Journal article

Implementation of Australia's renewed cervical screening program: Preparedness of general practitioners and nurses

Farhana Sultana, Lara Roeske, Michael J Malloy, Tracey L McDermott, Marion Saville, Julia ML Brotherton

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) in Australia underwent major changes on December 1st, 2017. The program changed from 2-yearly Pap testing for women aged 18-69 years to 5-yearly HPV testing for women aged 25-74 years including differential management pathways for oncogenic HPV 16/18 positive versus HPV non16/18 positive test results and the option of self-collection for under-screened women. We conducted a survey among cervical screening providers in primary care to assess their level of preparedness in undertaking cervical screening before (pre-renewal) and after (post-renewal) the new program was implemented. Surveys were conducted between 14th August and 30th November 2017 (..

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Awarded by NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control

Funding Acknowledgements

JMLB and MS are chief investigators of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control (APP1135172) from which FS (formerly) & TLM receives salary support. JMLB, MS and LR are investigators of a trial of primary HPV screening in Australia (Compass) that has received a part funding contribution from Roche Molecular Systems, Ventana Inc. USA. This does not alter our adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.