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How to redesign the vaginal speculum

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Guardian, Tue 24 Apr 2018 02.23 AEST 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. What...

Design Agency ‘Frog’ Redesigns The Dreaded Gynecology Exam

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co.design, 10.10.17 Cold metal. Eerie clicking sound. Torturous duck-billed shape. Yes, I’m talking about the speculum, the anxiety-inducing device that doctors use to check  vaginal health. Despite its status as an instrument of discomfort and its dark history–involving a doctor who experimented on slave women – the speculum remains to this day one of the centerpieces of the often dreaded annual...

Changes to cervical screening in Australia, new guidelines

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Cancer Screening, Australian Government,  Page last updated: 01 March 2017 Based on new evidence and better technology, the National Cervical Screening Program will change from 1 December 2017 to improve early detection and save more lives. The Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program will be implemented on 1 December 2017.  Until the renewed National Cervical Screening Program is...

Five myths about the new cervical screening program that refuse to die

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The Conversation, March 10, 2017 6.23am AEDT
The online petition against changes to Australia’s cervical cancer screening program has revealed more than 70,000 people (most of whom we could assume are women) are deeply concerned about what the upcoming changes mean.
Let’s have a look at some common misconceptions and concerns about changes to the cervical cancer screening program.
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The end of the Pap smear is good news for women

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by Dr Deborah Bateson, Medical Director, Family Planning NSW Published in Sydney Morning Herald, February 28 2017 The government announced on Monday the end date for the Pap smear. On December 1, it will be superseded by a new test for the human papilloma virus (HPV). An online campaign aimed at persuading Malcolm Turnbull to stop this change has gained traction, but while the campaign may be...

Sexual Health & Cervix Screening Update Day (for doctors, nurses, midwives and other health & community workers)

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SHine SA, January 2017 The 2017 Sexual Health & Cervix Screening Update Day is presented by SHine SA and South Australian Cervix Screening Program. This annual event is open to doctors, nurses and midwives and any other interested health and community workers. The renewed cervical screening guidelines are to be implemented from 1 May 2017. The Update Day has been timed to coincide with the...

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