Cervical Screening

Changes to cervical screening in Australia

The medical community now has a greater understanding of cervical cancer as well as access to improved technology that will further reduce cervical cancer rates. As a result of these developments, changes have been made to cervical tests nationwide. On December 1, 2017 the two yearly pap smear was replaced by a five yearly cervical screening. For further information on the new screening protocols, please call (07) 3121 14967.

An update on self-collection testing

We will now accept self-collected samples that meet the strict Medicare criteria. Any samples that don’t meet the criteria will not be accepted. There is no privately billed service for these samples. Eligible samples will be sent to Victorian Cytology Service to perform testing. Additionally, all samples will need to be taken using the correct red-topped Copan dry flocked swab (see Self-Collect – HPV Specimen Collection below). The request form must also clearly indicate Self-collect, Cervical screening test.

Please see MBS item 73071 or the Self-Collect – HPV Specimen Collection brochure below for details on eligibility criteria and collection instructions.

Increasing cervical screening adherence for women

We are proud to support the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation’s Comfort Checklist for cervical screening. 

The ACCF ‘Comfort Checklist’ aims to empower women by helping them overcome any emotional, cultural and physical barriers and encourage regular cervical screening. For more information please visit accf.org.au/comfort-checklist

ThinPrep test demonstration video

To keep you up to date with the cervical screening changes, we’ve put together a four minute video demonstrating how to use the ThinPrep Pap Test. This video will also outline why ThinPrep is our preferred Liquid Based Cytology test. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our Medical Liaison Officers, or reach out to your local lab’s Head of Cytology. We're always happy to help. 

You can view the video here

Please note: 
The Cytology Pap Smear Audit closed in accordance with the renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program implemented on December 1, 2017. A brand new National Cervical Screening Audit is currently under development.

Documents for Download

Appropriate use of Lubricants with Cervical Screening tests
Cervical Cancer Screening is Changing – Better protection, less testing
Cervical Screening - Self Collect Instructions
Cervical Screening – What do I put on the pathology request form?
Cervical Screening Collection Instructions
Cervical Screening Patient Brochure
National Cervical Screening Management Guide

Comfort Checklist

QML Pathology is proud to support the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation’s Comfort Checklist for cervical screening. The ACCF ‘Comfort Checklist’ aims to empower women and increase the likelihood of cervical screening being perceived as a positive experience. It does this by including ways to overcome emotional, cultural and physical barriers to help improve screening adherence. For more information please visit accf.org.au/comfort-checklist.