Take 15: New cervical cancer screening program

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If the cervical cancer screening program has been so successful, why are we changing it?


The rate of cervical cancer in Australia has halved since the national screening program began in 1991.

But, as of 1 May 2017, the pap smear will be replaced with a primary human papillomavirus (HPV) test.

Why are we making the switch?

Dr Lara Roeske, a liaison physician at the Victorian Cytology Service and a general practitioner in Melbourne, explains in this video.

Dr Roeske discusses the following topics:

  • Could you briefly describe the current pap smear program?
  • If the current pap smear program is successful, why do we need to change?
  • What are the important features of the new national cervical cancer screening program?


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