As of the 1st of July 2022 new self collection methods are available for cervical screening tests (CSTs).

Cervical screening tests are critical in the early detection of cervical cancer. It is currently recommended that all women and people with a cervix aged 25-74 years old, who have ever had any sexual contact, should have regular cervical screenings.

A CST is a quick procedure where a medical practitioner will check the health of your cervix by swabbing your cervix and taking a sample to be sent for screening at a laboratory. The test is looking for the presence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which can cause cervical cancer. The CST has replaced the Pap smear, it is only required every five years and provides better early detection of cervical cancer.

The introduction of the self-collect option from the 1st of July will give patients the choice of self collection or clinician collection. We know that some groups are less likely to screen, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people who identify as LGBTIQ+, people with disabilities, people who experienced sexual violence and post-menopausal women. This new self collection method for cervical screening is a less invasive option which we hope will encourage people to screen regularly.

We aim to prevent cervical cancer by improving awareness of and access to the choice of screening methods now available.

More information

For more information on cervical cancer screening, the new self collection method or to book an appointment with one of our friendly doctors or nurses call us on 6330 5400 or email us at

Useful Links

Please visit the National Cervical Screening Program for more information National Cervical Screening Program | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Screening in September

WHFS will be holding dedicated Cervical Screening clinics throughout September. Bookings are encouraged, but not essential*

  • Friday 9/09/2022 10am-2pm
  • Friday 16/09/2022 10am-2pm
  • Friday 23/09/2022 10am-2pm
  • Friday 30/09/2022 10am-2pm

*Bookings are essential if you require an interpreter

To book call us on 6330 5400