Pap Smears

Our Doctors are able to perform pap smears at our practice.

When booking with reception please let the staff know the appointment is for a pap smear.

After the 1st of May 2017 the processing of cervical screening will change.

The Department of Health has stated that the Cervical Screening Test, should replace the current Pap test for cervical screening. This change will ensure that Australian women have access to a cervical screening program that is safe, effective, efficient and based on current evidence. 

The National Cervical Screening Program is changing.

  • women will be invited when they are due to participate via the National Cancer Screening Register
  • the Pap smear will be replaced with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
  • the time between tests will change from two to five years
  • the age at which screening starts will increase from 18 years to 25 years
  • women aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have an exit test.

Women of any age who have symptoms such as unusual bleeding, discharge and pain should see their Health Care Professional immediately.

The new Cervical Screening Test detects human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which is the first step in developing cervical cancer.

The procedure for collecting the sample for HPV testing is the same as the procedure for having a Pap smear. A Health Care Professional will still take a small sample of cells from the woman’s cervix. The sample will be sent to a pathology laboratory for examination.

While the current Pap test can detect abnormal cell changes, the new Cervical Screening Test will detect the HPV infection that can cause the abnormal cell changes, prior to the development of cancer.

Persistent HPV infections can cause abnormal cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. However, this usually takes a long time, often more than 10 years.

Women between 70 and 74 years of age who have had a regular Cervical Screening Test will be recommended to have an exit HPV test before leaving the National Cervical Screening Program.

Women aged 25 years or over who have not yet started cervical screening will receive an invitation to have the new cervical screening test.

The National Cervical Screening Register will send an invitation to women to let them know they are due for their test and also remind women if they become overdue for their regular test.

For more information please contact the National Cervical Screening Program on 13 15 56.