Your practice has been invited to participate in a short pilot on cervical screening self-collection
Changes to the National Cervical Screening Program self-collection policy are expected to commence mid-2022. The planned changes will open access to self-collected cervical samples for all women and people with a cervix.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) in partnership with Queensland Health’s Cancer Screening Unit (CSU) are seeking expressions of interest from a small group of local general practices to understand the barriers and enablers to self-collection in the general practice setting.
The GCPHN and CSU will work closely with the practice’s nominated GPs over the next six months to support uptake of self-collection and co-design resources and tools to prepare the region for the fast-approaching changes. Limited places are available for participation.
What is involved?
How to register your interest
Work in partnership with GCPHN and CSU to inform the design of resources and tools in self-collection and to prepare for the fast-approaching changes.
GPs will be supported to complete:
education in self-collection
identifying patients eligible for the program
inviting patients to participate
CPD points are available for participation in the education.
Your details will be shared with CSU for the purpose of establishing an introductory meeting to begin the pilot.
Registrations close Wednesday 9th March
What is cervical screening self-collection?
In December 2017, the National Cervical Screening Program introduced the option of an alternative screening pathway that allows self-collected vaginal samples to be used for HPV testing. Self-collection is available for women and people with a cervix aged 30 years or older, who are either more than two years overdue for screening or have never been screened. Research has shown broad acceptability of self-collection by consumers, in particular under-screened and never screened groups.