NSW Pap Test Register
What is the NSW Pap Test Register?
The NSW Pap Test Register is a secure and confidential database of women’s Pap tests and related follow-up test results.
The Register was established by the NSW Public Health Act 1991 and commenced operation in July 1996.
The Register is operated by the Cancer Institute NSW on behalf of the Ministry of Health as part of the Commonwealth and state funded NSW Cervical Screening Program.
How does the Register and the NSW Cervical Screening Program work together?
The NSW Pap Test Register is a key component of the NSW Cervical Screening Program. The program aims to reduce incidence and mortality from preventable cervical cancer.
You can call the NSW Pap test register info line on 13 15 56
The role of the Register includes providing follow-up and reminder services to encourage women to have regular Pap Tests. This safety net:
- sends women a reminder letter if they are overdue for their next Pap test
- works with health practitioners to make sure women have had follow-up care if they have an abnormal test result
- keeps a history of women’s cervical test results to help both health practitioners and laboratories analyse cervical test results
- assists in the gathering of information that will help improve understanding of cervical cancer and its treatment.
The Register collects information about women’s Pap tests and related follow-up test results, including:
- name, address, ethnicity and date of birth
- details of the health practitioners who took the test
- the date of the test and the name of the laboratory that processed it
- the results of the cervical tests, including Pap tests, cervical histology tests or HPV DNA tests.
When women have a cervical test, their information will automatically be sent to the Register by the laboratory processing it.
Find more information on the NSW Cervical Screening website.
What happens to the data collected by the Register?
The Register only discloses the information to the women themselves, their health practitioners, the laboratories that processed the tests or ethically approved cervical cancer research projects. This is in accordance with the NSW Public Health Act 2010 (which superseded the NSW Public Health Act 1991 in 2012) and the NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002.
Women can contact the Register if they wish to access any of their information recorded on the Register.
Do I have to be included on the Register?
Being included on the Register is voluntary. If women choose not to participate in the Register or do not want their name or address to be included on the Register, they can tell their health practitioner at the time of the test and ask them to mark the test clearly ‘Not for Pap Test Register’.
Details can also be withdrawn from the Register at any time by writing to the Register.