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Consultation to inform the implementation plan for proposed policy changes to the self-collection cervical screening pathway

Published 30 July 2021

The University of Melbourne is seeking feedback from primary care providers, in the form of a short five-minute online survey, to guide the potential roll out of proposed changes to self-collection cervical screening.


In May 2021, the Medical Services Advisory Committee recommended to government that self-collection be expanded to be offered as a choice to all people eligible for cervical screening:

A government decision on this recommendation is awaited, but the change could potentially be introduced sometime in 2022. At present, the self-collection pathway is available to under and never screened people aged 30 and over who meet strict eligibility criteria with the test being offered in a consultation by a cervical screening provider. 

We recognise that the implementation of the current self-collection cervical screening pathway has not come without its challenges, and that primary care and the Primary Health Networks are pivotal in the delivery of self-collection. The University of Melbourne (led by A/Prof Julia Brotherton and Dr Claire Nightingale), has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Health to conduct a consultation and develop an implementation plan to guide the potential roll out of this proposed policy change.

Primary care providers are encourage to participate in the short online survey: 

Participants of the survey have the choice to go into the draw to win one of two $200 Red Balloon Gift Vouchers. 

Last updated: 24 February 2022