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187136 - Understanding the renewed National Cervical Screening Program

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hour

This activity is designed to familiarise general practitioners (GPs) with changes to the NCSP that took effect from December 2017. It focuses on the main changes that will affect how you collect cervical samples, request cervical screening tests and follow up screen-detected abnormalities in general practice.

Relevance to General Practice

The incidence and mortality rates of cervical cancer in Australia are among the lowest in the world. This has largely been attributed to the successful introduction of:
• cervical screening through the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), which was established in 1991 to detect and treat abnormalities while they are in the precancerous stage, before any possible progression to cervical cancer.
• Vaccination against human papilloma virus (HPV), through the National HPV Vaccination Program, to protect women from up to nine types of HPV.

From December 2017 changes to the cervical screening program were implemented. It is essential that GPs are aware of these changes, as they are extensive and apply to a large proportion of the average GP patient base (all females aged 18-70 years of age, who would have previously been in the age group for Pap tests).

Learning outcomes
  • Outline the changes to performing routine cervical screening introduced in December 2017.
  • Describe the process for determining appropriate management of screen detected abnormalities.
  • Explain variations in approach to screening for specific population groups.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Rational options for investigations are offered

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Duty of care is maintained

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Pregnancy care
    • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
    • Women's health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    187136 - Understanding the renewed National Cervical Screening Program
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    1 hour
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