Cervical Screening in New South Wales Annual statistical report 2011 – 2012
The NSW Cervical Screening Program is committed to:
- encouraging women aged 20–69 years to have biennial Pap tests
- improving the reliability and accessibility of services for taking, interpreting and reporting Pap tests
- optimising the management of women with screen-detected abnormalities
- monitoring and evaluation.
NSW Cervical Screening Program
The NSW Cervical Screening Program (NSW CSP or the Program) is a jointly-funded Commonwealth/State and Territory initiative under the National Healthcare Agreement. As part of the National Cervical Screening Program, the NSW CSP operates within the national cervical screening policies and guidelines; with a primary objective to implement an organised approach to cervical screening in NSW. Since 1 July 2005, the Program has been managed by the Cancer Institute NSW.
The primary purpose of cervical screening is to detect precancerous lesions and early cancers, with the aim of reducing cancer incidence and improving survival of those diagnosed. In line with this, the Program aims to increase participation in cervical screening to maximise reductions in the incidence of, and mortality from, cervical cancer.
One of the key priorities of the NSW Cancer Plan 2011–2015 is to increase cervical screening participation rates in line with the national program. The NSW CSP is committed to achieving a range of outcomes across the cervical screening pathway in NSW. It achieves this by:
- providing screening invitation, reminder and referral systems in accordance with stakeholder and client expectations
- developing targeted models to improve screening in unscreened and under-screened women
- collaborating with primary healthcare providers to develop priority initiatives and promote screening, particularly in high-risk groups
- working with Aboriginal stakeholders to develop specificstrategies to increase screening among Aboriginal women
- developing programs based on current knowledge about enablers to increase the uptake of screening in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
In keeping with its commitment to ongoing monitoring and provision of accurate data to all relevant stakeholders, the Program reports on key performance indicators (or outcome measures) in collaboration with the NSW Pap Test Register (PTR).