The good news is that cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers
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 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.
The primary role of the TCSR is to record the results of all cervical cancer tests and send reminder letters to women who are overdue for their cervical cancer tests.
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 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;
protecting the privacy and confidentiality of your results; and
providing de-identified data to researchers and the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW)
Cancer of the cervix could be prevented if women had a Pap smear every two years - Do you have a regular 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 (click here for further information).
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 the result is 'Not for Register'.
You can call the Register to request a copy of your cervical cancer test results of 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 including:
we recommend that you read the brochure 'Information about The Tasmanian Cervical Screening'
Please advise the Cervical Screening Register on 13 15 56 (for the cost of a local call) or (03) 6216 4308 if you are calling from interstate
have changed your name or address;
think the information held about you is inaccurate or incomplete;
have any questions; or
would like to be removed from the Register.
To contact the Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register click here
The following links provide you with additional information and resources: