National Cervical Screening Program

The National Cervical Screening Program reduces illness and death from cervical cancer. Women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 74 years of age are invited to have a Cervical Screening Test every 5 years through their healthcare provider.

For the public and participants

Find out about the Cervical Screening Test, including how it works and where you can have cervical screening done.

For healthcare providers

Find out about your role in the program and how you can help increase participant confidence in screening.

Find out about self-collection

Participants can choose to collect their Cervical Screening Test sample themselves.

Learn about the program

Discover why it's important to have regular cervical screening.

Get all your questions answered

Call the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701 to:

  • find out when you're next due for a Cervical Screening Test
  • update your contact details
  • opt out or delay.

You can call Monday to Friday between 8 am and 6 pm, except national public holidays.

Public resources

National Cervical Screening Program – Understanding your cervical screening test results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

This is a visual guide to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women understand their Cervical Screening Test results.

National Cervical Screening Program – A guide to understanding your cervical screening test results

This brochure explains what the cervical screening test is and what your test results mean. It also explains what will happen if you get referred to a specialist.

National Cervical Screening Program – Cervical Screening Test – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

An A3 poster for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to promote the National Cervical Screening Program.

How to collect your own sample (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women)

This procedure helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women understand how to take their own vaginal sample for a Cervical Screening Test.

Health sector resources

Cervical Screening Communications Toolkit

This communications toolkit contains key messages, social content, images, and case studies regarding cervical screening that can be used directly, or adapted or edited for external channels.

National Cervical Screening Program – How to take your own sample for an HPV test (pad of 25)

Some women may be able to collect their own sample for cervical screening. This procedure shows how to take your own sample in 6 steps. Health professionals can order in pads of 25.

National Cervical Screening Program – Understanding the National Cervical Screening Program Management Pathway

Learn about the clinical pathway that supports the National Cervical Screening Program and the guidelines for pathology testing of cervical and vaginal samples.

National Cervical Screening Program – Quick reference guide – clinician-collected cervical screening tests

A quick reference guide for healthcare providers about the option of clinician-collection for cervical screening. It includes information on possible test results and follow-up requirements.
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