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.

25 years of service

In 2016 BreastScreen Queensland celebrated 25 successful years of service. During that time, we have performed more than 4.7 million screening mammograms and detected more than 19,000 breast cancers.

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.
  • New appointment online booking system introduced in 2016
  • BreastScreen Queensland celebrated 25 successful years of service in 2016

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
  • 2002 Wynnum
  • 2004 Hervey Bay
  • 2005 Keperra
  • 2006 Noosaville
  • 2007 Gympie
  • 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
  • 2012-2013 Satellites at Browns Plans, Gladstone, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre and Maroochydore
  • 2018 – BreastScreen Queensland Townsville and Cairns Services moved to new sites
  • 2019 – a total of 2 new and additional mobile vans to support the Cairns, Ipswich and Toowoomba Services

Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020

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COVID-19 Alert

We’re still operating but we’ve made some changes to the way we work to reduce the ongoing risk of COVID-19.

If you’ve recently had a COVID-19 vaccination, there’s no need to delay your breast screen.

Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.

If you’re feeling unwell, call us on 13 20 50 to cancel or reschedule your breast screening appointment.

If you’re feeling well, it’s important that you continue to access your usual health services, including breast screening if you’re due.

For updates on COVID-19, please visit Queensland Health