National Cervical Screening Program renewal in Australia: Survey of clinician views and attitudes

Sally Sweeney, Yan Cheng, Jessica R. Botfield, Deborah Bateson

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From 1 December 2017, the National Cervical Screening Program was renewed in Australia, with updated national cervical screening guidelines released. This study was performed to determine clinicians' familiarity with the updated guidelines and explore their views and attitudes towards the renewed program. Clinicians providing cervical screening in New South Wales, Australia, were invited to complete an online survey in 2018. Of the 241 clinicians who responded, 91.5% supported the change to 5-yearly human papillomavirus screening from the age of 25 years. However, nearly 13% indicated they did not know where to access the renewed guidelines and 37% had never or rarely accessed them. Open-ended responses highlighted clinicians' concerns about missed cancers and missed opportunities for health checks. Those raising these concerns accessed the guidelines less frequently. The findings highlight important areas for additional education and support for clinicians in translating guidelines into practice to ensure successful delivery of the renewed program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-416
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • health services: needs and demands
  • patient-centred care
  • primary health care
  • social support
  • women's health services

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