National Cervical Screening Program

The South Australian Cervix Screening Program is a partner of the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP).
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.

Frequently asked questions

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Can I get details of a woman's Pap smear/Cervical Screening Test history?

Yes. You can obtain this information by contacting the National Cancer Screening Registry on 1800 627 701. You will be required to provide your:

  • practitioner name
  • Medicare Provider number.
  • Clinic name
  • Address of the clinic

Once this is confirmed, you will then be asked to provide the name, medicare number, date of birth and address (if applicable) for your patient.

You can also use the Register to:

  • check your patient’s screening test history and reminders
  • check and update your patient’s personal details.
  • Manage your patient’s participation in the National Cervical Screening Program.

What do I need to do if my patient wishes to 'opt off' the National Cancer Screening Register?

Your patient can withdraw her details from the National Cancer Screening Register at any time by contacting 1800 627 701. Alternatively, she can choose to remain on the registry but request that no correspondence be sent to her home address.

What if my patient has 'opted off' before?

If your patient has previously 'opted off' you should give her the opportunity to join the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) at each subsequent appointment for a Cervical Screening Test or related follow-up test.

If your patient's results have not been recorded by the NCSR or are removed from the NCSR, they cannot be retrieved at a later date to assist in future assessments.

Where can my patient find more information?

You can direct your client to to find frequently asked questions about the Cervical Screening Test and the Registers.

Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit the National Cervical Screening Program website for details on the:

  • recommendations
  • renewal process
  • online training
  • frequently asked question.