Response to media reporting on concerns related to the timely provision of pathology histories


Recent media reporting has raised concerns that the time taken for the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR) to provide screening histories to Pathology laboratories is putting lives at risk. This is not correct.

The NCSR is able to provide same day pathology histories for any high risk result and since June 2018 has been able to provide pathology histories for women regardless of which state across Australia their previous tests were undertaken. This ‘national view’ of histories is a key feature of the NCSR.

More information is available on our Fact Sheet

The renewed National Cervical Screening Program

The Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program has been implemented.

The two yearly Pap test for people aged 18 to 69 has been replaced by a five yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test for people aged 25 to 74. People are due for their first Cervical Screening Test at the age of 25 or two years after their last Pap test. The changes include:

  • a more accurate Cervical Screening Test has replaced the Pap test
  • the time between tests has changed from two to five years
  • the age at which screening starts has increased from 18 years to 25 years, or two years after the last Pap test if the Pap test was done at the age of 23 or over
  • people aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have a Cervical Screening Test.

More information on the National Cervical Screening Program is available on our FAQ page