Cervical screening education, training and resources

For guidance on managing National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the NCSP website (external site).

More information on COVID-19 is available online (external site), or by calling the Coronavirus Information Helpline on 13 COVID (13 268 43).

National policies and clinical guidelines

National Cervical Screening Policy (external site)

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)’s National Cervical Screening Policy recommends a population-based screening program.

 

Self-collection policy statement (external site)

The self-collection policy aims to encourage women and people with a cervix to take part in the NCSP. It provides an alternative screening approach for those who are under-screened or never-screened and for those who have chosen not to respond to screening invitations. For more information visit Self-collection for cervical screening.

 

National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)

Health providers should regularly check for updates in the 2016 National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding (external site) (2016 Guidelines) located on the Cancer Wiki platform.

Online learning

True Relationships and Reproductive Health: Cancer Screening Education for GPs (external site)

This free online course provides information, resources and tools to support GPs and their practice in their ongoing role to promote and manage clients through the three cancer screening programs (cervical, breast and bowel).

It is a CPD Accredited Activity under the RACGP CPD Program.

 

Changes to cervical screening intermediate risk pathway (external site)

This free online module provides cervical screening providers with critical information about the change to the intermediate risk Clinical Guidelines pathway within the NCSP. It includes:

  • Why the intermediate risk pathway changed
  • Who is affected by the new intermediate risk pathway
  • The new intermediate risk cervical screening pathway
  • Clinical management guidelines
  • Case studies, quiz & resources

 

ModMed: HPV Self-Collection Clinical Audit (external site)

This free online course, developed in collaboration with the VCS Foundation, aims to develop an understanding of HPV self-collection and its role in improving cervical screening participation. It is a CPD Accredited Activity with RACGP, ACRRM, APNA and ACN.

Face to face training

Sexual Health Quarters: Clinical education for Nurses and Midwives (external site)

  • The Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing) – Module 2 Cervical Screening Only
  • The Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Nursing)

These modules meet the National Competencies for Cervical Screening Providers. As part of this training nurses will be assessed for competency to provide cervical screening and preventative health checks to eligible women, in conjunction with a supporting doctor.

For more information contact the SHQ Clinic Education Coordinator on (08) 9227 6177 or email clinic.ed@shq.org.au.

 

Clinical education for General Practitioners (external site)

  • FPAA Certificate in Reproductive and Sexual Health for Doctors

This national certificate course covers the range of the reproductive and sexual health issues that are common in general practice. It is useful for GP Registrars, Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainees, and experienced general practitioners who wish to refresh their knowledge in the area.

The course is accredited for CPD points by the RACGP and ACRRM.

For more information contact the SHQ Clinic Education Coordinator (08) 9227 6177 or email clinic.ed@shq.org.au.

National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) guides and templates

Interacting with the NCSR

The NCSR Healthcare Provider Portal and integration with Clinical Information Systems enable healthcare providers to access patient cervical screening information, submit forms electronically and manage their patients’ participation.

Healthcare Provider Portal User Guide (external site)

Access through integrated clinical software (external site)

Quick Start Guide for the Healthcare Provider Portal (PDF)

Healthcare Provider Portal walk-through video (YouTube)

Clinical Information System Integration video (YouTube)

 

NCSR Healthcare Provider Cervical Screening History Request Fax Template

Healthcare providers can also use the NCSR fax template (external site) to request cervical screening histories for the purpose of managing your patients’ cervical screening. Healthcare providers can request screening histories for up to 20 patients per day.

Resources, templates, tools and forms

WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP): Recall and reminder letter templates (PDF)

To assist healthcare providers with the implementation of effective recall and reminder systems, a suite of standardised and tested letter templates has been developed (see Part C). This document offers guidance regarding the use of these letter templates.

Use of lubricants for cervical screening (PDF)

 

Other WACCPP resources, tools and activities

The WACCPP offers resources specifically developed for WA women and people with a cervix, including Aboriginal people. For more information visit Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Community. On this page you can find the WACCPP resource and equipment catalogue, and a resource order and equipment loan request form.

 

National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)

How to take your own sample for an HPV test (external site)
A guide for patients on how to take a self-collect sample

Colposcopy and Treatment form (external site)
Download a single copy of this form, or order in pads of 50, to record details of colposcopy and treatment under the NCSP.

Pathology Test Guide for Cervical and Vaginal testing (PDF)
A guide from the NCSP including details on what to write on the pathology request form.

Toolkit for engaging under-screened and never-screened women (external site)
This toolkit has been developed to help health professionals to engage under-screened and never-screened women in cervical screening.

Waiting room posters, brochures, booklets, factsheets and instruction sheet (external site)
Available from NCSP. Some NCSP resources are available in other languages, large print and braille.

 

Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer

Information Sheets (external site)

Self-collection resources (external site)

 

Sexual Assault Resource Centre of WA

Sensitive Practice Request Form (PDF)
A communication tool for patients who have experienced trauma and may have difficulties with intimate examinations, such as cervical screening.

 

Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation

Comfort checklist for health professionals (PDF)

Comfort checklist for patients (PDF)

Last Updated: 17/12/2021