Eliminating Cervical Cancer in Australia

Australia now has a national strategy to help us achieve our goal of eliminating cervical cancer by 2035 – the first country in the world to do so.

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The National Strategy for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Australia (the Strategy) includes objectives, pathways, and actions to meet three ambitious targets that will help us reach equitable elimination:

  • 90% of eligible people will be vaccinated against HPV – this includes girls and boys
  • 70% of eligible people will be screened every 5 years
  • 95% of eligible people will receive the best possible treatment for precancer and cancer

To complement the recently announced landmark Australia Cancer Plan, the Government has also committed $48.2 million over four years to support implementation of the Strategy. This includes:

  • On the spot testing of samples in First Nations communities, allowing immediate follow up
  • Support for nurses, First Nations health practitioners, and midwives to request pathology for cervical screening
  • Increasing support for GPs to undertake colposcopies

The Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer (ACPCC) developed the Strategy for the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Aged Care.

Input on the Strategy was provided by:

  • people affected by cervical cancer
  • consumer organisation and peak bodies
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • researchers
  • health professionals
  • non-governmental organisations
  • policy makers

The full Strategy can be found on the National Cervical Screening Program or ACPCC websites.

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