National cervical screening program

National Cervical Screening Program

Australia has one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world, largely as a result of the success of the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) over the last 25 years.

Recent changes to the program were based on the latest available evidence on the development and prevention of cervical cancer.

For the first time since it was established in 1991, the NCSP focuses on HPV testing as it better identifies women at risk of pre-cancerous changes and cervical cancer.

The new cervical screening pathway involves:

  • A Cervical Screening Test instead of a Pap Test.
  • A screening age between 25-74
  • An interval between routine tests of 5 years.
  • Women being reminded to have their first Cervical Screening Test two years from their last Pap Test.
  • Screening for the presence of HPV, and if found, performing a reflex liquid based cytology (LBC) test on the same sample to check for abnormal cervical cells.
  • A self-collection option for eligible women aged 30 years and over.

The objectives of the modules are to provide online training for healthcare providers who conduct cervical screening tests and follow-up management for women in accordance with the changes to practice and the clinical pathway.

link to video explaining the changes to the National Cervical Screening Program

RADAR article - Requesting the new Cervical Screening Test: what providers need to know

Continuing Professional Development

It is recommended that 1 CPD hour be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD for each National Cervical Screening Program online learning module.

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This program was funded by the Department of Health.

Last modified: Thursday, 5 May 2022, 11:21 AM