Clinical guidelines and resources

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

Page last updated: 01 March 2017

The renewed National Cervical Screening Program

The Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program will be implemented on 1 December 2017.

Until the renewed National Cervical Screening Program is implemented, our world-class cervical cancer screening program will continue. It is important that women aged between 18-69 years continue to have Pap smears every two years and talk to their doctor or health care professional if they have any questions.

Read more about the Future changes to the National Cervical Screening Program and the National Cervical Screening Program implementation date .

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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