Today is the first day of a new and improved test for Australian women for cervical cancer. Australia leads the world in cervical screening and the changes to the National cervical cancer screening program for Australian women further cements this reputation and is another example of world best-quality healthcare in this country.
Pathology Australia Chief Executive Officer, Liesel Wett, said the implementation of the new cervical screening program, with a new, five yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test from today was a very positive outcome for women and would help to reduce the number of invasive procedures over a woman’s lifetime.
“Not only are we leading the way in the early detection and treatment of cervical cancers, but also in the implementation of these changes to our health system,” she said.
And it’s our very own, Australian Pathology laboratories across the country that are providing the new test for this women’s health program,” Ms Wett said.
Ms Wett said pathology was an essential medical service necessary to ensure a high-quality health system and would continue to deliver for patients in the screening of women with new effective testing.
“The role that pathology plays in medical diagnoses is essential to treatment and care of patients, particularly in the early diagnosis of cancer,” Ms Wett said.
“Pathology Australia member laboratories are critical to the successful implementation of this program. We have worked collaboratively with the government to see this program and these new five yearly, HPV tests delivered to all Australian women, aged between 25 and 74 years. It’s a great win for women, delivered by Pathology practices.
“The private pathology sector is the driving force behind the implementation of the National Cervical Screening Program and we look forward to working with patients and their treating doctors to introduce this new, more-streamlined and more sensitive testing system.
“This has the potential to save many lives. Cervical cancer claims the lives of 250 women a year, despite being one of the most preventable cancers.
“Given the pathology sector’s role in cervical screening, we are very much looking forward to working with the government to deliver this program and to deliver for all Australian women.”