WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program for health professionals

Cervical cancer is a worldwide health issue and is one of the most preventable of all cancers.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is well-established as the principal cause in nearly all cervical cancer cases.

There are many different subtypes of HPV that can infect the anogenital tract, but 2 HPV subtypes known as type 16 and 18 are responsible for 70 per cent of all cervical cancer cases worldwide.

HPV vaccines that prevent HPV type 16 and 18 infections are now available. These vaccines are anticipated to reduce the incidence of cervical and other anogenital cancers caused by infection with these HPV types in vaccinated cohorts.

The Australian Government and cervical cancer prevention

In 1991, the Australian Government accepted recommendations made by the Screening Evaluation Steering Committee to the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC) and implemented the Organised Approach to Preventing Cancer of the Cervix, now known as the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) (external site).

The NCSP operates as a joint program of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

In 2014, following a rigorous assessment of the evidence and economics of potential screening pathways, tests and intervals the Medical Services Advisory Committee (external site) recommended changes to the NCSP. These recommendations were accepted by AHMAC and this ‘Renewal’ of the NCSP was implemented on 1 December 2017. 

The WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program

The Western Australia Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP) is a state component of the NCSP. It is responsible for the management and operation of the statewide cervical screening program.

The WACCPP aims to reduce the incidence and mortality attributable to cervical cancer in WA.

The program achieves this by supporting healthcare providers and implementing appropriate strategies to maximise women's participation in cervical screening.

The role of health professionals

Health professionals play a critical role in ensuring that the WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP) has continued success in reducing the incidence and mortality attributable to cervical cancer in WA women.

The WACCPP delivers both services and support to assist health care providers who provide cervical screening for WA women.

We work in partnership with you by providing:

  • Data that allows the performance of laboratories to be monitored within an accredited quality framework
  • Reminders to your patients who are overdue for their next cervical screening or a follow-up test
  • Comprehensive cervical screening histories
  • Support for data and research requests
  • Cervical screening resource materials
  • Cervical screening information sessions to women and health care providers

More information

WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP)

Opening hours: 8.00am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 9323 6788 or 13 15 56 (cost of a local call)
Email: cervicalscreening@health.wa.gov.au
Fax: 9323 6711
Address: 1070 Hay Street, West Perth WA 6005

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WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program