Cancer Screening Information for Healthcare Providers

Cervical Screening for asymptomatic women aged 25-74, every five years after their first Cervical Screening Test

  • The cervical screening program was not paused during COVID-19 and any clients who are due or overdue for screening should be encouraged to book in as soon as possible.
  • The Cervical Screening Test (CST) replaced the Pap test in December 2017. The CST is more accurate than the Pap test and up to 30 per cent fewer women are expected to be diagnosed with cervical cancer in Australia each year.
  • Women are due for their first CST two years after their last Pap test, or when they turn 25. Once your patients have had their first CST, they can then move to five-yearly screening, provided the results are ‘low risk’ (HPV not detected).
  • The date of your patient’s last screen can be obtained by phoning the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) on 1800 627 701. ​
  • You can also request screening histories from the NCSR for up to 20 patients at a time via the ‘Healthcare Provider Cervical Screening History Request Fax Template Form’.
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