Cervical Screening

Changes to Cervical Screening in Australia

The medical community now has a greater understanding of cervical cancer as well as access to improved technology that will further reduce cervical cancer rates. As a result of these developments, changes have been made to cervical tests nationwide.

On December 1, 2017 the two yearly pap smear was replaced by a five yearly cervical screening.

For further information on the new screening protocols, please see the information links below or call 03 9244 0444.

An update on self-collection testing

We will now accept self-collected samples that meet the strict Medicare criteria. Any samples that don’t meet the criteria will not be accepted. There is no privately billed service for these samples.

Eligible samples will be sent to Victorian Cytology Service to perform testing. Additionally, all samples will need to be taken using the dry flocked swab (see Self-Collect – HPV Specimen Collection below). The request form must also clearly indicate Self-collect, Cervical screening test.

Please see MBS item 73071 or the Self-Collect – HPV Specimen Collection brochure below for details on eligibility criteria and collection instructions.

Please note:

The Cytology Pap Smear Audit closed in accordance with the renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program implemented on December 1, 2017.


Instructional video: How to take a sample