Cervical cancer screening

Resources for health professionals

The National Cervical Cancer Screening Program website has comprehensive information and resources for health professionals including evidence, pathology, the new screening pathway, and MBS items. 

Changes to the management of women at intermediate risk came into effect 1 February 2021, an FAQ sheet can be found here. A summary of the changes and the revised pathway can also be found here. Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations, and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding can be accessed here.

For instructions about using the National Cancer Screening Register’s Healthcare Provider Portal to access patient histories, submit forms, and reports electronically, click here. Other useful resources are available below:

  • information on patient self-collection can be found here 
  • the RACGP website provides information and videos addressing GPs' common questions
  • guidelines concerning screening of women under 25 can be found here
  • this video demonstrates the new cervical screening test (WARNING: it contains clinical images)
  • NPS MedicineWise modules provide online training for healthcare providers who conduct cervical screening tests and follow-up management (login required)
  • COORDINARE webinar for clinicians on the cervical screening changes
  • a toolkit for engaging under-screened and never-screened women in the National Cervical Screening Program is available here.
Resources for the community

On 1 December 2017, the National Cervical Screening Program changed from two yearly cervical cytology testing to five yearly HPV testing for women and people with cervixes aged between 25 and 74 years. Find out more below:

For comprehensive community resources on breast, bowel, and cervical cancer screenings, go to cancerscreening.gov.au. Cancer screening fact sheets are available in multiple languages here.