Julia, Health Promotion Officer, Gold Coast

Julia, Hesalth Promotion Officer

My job is very important to me. Some people might think working in a job where the issue of breast cancer comes up a lot is a negative, but I don't see it that way at all. I think I have a great job because I truly believe it helps make a positive difference to a lot of women's lives.

Working for BreastScreen Queensland, as a Health Promotion Officer, enables me to meet people from all walks of life and work closely with so many individuals who are passionate and highly committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our community.

It is hard to describe what's involved in my role because it is such a mix of things but, if you boiled it down, I guess you could say it is part policy, involves education and a lot of public relations. Advocacy is definitely a big part of the job. I'm working at the community level and with organisations, advocating breastscreening, getting our health messages across and on their agenda.

One day I can be addressing women at an Expo, the next meeting new GPs in our area and briefing them on BreastScreen and then, maybe another time, working with an organisation about healthy workplaces. The people I meet are quite diverse; sometimes I'm talking to people one-on-one and other times addressing large groups. One thing is for sure, you definitely have to be a people-person to do this job. It also helps if you're good at networking.

The best thing is when you get positive feedback and you know you have made a difference. Women will say that as a result of hearing you speak they went ahead and got screened. They might even have had cancer detected and because it was caught early it's turned out okay.

Last reviewed 13 June 2018 Last updated 15 June 2018

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BreastScreen Queensland reopens

Following a temporary suspension of routine breast screening across the State, some BreastScreen Queensland services are starting to screen again.

The recommencement of breast screening varies across the State. If you had an appointment cancelled, your local service will contact you to schedule a new appointment.

BreastScreen Queensland is an important early detection service for women, which reduces illness and death from breast cancer. To find out if breast screening is available in your area and to make, change or cancel an appointment, please call your local BreastScreen Queensland service on 13 20 50.

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We understand that some women may have concerns about attending screening at this time. If this is you, please talk to your doctor who knows you best, about whether breast screening at this time is right for you based on your individual circumstances.

The wellbeing of women and our staff is always our top priority and BreastScreen Queensland services are implementing a range of strategies to minimise and address risks from COVID-19 for women who attend for breast screening and our staff. As such, we ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling unwell or you are required to self-quarantine or self-isolate due to COVID-19.

All women are encouraged to remain aware of the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any changes please see your doctor immediately, do not wait until your next breast screen. Breast changes to look out for include:

If you have any questions or concerns, please call your local BreastScreen Queensland service on 13 20 50.

We will continue to keep you updated here on our website about the availability of breast screening services during this time.

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