GPs to lead DIY cervical screening program

GPs will oversee a world-first change to cervical cancer screening, which will allow women who have previously refused Pap smears on cultural or personal grounds to collect their own specimens.

The change will come into effect on 1 May 2017 when Australia moves from two-yearly Pap smears to five-yearly HPV tests under the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program.

According to Dr Louise Farrell, a Perth gynaecologist and member of the screening program’s committee, GPs will be given HPV self-testing kits that they can offer to eligible female patients after explaining to them how