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National Cancer Screening Update

June 17, 2019

The NCSR is an integral part of the cervical screening pathway and plays a role in improving participation in the National Cervical Screening Program (the Program). The NCSR integrates with government data sets which, for the first time, enables the identification of never-screened eligible persons in Australia.

The data received by the NCSR and received by sources such as Medicare, laboratories and Healthcare Providers is processed by complex algorithms that are based upon the Program’s clinical guidelines and place participants onto the appropriate clinical pathway. This automatically generates appropriate correspondence to participants and their nominated Healthcare Provider.

To support the Program to increase participation, the NCSR will begin to invite newly eligible people aged 25 years and people aged 25 to 30 years who have never screened. This correspondence will be distributed from June 2019.

The Department of Health is currently planning a broader campaign for the dissemination of invitations to eligible never-screened and under-screened people over the age of 30 to assist the uptake of Cervical Screening Tests and maximise participation.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Bronwyn Morrish, Director, Cervical Screening on (02) 6289 9784 or at