Cervical cancer self-tests helping to break down barriers and increase screening rates

ABC Health & Wellbeing, Posted Friday 8th March 2019 at 14:54

In Australia, 80 per cent of cervical cancers are found in women who are overdue for screening or have never been screened.

“We know there’s an equity issue in our cervical screening program,” said Dr Saville, executive director of the VCS Foundation, a cervical screening not-for-profit.

“Women from lower socio-economic settings, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds do not screen as often … and are more likely to get cancer.”

In a bid to overcome these barriers, a self-testing process was introduced to Australia’s National Cervical Screening Program in 2017.

Cervical cancer could be all but eliminated in 80 years: Lancet study

RACGP News, 20 Feb 2019

The Lancet Oncology modelling study found 149 of 181 countries could cut rates of the preventable cancer to four per 100,000 women by the end of the century – the threshold for considering it eliminated as a public health problem.

The study finds that combining high uptake of the vaccine with high screening could prevent up to 13.4 million cases of cervical cancer within 50 years, with the most benefit in low and middle income countries.

 

Cervical Screening Update recording now available!

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SHINE SA, August 2018

SHINE SA is proud to present our pilot Clinical Education Forum recording. This recording is available free of charge,  and access is limited to three months only.

Topic: Cervical Screening Update

Presenters: Megan van Zanten & Dr Amy Moten

The forum ensures your knowledge of the National Cervical Screening Renewed Guidelines is accurate and in line with best practice principles.

  • To watch the recording click the link here and set up a free account/sign in. Under Course Categories click Clinical Education to find the course, and then click Enrol Me. You can now watch the recording.

How to redesign the vaginal speculum

Guardian, Tue 24 Apr 2018 

Cervical screening is at its lowest rate in 19 years. The Jade Goody effect, named for the increase in women attending screening after the reality TV star died of the disease in 2009, has disappeared. In 2015 and 2016, only 72.7% of eligible women went to a screening when invited. That doesn’t sound too bad, but it means 1.2 million women didn’t attend.

Clinical Education Forums at SHINE SA

SHINE SA, April 2018

SHINE SA hosts regular education sessions focused on clinically relevant issues. These sessions are available for doctors, nurses, midwives and other interested professionals. QI&CPD points can be applied for each session.

Forums include light refreshments, an educational presentation (1.5 hours CPD) and networking opportunities.

SHINE SA is trialling various software and all forums will be recorded and, quality permitting, uploaded for later access.  Presenters will be recorded for video and audio, but audience will be audio recorded only.

UPCOMING CLINICAL FORUMS:

Tuesday 12 June
Topic: Cervical Screening Update
Presenter: Dr Amy Moten
Attendance at this forum will ensure your knowledge of the National Cervical Screening Renewed Guidelines is accurate and in line with best practice principles.  SA Cervix Screening Program will have updated resources available on the day for you to add to your toolbox.

Tuesday 24 July
Topic: Syphilis
Presenter: Dr Danae Kent
This forum will cover recent trends in syphilis infection, syphilis serology and current recommendations for treatment.  Come along and have your questions on this complex infection answered.

Tuesday 18 September
Topic: Update on Sexually Transmitted infections
Presenter: Dr Danae Kent
This forum will cover current trends in sexually transmitted infections and include recent updates to the Australian STI Management Guidelines for Use in Primary Care.

Tuesday 27 November
Topic: Contraception Update
Presenter: Dr Amy Moten
Network with peers before the silly season is upon us while hearing the latest trends and recommendations in contraception.

FORUM DETAILS:

Where: SHINE SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Time: 6pm registration with presentations 6.30 – 8.30pm

Fee: No cost to attend

DOWNLOAD FLYER:

Clinical Education Forums flyer

Access to recorded forums:  If you are interested in accessing recorded forums, please email shinesacourses@shinesa.org.au with the following information:
1. Forum Topic
2. Your full name
3. Your occupation (doctor, nurse, midwife, other – please state)
4. Your preferred email address

Survey for all women and anyone with a cervix: HPV-related cancer awareness

Positive Life in partnership with Femfatales, the National Network of Women Living with HIV, 2018

All women and anyone with a cervix in Australia, both HIV-positive and HIV-negative, are invited to take an online, anonymous survey about awareness of HPV and related cancers.

Positive Life NSW in partnership with Femfatales, the National Network of Women Living with HIV, has developed a survey to assess levels of HPV-related cancer awareness among women.

The results of this survey will help them better understand how they can support women to prevent HPV-related cancer and how they can support women in recovery from HPV-related cancer. The responses will also assist in the development of targeted educational resources for immunocompromised women and women living with HIV, who are three times more likely to develop cervical cancer. No identifying information will be collected.

The online survey will take approximately eight minutes to complete. If you require a hard-copy of the survey, they can mail some to you with reply paid envelopes: please feel free to contact Katya on (02) 9206 2178 or at KatyaS@positivelife.org.au

Disclaimer – the responsibility for the ethical aspects of this survey are with the organisation Positive Life NSW. SHINE SA accepts no responsibility or liability for the survey.