Cervical Screening Test Self-Collection: New policy, new opportunities

The Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing is hosting a cervical screening professional learning webinar focusing on the self-collection policy changes and the potential impact for under-screened and never-screened groups.

About Self-Collection

There is a significant change coming to the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP). From 1 July 2022, all women and people with a cervix screening under the NCSP will have the choice to participate in screening using either a self-collected vaginal sample or a clinician-collected sample (both options will still be accessed through a healthcare provider). This is a significant expansion of the evidence-informed, accurate, safe and effective self-collection option. This change has the potential to increase NCSP participation, a key strategy in Australia’s approach to eliminating cervical cancer as a public health issue by 2035.

About the webinar

The webinar will feature information about the new policy and its implementation, innovative cervical screening projects, and a facilitated panel discussion with a diverse range of expert panellists speaking about what the policy might mean for priority under-screened and never-screened groups.

There will be an opportunity for questions and all attendees will receive a resource list.

Webinar schedule

  • Welcome – CWSW
  • Self-collection changes – Alana Barwood | WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program
  • My Body Back Project (UK) – Amanda O’Donovan | SHQ
  • Facilitated Panel Discussion – See list of panellists below
  • Q&A – All
  • Close – CWSW

Taren Copeman | Hedland Well Women’s Centre

Katiska Davis | Aboriginal Health Council WA

Rachel Pearce | Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services

Fiona McMullen | Sexual Assault Resource Centre

Sarah Collins | Living Proud

Dr Rachel Skoss | University of Notre Dame

Who should attend?

Professionals who work in the women’s health, sexual violence and domestic and family violence sectors and anyone with an interest in eliminating cervical cancer.

Please note: The webinar will not have a clinical focus. However, clinicians are encouraged to attend and will find the information valuable.




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