- Cervical screening currently detects early changes in the cervix before cervical cancer develops. Cervical screening can also detect if cervical cancer is present.
- Cells are collected from the surface of the cervix and sent to a laboratory where they are tested for cellular abnormalities using the Pap test.
- Cervical screening can be provided through your general practice, community or women’s health centre, family planning clinic, sexual health clinic or Aboriginal Medical Service.
- Cervical screening does not diagnose ovarian cancer and it does not check for sexually transmitted infections.
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
More information for health care professionals on the arrangements for cervical cancer screening between now and 1 December 2017 is available on our FAQ page