National Strategy for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Australia

This strategy sets Australian targets for the elimination of cervical cancer, including targets for HPV vaccination, cervical screening, cervical cancer treatment and case rates.


National Strategy for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer in Australia

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Developed in partnership with the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer, the National Strategy for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer is the result of extensive research, consultation and collaboration with stakeholders.

The strategy builds upon the World Health Organisation’s Global Strategy, setting targets appropriate for the Australian setting:

  • Extending the 90% HPV vaccination target to include boys as well as girls.
  • Extending the 70% cervical screening target to 5-yearly participation for eligible 25 to 74 year olds, rather than twice in a lifetime.
  • Lifting the target for treatment to 95%, as a commitment to achieving equitable elimination.
  • Achieving the agreed elimination target of less than 4 cases of cervical cancer for every 100,000 women.

The strategy embraces the following 5 principles to guide equitable and impactful action:

  • Aims to address existing inequities and to not entrench further inequity.
  • Takes a strengths-based, community-led approach.
  • Embraces partnerships with community-controlled organisations and priority population groups to co-design and deliver community initiatives and services.
  • Has cultural appropriateness, safety, and trust at its core.
  • Focuses on person-centred approaches.

By implementing this strategy, Australian women and people with a cervix will have inclusive and equitable access to vaccination, screening, pre-cancer treatment and cancer management services that meet their needs. This will lead to elimination of cervical cancer by 2035. This strategy also outlines the systems that need to be developed to enable timely, accurate and transparent reporting of progress towards elimination and maintenance of this status in the years beyond.

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