra 80,000 to 100,000 colonoscopies may be needed per year, says Dr Ian Norton, president elect of the Gastroenterological (GE) Society of Australia.

This will increase demand to around 700,000 procedures year.