Cervical screening and self-collection:
A resource hub for healthcare providers

This resource hub is for General Practitioners and healthcare providers. It houses educational resources about the National Cervical Screening Program, to help you get up to speed with the latest clinical guidelines, support the choice of HPV self-collection, and encourage your patients to participate in screening.

A NATION-WIDE

Campaign

The National Cervical Screening Program has undergone significant changes in recent years, including the introduction of universal access to HPV self-collection. Self-collection is one of the best tools we have to increase screening participation and progress towards the equitable elimination of cervical cancer in Australia. A nation-wide campaign, promoting the choice of self-collection to the public will kick off later in 2024. Make sure you are ready! Here you can access downloadable resources, podcasts, videos and free eLearning modules and webinars, to help you get up to speed and ensure you feel confident in supporting choice for cervical screening.

Top 10 self-collection FAQs

This 8-minute video will answer the top 10 questions about HPV self-collection from GPs and health professionals.

Click here for a downloadable pdf of the Top 10 self-collection FAQ.

Video: Supporting your patients to make the choice

This 12-minute video demonstrates how you can incorporate self-collection into your practice, and outlines the important points to discuss with patients to support them to make an informed choice about how they screen.

Webinar: Get-the-Facts​

This webinar discusses what you and your patients need to know about self-collection. We help you understand the evidence behind self-collection, equip you with the tools you need to effectively support patients to make an informed choice about this screening method, and support you to better engage those who are reluctant to screen. Suitable for GPs, nurses, midwives and other healthcare providers with an interest in cervical screening.

Podcast: Dispelling myths about HPV self-collection in cervical screening

Podcast featuring Prof Marion Saville AM discussing the reliability of self-collection with Dr Terri Foran, medical educator.

Resources for Healthcare Providers

how-to

An information sheet for clinicians and patients, with step-by-step, illustrated instructions. 

An information sheet for clinicians comparing screening options (cliniciancollected sample compared to self-collected).

A 2-page, clinician-facing resource with the illustrated National Cervical Screening Program pathway and supporting information.  

A 2-page resource to aid discussion with patients about the nature of HPV and its link to cervical cancer.

A 2-page resource outlining considerations for screening women during pregnancy

Do you work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients?

Visit the National Cervical Screening Program website for information and resources on how to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders patients in cervical screening.

Do you work with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse patients?

An information sheet for clinicians and patients, with step-by-step, illustrated instructions available in 20 languages. 

More translated resources are available on the National Cervical Screening Program website.

Find information and resources on how to engage patients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in cervical screening.

eLearning Online Modules

The ACPCC offers a FREE online course for healthcare providers, aimed particularly at GPs and nurses. Delivered through the GPEx online learning platform, you can complete this in your own time and at your own pace.

Cervical Screening, HPV and Self-collection

Clinical Education Course

Aimed to equip healthcare providers across Australia with the knowledge and skills to be able to offer the option of HPV self-collection to eligible patients and increase cervical screening participation rates.

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  • RACGP CPD Approved Activity: 4 hours Educational Activities, 3 hours Reviewing Performance, 5 hours Measuring Outcomes
  • ACRRM CPD Approved Activity: 4 hours Educational Activities, 3 hours Reviewing Performance, 5 hours Measuring Outcomes
  • APNA Endorsed Activity: 6 hours
  • ACN Endorsed Activity: 5 hours
  • NAATSIHWP Endorsed Activity: 6 hours
Laboratory processing of

Self-Collected samples

Not yet set up to offer the choice of self-collection? To get ready, contact your pathology provider to:

  • confirm that they can process self-collected vaginal samples, or will send them on to one that does
  • order the correct collection device and other consumables
  • confirm any collection, handling and transport requirements.

The National Cervical Screening Program website lists pathology providers currently processing self-collected samples.

What can I do to help?

Help raise awareness of this campaign and the self-collection option amongst your networks! Visit our Stakeholder Toolkit to find newsletter content, social media tiles and more.

This campaign is funded by the Australian Government.

Get in touch

To find out more, please contact the education team [email protected]

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