The good news is that cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers.
Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register
The Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register (TCSR) is an important part of the National Cervical Screening Program. The Cervical Screening Program encourages regular screening to reduce the number of women who develop or die from cervical cancer.
Cervical Screening Registers operate in each state and territory. Registers keep a confidential record of cervical cancer test results (e.g. Pap smear results, biopsies, HPV testing) and provide a valuable and confidential backup system. The registers have an important role in data collection and research for the National Cervical Screening Program.
The primary role of the TCSR is to record the results of all cervical cancer tests and remind women of their overdue status for cervical cancer screening to reduce cervical cancer morbidity and deaths.
The Register is a free service for women and can help by:
keeping your personal information and screening history up-to-date and accurate;
sending you reminder letters if you are overdue for cervical cancer tests;
assisting your cervical cancer test provider (doctor, practice nurse, Family Planning Clinic or Community Health Centre) to make sure you have appropriate follow-up care if you need it; and
protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your results.
Cancer of the cervix could be prevented if women had a regular Pap smear - do you have a regular Pap smear?
Where to have a Pap smear
The Register is not a medical practice so does not provide Pap smears.
Pap smears are provided by medical practitioners, Family Planning Clinics or Community Health Centres. Contact your doctor or refer to Where can I have a Pap Smear?
Under the Public Health Act 1997 the results of your cervical cancer tests will be sent automatically from the pathology laboratory to the Cervical Screening Register unless you tell your test provider that you do not want this to happen. They will advise the laboratory that this result is 'Not for Register'.
You can call the Register to request a copy of your cervical cancer test results or screening history. The Public Health Act states how the information on the Register may be used and shared.
To find out more about the Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register we recommend that you read the brochure 'Information about The Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register'
Contacting the TCSR
Contact the TCSR for help with:
- Updating your name or address details on the Register
- Finding out when your next Pap smear or cervical cancer test is due
- Obtaining a copy of your cervical screening history
- Obtaining contact details for Family Planning Clinics or Women's Health Centres in your area
The Register cannot give you Pap smear results or medical advice. Speak to your doctor for this information.
Please advise us if you:
have changed your name or address;
think the information held about you is inaccurate or incomplete; or
have any questions.
Call 131 556 (for the cost of a local call) or (03) 6216 4308 if you are calling from interstate
For further contact details for the TCSR click here
To update your name or address details on the TCSR see "How can I update my contact details on the TCSR?"
The following links provide you with additional information and resources: