18 July 2023
The Surgical and Perioperative Care Statewide Clinical Network (SCN) is pleased to announce that a $3 million grant has been awarded from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) to develop a digital colonoscopy surveillance program. The SCOPES platform (Surveillance Colonoscopy Optimised Prevention via an E‑System), will help manage the growing demand for colonoscopies and improve colorectal cancer prevention and survival outcomes.
The SCOPES project will develop a web-based platform that will allow patients to track their colonoscopy results, schedule follow-up appointments, and receive reminders about their care. The platform will also collect data that can be used to improve the quality of colonoscopy care.
SCOPES is a collaborative project that involves consumers, clinicians, and researchers from across South Australia, with representation from each local health network and rural support services. The SCOPES project discovery commenced in 2021, under the expert guidance of the SCOPES working group, formed with the support of the Statewide Surgical and Perioperative Care Clinical Network. The project is expected to be completed in 2026.
“This is a game-changer for colorectal cancer prevention and survival,” said Dr. Phil Whorley, Clinical lead for the Surgical and Perioperative Care SCN. “SCOPES will make it easier for patients to get the care they need and improve their chances of early detection and treatment.”
Special thanks to Associate Professor Erin Symonds for her outstanding contributions towards the grant application, along with the contribution of the many co-investigators and the SCOPES working group.
For more information about the Surgical and Perioperative SCN and associated projects, see Statewide Surgical and Perioperative Care Clinical Network.