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90990 - National Cervical Screening Program - Module 1: Cervical Cancer

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This interactive online learning activity will provide GPs an opportunity to enhance and reinforce their knowledge around cervical anatomy, the aetiology of cervical cancer, strategies for prevention of cervical cancer in Australia, and the burden of this disease in the Australian context. 

This activity will meet the needs of GPs by providing up-to-date information on replacing the Pap test with the new Cervical Screening Test. This will involve primary human papillomavirus (HPV) testing and reflex liquid-based cytology. This activity will also provide information on explaining the changes to patients, collection of a quality cervical sample and patient management according to the 2016 National Cervical Screening Program Guidelines.

Relevance to General Practice

Australia has one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world, largely as a result of the success of the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) over the last 25 years.[1] 

The screening approach of the NCSP is changing based on the latest available evidence on the development and prevention of cervical cancer:[2]

• a plateau in the incidence of cervical squamous cell carcinoma since 2002
• lack of significant reduction in glandular carcinomas since the introduction of the NCSP 
• new knowledge about the natural history of cervical cancer 
• new evidence about the optimal screening age range and interval 
• new technologies, such HPV testing 
• Introduction of the National Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program, which commenced in 2007 for girls and in 2013 for boys. 

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the anatomical features of the female pelvis and cervix that are relevant to cervical screening.
  • Describe the link between HPV, cervical cell abnormalities and the development of cervical cancer, understanding that progression or regression can occur.
  • Identify the strategy for primary prevention of cervical cancer in Australia.
  • Explain the importance of the secondary prevention strategy and the role of population-based screening for prevention of cervical cancer in Australia.
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    90990 - National Cervical Screening Program - Module 1: Cervical Cancer
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