National Cervical Screening Program update
The National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) has recently published some updates about cervical cancer screening.
MBS claiming for cervical screening follow-up
Women who have an Intermediate Risk cervical screening result are due to have a 12 month follow-up test and are sent communications by the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) nine months following the original screen date. Providers are reminded to use MBS item number 73072 for this follow-up HPV test.
Unlike item number 73070, which is intended for primary screening of asymptomatic women, MBS Item number 73072 does not have a time restrictor and can therefore be performed at any time after the date of the original cervical screening test and be eligible for an MBS rebate, although a minimum period of 9 months is recommended.
Invitations to newly eligible and never screened women
This month the National Cancer Screening Register (NCRS) will begin to invite newly eligible people aged 25 to 30 years who have never screened.
The Department of Health is also planning a broader campaign for the dissemination of invitations to eligible never-screened and under-screened people over the age of 30 to assist the uptake of Cervical Screening Tests and maximise participation.
Find out more information here.