Changes to cervical screening in Australia
The medical community now has a greater understanding of cervical cancer as well as access to improved technology that will further reduce cervical cancer rates. As a result of these developments, changes have been made to cervical tests nationwide.
On December 1, 2017 the two yearly pap smear was replaced by a five yearly cervical screening. For further information on the new screening protocols, please see the information below or call 08 9317 0999.
An update on self-collection testing
We will now accept self-collected samples that meet the strict Medicare criteria. Any samples that don’t meet the criteria will not be accepted. There is no privately billed service for these samples.
Eligible samples will be sent to Victorian Cytology Service to perform testing. Additionally, all samples will need to be taken using the dry flocked swab (see Self-Collect – HPV Specimen Collection below). The request form must also clearly indicate Self-collect, Cervical screening test.
Please see MBS item 73071 or the Self-Collect – HPV Specimen Collection brochure below for details on eligibility criteria and collection instructions.
Increasing cervical screening adherence for women
We are proud to support the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation’s Comfort Checklist for cervical screening. The ACCF ‘Comfort Checklist’ aims to empower women by helping them overcome any emotional, cultural and physical barriers and encourage regular cervical screening.
For more information please visit accf.org.au/comfort-checklist
ThinPrep test demonstration
The Cytology Pap Smear Audit closed in accordance with the renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program implemented on December 1, 2017.