187136 - Understanding the renewed National Cervical Screening Program
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).
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 dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Pregnancy care
- Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
- Women's health
- Sexual and reproductive health