Cervical screening for healthcare providers
The Australian Government Department of Health is leading a renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program.
Since the National Cervical Screening Program was introduced in 1991, there is greater knowledge and understanding about the development of cervical cancer and new technologies and testing capabilities have been developed. Everything that has changed as part of the Renewal and resources to help educate your patients can all be found right here.
Many South Australian women are currently not up to date with cervical screening. Self-collection may be a suitable alternative for women who are 30 or over and who are not already participating in regular cervical screening.
Research shows that women who are under-screened or never screened are likely to require additional support as they receive their results and whilst having follow-up testing.
If your clinic does not currently offer self-collection, the information below may assist you in offering this option to eligible patients.
Pathology providers processing self-collection
The availability of self-collection has expanded with two pathology providers in Australia now accredited to process self-collected samples.
Clinicians working in South Australia can offer self-collection to their eligible patients and send samples to ClinPath and VCS. It is expected that additional laboratories will receive accreditation in the future.
We recommend you call your chosen provider ahead of offering self-collection, to ensure you have all the necessary supplies and that you are up to date with the processes including:
- what to write on pathology request;
- sample transport / postage options;
- and time frames for sample viability.
Accredited pathology providers
GP Client liaison Staff:
- Kristian Harris, 0438 742 330
- Simone McArthur 0409 901 044
- Jodie Sellick (08) 8366 2013
Victorian Cytology Service (VCS) Pathology
Liaison Physician: 1800 611 635.
Resources for clinicians
The National Cervical Screening Program has produced the following to support self-collection pathway:
National Cervical Screening Program Renewal
From 1 December 2017 to 20 May 2019, the NCSR have been collecting results for the Cervical Screening Tests with a duplicate copy also sent to the South Australian Cervix Screening Register (SACSR).
The SACSR will cease
operations on Monday, 20 May, 2019, as part of all state based cervical registries transferring their records to the NCSR.
From this date onwards, the SACSR is no longer accepting information updates or responding to requests for information.
Please phone the NCSR on 1800 627 601 and they will be able to assist you with your record update or information request.
Please be aware that the NCSR will not manage the records of participants in the Compass Trial. If you require information or a screening history for a Compass participant, please continue to contact the Compass Register on 1800 611 635. The Compass Register will continue to operate and support Compass participants, their providers and the laboratories for the duration of the trial.
Cervical Screening Grants
The SA Cervix Screening Program (SACSP) is now offering strategic partnership and clinic extension grants of up to $5000 to promote cervical screening. See the Cervical Screening Grants page for more information.
Need resources including fact sheets, posters, brochures, clinical tools?
Training and education
Update your skills. Find out more on the Training and education for cervical screening providers page.
The SA Cervix Screening program works in partnership with the Commonwealth to deliver the National Cancer Screening Registry (NCSR).
The NCSR phone number 1800 627 701 can be used for all enquiries. For more information about the NCSR, visit the National Cancer Screening Registry website.
Cervix screening statistics
The South Australian Cervix Screening Registry Statistical Report 2013 (PDF 5MB) is now available. This Report provides key data from the SA Cervix Screening Registry on screening participation, cervical abnormality rates and cervical cancer incidence and mortality from 2013 as well as the last 10 years for key comparisons.