National Cervical Screening Program

The South Australian Cervix Screening Program is a partner of the National Cervical Screening Program.
The NCSP provides information to healthcare providers on:

  • your role in screening
  • taking a Cervical Screening Test
  • communicating with a pathologist
  • benefits and limitations of Cervix Screening
  • publications and resources
  • Practice Incentives Program (PIP) payments.

Policy guidelines

From 1 December 2017, the national policy will state:

  • All women who have ever been sexually active should start having the Cervical Screening Test at 25 years of age.
  • Cervical screening may cease for women between the ages of 70 and 74 if they have a have had regular screening tests with negative results and have a negative exit test result.
  • Routine screening with the Cervical Screening Test should be carried out every five years for women who have no symptoms or history suggestive of cervical cancer.

The following policy has been developed for transitioning women from Pap test to the Cervical Screening Test.

Women in the new target age group of 25 to 74 will be due for their first Cervical Screening Test two years after their last Pap smear.


National Cervical Screening Program provides a number of resources to support Cervical Screening Test providers. To order or download any of the materials, visit the National Cervical Screening Program publications and resources.

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