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National Cervical Screening Program - A Guide for Laboratory Medicine Professionals

This website is a resource for laboratory medicine professionals who are required to understand and manage the role of laboratory medicine within the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP).

The NCSP relies upon the successful interaction of several components to deliver effective results and the role of laboratory medicine is integral to that interactive process. This website is intended as a guide to the various components of the NCSP with particular emphasis on those areas which are of most relevance to laboratory medicine. It provides summaries of the critical areas and links to detailed resources. Some modules contain short self-test questions.

Overview of the NCSP

An outline of the NCSP with an explanation of how the components of the program interact.

Background -
Cervical Screening

A brief history of cervical screening in Australia and a summary of the rationale for changing the primary screening test to an HPV test.

NPAAC Requirements

A guide to the NPAAC Requirements for Laboratories Reporting Tests for the National Cervical Screening Program.

Clinical Management Guidelines

A guide to the clinical management guidelines for the National Cervical Screening Program.

Cervical Screening Test Report Format

A guide to the requirements for reporting cervical screening test results.

The National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR)

An introduction to the NCSR including reporting obligations of pathology laboratories as well as links to available NCSR resources.

MBS Items and Descriptors

A summary of the item numbers and links to relevant MBS explanatory documents related to the NCSP.


Links to training and reference resources.