New cervical screening test starts today

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has welcomed the new Cervical Screening Test, which replaces the Pap test from today, 1 December, 2017.


Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. This new test is a more accurate way of screening for cervical cancer and is expected to protect up to 30% more women, according to the Department of Health.


Key facts about the new test:

  • The new Cervical Screening Test will be done in a similar way to the Pap test, with a sample taken from a woman’s cervix (the opening of the uterus, at the top of the vagina).
  • The test will look for the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cell changes in the cervix. Previously, the Pap test looked for existing changes in the cells. In this way, the new test is a step ahead of the Pap test.
  • Women aged 25 to 74 should have their first Cervical Screening Test two years after their last Pap test.
  • If the results are normal, the new Cervical Screening Test will only need to be done every five years. The previous Pap test was every two years.

“We welcome the new Cervical Screening Test,” says Jean Hailes for Women’s Health CEO, Dr Vanda Fortunato. “Regular screening is a woman’s best protection against cervical cancer. You only need to be tested every five years and it can be done quickly and easily by your GP.”


For more information

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health has information on the new test


The Department of Health explains the new test


Watch the Department of Health’s video


1 December 2017.