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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

National cervical screening program

 

Overview

The National cervical screening program (NCSP) is a joint initiative of the Australian and state and territory governments. It was implemented in 1995 to reduce the prevalence of cervical cancer deaths and morbidity in Australian women. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and curable of all cancers.

The program seeks to encourage women aged 18 to 69 years to have regular pap smears. A pap smear every two years can prevent the most common form of cervical cancer in up to 90% of cases and is the best protection against cervical cancer.

The NCSP is working to achieve the following aims:

Since the introduction of the NCSP, the mortality from cervical cancer has halved.

Abstract adapted from National Cervical Screening Program

Contacts

Cancerscreening
Ph: 13 15 56 (cost of local call)
Email: cancerscreening@health.gov.au

Related publications

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2003)

Cervical screening in Australia 1999-2000.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2003)

Cervical screening in Australia 2000-2001 and 1999-2000.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2004)

Cervical screening in Australia 2001-2002.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2005)

Cervical screening in Australia 2002-2003.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2006)

Cervical screening in Australia 2003-2004.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2007)

Cervical screening in Australia 2004-2005.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2008)

Cervical screening in Australia 2005-2006.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2009)

Cervical screening in Australia 2006–2007.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2010)

Cervical screening in Australia 2007-2008: data report.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)

Cervical screening in Australia 2008–2009.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012)

Cervical screening in Australia 2009-2010.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2013)

Cervical screening in Australia 2010–2011.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report is the latest in the Cervical screening in Australia series, published annually to provide monitoring of national participation and performance for the National cervical screening program (NCSP). The report provides data for the 2010-2011 period of participation in the NCSP, as well as the latest available cervical cancer incidence and mortality data. The target group for the program is women aged 20-69.

The number of new cases of cervical cancer per 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was more than twice that of non-Indigenous women, and the rate of deaths per 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was five times the non-Indigenous rate.

Participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women was not reported due to Indigenous status information not being collected on pathology forms. Evidence does suggest, however, that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population group is under-screened.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2014)

Cervical screening in Australia 2011-2012.

Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Whop LJ, Cunningham J, Condon JR (2014)

How well is the National Cervical Screening Program performing for Indigenous Australian women? Why we don't really know, and what we can and should do about it.

European Journal of Cancer Care; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12244):

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Last updated: 30 September 2014
 
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