Preventing Cervical Cancer: take a look at the changes

In Sunshine Coast by PHN Communications

Changes in the national screening program are underway, Gardasil 9 is coming and the National Cancer Register is up and running

The end of 2017 saw the implementation of changes to the way we screen for cervical cancer risk in Australia: HPV testing every five years replaces Pap smears every two years, there are new starting and exit ages from the screening program, and management pathways have been updated. General practitioners have been sent information from the Department of Health, but how is that translating into practice since the new program commenced nearly 3 months ago?

Many GPs are reporting challenges explaining the changes to women, particularly around Medicare eligibility for testing and not screening younger women. They are also reporting issues using correct terminology on request forms, understanding the place of self-collection and discussing the role of HPV with patients.

Iris Education, in collaboration with the Cancer Screening Unit, Preventive Health Branch, Qld Health, are very pleased to bring our third state forum on the cervical screening program changes to the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, 17 March. Speakers include Professor Ian Hammond AM (Chair, Steering Committee for the Renewal Implementation Project) who will unpack the evidence behind the changes, and Associate Professor Julia Brotherton (Medical Director, National HPV Vaccination Program Register) who will provide a very timely update on changes to HPV vaccination in 2018 as well as local pathology, gynaecology and women’s health experts. The afternoon session will involve interactive case study format and demonstrated role plays as well as a Q and A panel with all speakers.

The free forum will be held at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Saturday 17th March and will also be live streamed allowing you to easily watch from your device from anywhere. For further information and to register, go to

Comments from participants in Cairns cervical screening forum 28/10/17:
“An amazing day. The best, most relevant education sessions I have ever attended. Thank you”.
“Comprehensive presentation of new cervical screening program. Very clearly explained.”