Tasmanian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program

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The Tasmanian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program is part of the National Cervical Screening Program and aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting early pre-cancerous changes in the cervix. The program recommends that women aged between 18 and 70 years have a pap smear every two years, including women who have had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Early detection of cervical cancer increases the chance of successful treatment. Since its introduction in 1991, cervical screening has halved the morbidity and mortality of cervical cancer in Australian women.

Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register

The Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register plays an important role in the National Cervical Screening Program. It keeps a confidential record of all cervical cancer test results in Tasmania and contacts women who are overdue for their next test to remind them to make an appointment with their doctor.

For more information about the register and how it can help you, visit the Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register page

What is a Pap Smear?

A Pap smear is a cervical screening test that involves the collection of cells from the surface of the cervix. The cells are then sent to a laboratory where they are tested for cellular abnormalities that could be an indication of cancer.

Where to have a Pap Smear

You can make an appointment for a Pap smear through your doctor, community health centre or Family Planning Tasmania clinic.

For contact information, visit the where to have a pap smear page

Future changes to Cervical Screening

The Medical Services Advisory Committee has made recommendations to the Australian Government for a new cervical screening test and interval.

The recommendations are based on worldwide studies and modelling that have improved knowledge of the cause of most cervical cancers, enabling further reductions in morbidity and mortality with fewer tests and medical investigations for women.

Among the changes is a move to five-yearly HPV tests. However, as the new screening program does not commence until 2017, women should continue to have a Pap smear every two years.

For more information, visit the National Cervical Screening Program website