HPV & the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program

HPV & the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program
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Overview

The national cervical screening program, which has been in place in Australia since 1991, is undergoing major changes set to be implemented from 1st May 2017. The starting age, interval and primary test for cervical screening are all changing. These are significant changes for women, and nurses will need to be able to understand and explain these changes to their patients.

This workshop aims to educate nurses about upcoming changes to the national cervical screening program. Participants will learn about advancements in understanding of HPV and the link to cervical cancer. Nurses will also learn about the innovative self-sampling pilot project currently taking place in Victoria and the implications this will have on improving screening rates in vulnerable communities. Case study activities will illustrate how all of the national cervical screening program changes will impact upon nurses’ practice in the near future.

Presented by Sandy Anderson, Jo Mountford and Stella Heley

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