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National Cervical Screening Program Reminder - Self-collection

12 February 2018

As part of the changes to the National Cervical Screening Program introduced in December 2017, women over 30 years of age who are not up-to-date with their cervical screening, may be eligible to collect their own sample of cervical cells for testing. This is called self-collection.

Self-collection screening is only available to women aged 30 years or over, who have declined to have a cervical sample collected by a healthcare provider, and who:

  • have never had cervical screening; or
  • are overdue for cervical screening by two years or more

Self-collection of cell samples must take place under the supervision of a health professional, and not at home. Self-collection testing tends to be only 70% as effective as samples taken by health professionals.

Prior to offering self-collection as an option, general practices should check with their pathology laboratory on whether self-collection testing is available. The Department of Health is currently only aware of one pathology laboratory that is accredited for self-collection testing.

More information about self-collection can be found on the The Cancer Institute NSW website.


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