The Department of Health is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health services.

It is important for people to keep seeing their healthcare provider for their cervical screening and any follow up investigations recommended. If you have received a reminder about cervical screening and you have any questions or concerns, please call your doctor or healthcare provider to talk about your circumstances.

More information on COVID-19 is available through the Department of Health website or through the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080.

Read the Cancer Council NSW reports on the impact of COVID-19 on our cancer screening programs on our new website.

The information for Healthcare Providers now contains guidance for clinicians on how to manage patients during this time.

The National Cervical Screening Program

The two yearly Pap test for people aged 18 to 69 has been replaced by a five yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test for people aged 25 to 74. People are due for their first Cervical Screening Test at the age of 25 or two years after their last Pap test. The changes include:

  • a more accurate Cervical Screening Test has replaced the Pap test
  • the time between tests has changed from two to five years
  • the age at which screening starts has increased from 18 years to 25 years, or two years after the last Pap test if the Pap test was done at the age of 23 or over
  • people aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have a Cervical Screening Test.

More information on the National Cervical Screening Program is available on our FAQ page