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, 18 and other common HPV 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.

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More information

WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (WACCPP)

Phone: 6458 1740 or 13 15 56 (cost of a local call)
Email: cervicalscreening@health.wa.gov.au
Fax: 6458 1755
Address: Level 1, Agnes Walsh House, King Edward Memorial Hospital 374 Bagot Rd, Subiaco 6008

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