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More than 70% of cervical cancer cases in Australia occur in people who have never been screened or are overdue, making under-screening the main risk factor.

Did you know that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and people with a cervix, as well as those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, are among under-screened groups, placing them at an increased risk of cervical cancer?

In an effort to address disparities, a national campaign is set to launch to these audiences in September promoting the option to self-collect, which will likely result in an increase in patient demand. Are YOU ready?

Self-collection is just as sensitive for the detection of HPV and CIN2+/adenocarcinoma in situ as a clinician-collected sample and can help overcome screening barriers (e.g., privacy/modesty concerns, fears of discomfort and pain, previous trauma, etc.). Therefore, self-collection can help engage those who would otherwise not participate in screening – but only if they are provided with the option to do so.

As a healthcare provider, you have a key role in cervical cancer elimination through offering your patients an informed choice between the two testing methods. You can offer self-collection to all of your routine (asymptomatic) cervical screening patients.

To get up to speed, you can visit the ACPCC website to find webinars, podcasts, provider resources, and CPD opportunities on HPV self-collection. The ACPCC also houses how-to guides for patients in 20 different languages. Lastly, make sure to contact your laboratory to ensure you have the correct swabs and instructions to offer self-collection.

Find out more

If you’re a GP, nurse, or other healthcare professional with an interest in learning more about  cervical screening, the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer is running two webinars this June. Registration for either of the webinars is free.

Webinar Dates:

  • 11 June, 6:00 AEST
  • 19 June, 7:30 AEST

This RACGP and ACRRM accredited webinar will discuss what you and your patients need to know about HPV self-collection. The webinar will  help you understand the evidence, equip you with the tools you need to effectively support patients to make an informed choice about their screening options, and better engage those who are reluctant to screen.

Management options for abnormal self-collection results will be addressed  and information on upcoming changes to the National Cervical Screening Program clinical guidelines provided, to make sure you have the very latest information.

Using case-studies and an interactive Q&A format, the webinar will include practical information and tips to ensure practices are on track to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem in Australia.