Clinical guidelines and resources

These guidelines and resources support health professionals when managing abnormal Pap test results and talking to patients about cervical screening.

Page last updated: 28 October 2016

The National Cervical Screening Program is changing.

From 1 May 2017, the Pap test will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test.

Updated clinical guidelines and resources that reflect the changes will be available from early February 2017. This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Read more about the renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program.

NHMRC guidelines

In June 2005, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approved Screening to Prevent Cervical Cancer: Guidelines for the Management of Asymptomatic Women with Screen Detected Abnormalities.

The guidelines were formulated in line with NHMRC standards for clinical practice guidelines to assist women and health professionals achieve the best outcomes in the management of abnormal Pap test results.


There are a number of resources available that may assist clinicians during consultations.

Early Detection is the Best Protection

When did you last have a Pap smear?

An abnormal Pap smear result: What this means for you?

Cervical Screening Essentials Information Kit

The link between cervical cancer and HPV

These can be ordered from Publications and resources.

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