Insight: Australia’s cervical screening shake-up

The frequency of cervical screening is set to be dramatically scaled back under the biggest overhaul to the National Cervical Screening Program in its 23-year history.

Under new proposals released by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) last week, Australia will become the first country in the world to adopt HPV testing as an initial screening test for cervical cancer. 

The recommendations include:

  • Pushing starting age for screening back to 25
  • Screening every five years