Cervical Screening Renewal


Implementation date changed to December 1 2017

Changes to the cervical screening program, planned for May 1, have been delayed until December 1 2017.

It is important that women due for cervical screening continue to be tested using a cytology-based Pap test.

The following changes to Pap test rebates have been announced by the Australian Government:

May 1 until November 30 2017

Medicare rebate for either Pap smear OR ThinPrep® (LBC).

No Medicare rebate for HPV screening. Medicare rebate for HPV testing for "test of cure" will continue to be available.

From December 1 2017

Medicare rebate for screening HPV test and ThinPrep® (LBC) as per management guidelines. No rebate for Pap smear.


Cervical Screening Test Collection: General Information and Instructions  

General instructions for all collection devices

FAQs and collection advice for ThinPrep® Pap Test cytobrush/spatula collections

FAQs and collection advice for ThinPrep® Pap Test Rovers® Cervex-Brush® Combi collections

FAQs and collection advice for ThinPrep® Pap Test Cervex-Brush® collections



If lubrication of the speculum is required, a little warm water should be used.

If the use of lubricant is necessary, a small amount of water-soluble lubricant that is carbomer or carbopol-polymer free should be applied sparingly to the outer portion of the speculum. This must be done with great care to avoid the tip as it may interfere with the ThinPrep® test process. Please check the lubricant's ingredient list before use.


 Additional Resources and Useful Links

As we approach December 2017, the Australian Government will conduct an extensive education program for all screening stakeholders.

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology will continue to provide you with periodic updates during 2017 as more details become available. However, should you have any queries, please contact our Cytology Department (07) 3377 8592.

CST update

Information on changes to the cervical screening program, including the schedule of screening options.

 CST collection guide

Cervical screening test collection guide: An illustrated guide on ThinPrep® collections.

Hologic video


ThinPrep® Pap Test specimen collection video


Thin Prep 


ThinPrep® Pap Test information for health care professionals


  Cancer Council Australia Cancer Guidelines Wiki: National Cervical Screening Program

Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding.