The National Cervical Screening Program aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting early changes in the cervix.
The rate of cervical cancer has halved since the Program began in 1991.
It is currently recommended that all women aged between 18 and 69, who have ever been sexually active, have regular Pap tests.
80 per cent of cervical cancer occurs in women who have never screened or don’t screen regularly.
The National Cervical Screening Program is changing.
From 1 May 2017, the Pap test will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test.
Until then, if you are aged between 18 and 69 years and have ever been sexually active, you should continue to have your Pap test when due. Delaying your Pap test can put you at greater risk of developing cervical cancer.
For more information talk to your Health Care Professional or read more about the future changes to cervical screening.
Upcoming changes to the programThe Australian Government is preparing to implement the 2014 evidence based recommendations of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) that a primary human papillomavirus (HPV) test, the Cervical Screening Test, should replace the current Pap test for cervical screening. This change will ensure that Australian women have access to a cervical screening program that is safe, effective, efficient and based on current evidence.
The renewed National Cervical Screening Program will commence on 1 May 2017 when the new Cervical Screening Test will be available on the Medicare Benefits Schedule and the National Cancer Screening Register will be in place to support the renewed clinical pathway.
More information is available on the Future changes to cervical screening page.