To self-collect or not to self-collect? Updates to the National Cervical Screening Program for general practice

Presented by the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer, this session aims to educate practitioners about recent changes to the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) including the expan

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  • Date

    Wednesday 10th August 2022

  • Time

    7:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Venue

    Online

Event Details

Presented by the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer, this session aims to educate practitioners about recent changes to the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) including the expanded option of self-collection as a choice to all routine screening participants. The session will equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills to confidently offer self-collection to participants in the NCSP, understand when self-collection isn’t appropriate, and correctly manage results according to national clinical guidelines.

On 1 July 2022, the NCSP expanded cervical screening test options, offering all participants in the program the choice to screen either by self-collection of a vaginal sample using a simple swab or by clinician collection of a sample from the cervix using a speculum. These changes mean that general practices may see an increase in the volume of requests from patients to use self-collection. We invite GPs and primary health care teams to participate in this session which will include:

  • an overview of the self-collection policy change, MBS item changes and updates to the NCSP clinical guidelines
  • practicalities of self-collection, including when it should not be offered, how to help patients choose their screening method, and how to manage the results according to the guidelines
  • a pathology update on laboratory requirements to process self-collection samples
  • strategies to engage patient populations who are under or never screened and increase cervical screening rates in your practice.

Presented by Professor Marion Saville AM, Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer.

Supported by Eastern Melbourne PHN.

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