National Cervical Screening Program

In 2015–2016:

  • More than 3.8 million women aged 20–69 participated in the NCSP, an age-standardised participation rate of 56%.
  • Across jurisdictions, participation was highest in Victoria and South Australia (58%, age-standardised rate); and lowest in the Northern Territory (52%).
  • Across most jurisdictions, women aged 65–69 had the highest participation rates, ranging from 57% in the Northern Territory to 67% in Victoria.
  • Across PHNs, Northern Sydney had the highest participation rate (62%), and Darling Downs and West Moreton (Qld) had the lowest (48%).
  • For the target age group (20–69), participation rates across Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3s), ranged from 38% in Melbourne City to 73% in South Canberra.

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About the National Cervical Screening Program

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP), began in 1991. It aims to reduce cervical cancer cases, illness and deaths in Australia. The NCSP originally targeted women aged 20–69 for a 2-yearly Papanicolaou (Pap) smear, or ‘Pap test’ to detect precancerous abnormalities of the cervix. From 1 December 2017, the NCSP changed to 5-yearly cervical screening, for women aged 25–74 using a primary human papilloma virus (HPV) test with partial HPV genotyping and reflex liquid-based cytology triage. Data in this report are for women aged 20–69 screened under the previous program.

Participation by age, state and territory and year

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Participation by PHN

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Participation by SA3

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