More accurate. Less often.
From 1 December 2017, cervical screening will change in Australia. The Pap test will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test every five years.
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. The new Cervical Screening Test is expected to protect up to 30% more women.
The test is a quick and simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. It looks and feels the same as the Pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV).
Your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every five years if your results are normal.
Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.
If you are due for testing, contact your healthcare provider to book an appointment. For more information about the National Cervical Screening Program call 13 15 56.
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 people aged between 18-69 years continue to have Pap tests every two years and talk to their doctor or healthcare provider if they have any questions.
Read more about the Future changes to the National Cervical Screening Program
More information for healthcare providers on the arrangements for cervical cancer screening between now and 1 December 2017 is available on our FAQ page