From 1 December 2017, the renewed National Cervical Screening Program will replace the pap test with a new protocol incorporating HPV testing and Liquid Based Cytology (LBC). Primary screening for HPV will test for the presence of oncogenic HPV. If HPV is detected, reflex LBC will be performed to determine if any cervical cell abnormalities are present. Results that are currently sent to the state-based Queensland Health Pap Smear Register will be instead sent to the National Cancer Screening Register.
Traditional pap smears will no longer be covered by Medicare, instead a ThinPrep sample will be required.
Self-testing will not be an option in Queensland until regulatory issues are resolved.
Cervical screening kits may contain both glass slides and ThinPrep collection devices such as sampler broom or spatula and endocervical brush. Simply discard the glass slides.
ThinPrep sampling protocols:
A new request form has been developed to capture specific clinical information, which is required for Medicare reimbursement and acceptance of the results into the National Cancer Screening Register.
Download the cervical screening request form (PDF, 3MB)—instructions for collecting the sample are on the back of the form.
Contact your local pathology laboratory for hard copies. For digital hospital sites you can order via ieMR.
Need more information?
You can email the project team at CervicalCancerScreeningNCSR@health.qld.gov.au.
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