WA Cervical Screening Provider Scholarships

The WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP) offers scholarships to nurses and midwives working in the private and publicly funded sectors that are committed to delivering cervical screening services.

Scholarship funding will cover the cost (theory and clinical practicum components) of attendance at the Sexual Health Quarters (SHQ) Cervical Screening for Nurses course (external site) to be held Monday 26 November to Thursday 29 November 2018.

For further information please contact the WACCPP on 13 15 56 or at cervicalscreening@health.wa.gov.au.


Applicants must be:

  • A registered nurse or midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (external site) 
  • Employed in a Western Australian workplace 
  • Able to perform cervical screening in their workplace 
  • Able to attend the course in Perth 
  • Committed to completing all components of the Cervical Screening for Nurses Course.

It is preferred that applicants are employed full-time.

Scholarships can only be awarded on submission of a completed WACCPP application form. Priority will be given to applicants who practice in an area with limited services and/or low cervical screening participation rates.

Download the WACCPP application form in PDF (209KB) or Word (380KB).

Due to high demand and limited funding available, agency nurses are ineligible to apply. Applications close 4pm Friday 28 September 2018.

For further information please contact the WACCPP at 13 15 56 or cervicalscreening@health.wa.gov.au.

Cervical Screening for Nurses Course overview

The Cervical Screening for Nurses Course (external site) consists of a theory component of 25 contact hours (3.5 days) plus self-directed learning and a clinical component.

The course is designed for working with well women only and assumes that a supporting doctor is available to manage any issues outside the nurse/midwife’s scope of practice, including referral if required.

Course content

Topics covered include:

Cervical screening

  • HPV and cancer of the cervix 
  • Guidelines for screening 
  • Cervical Screening Test procedure and pelvic examination
  • Management of results. 

Cervical Screening Test consultations

  • Taking a woman’s health history and brief risk assessment 
  • Documentation 
  • Legal and ethical issues 
  • Cervical Screening Provider role and scope of practice 
  • Clinical practice session. 

During the clinical practice session participants are supervised by SHQ clinical instructors to perform a consultation, which will include taking a Cervical Screening Test (with a peer or paid surrogate client).

Clinical Practicum

All participants require a minimum number of Cervical Screening Tests and supervised clinical practice, with demonstrated competence. The clinical practicum dates will be confirmed with individual course participants by SHQ.

Last reviewed: 31-07-2018
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