Learn about the benefits of HPV self-collection
Develop the knowledge and skills to offer HPV self-collection to eligible patients and increase cancer screening participation rates.
The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) is a highly successful public health initiative in Australia, halving cervical cancer incidence and mortality since it was introduced in 1991. The renewed NCSP introduced on 1 December 2017 changed the 2-yearly Pap Test to a 5-yearly Cervical Screening Test and changed the target age group to 25–74.
The renewed NCSP also introduced HPV self-collection to help engage under-screened women and people with a cervix to participate in cervical screening.
HPV self-collection is equally as sensitive as a clinician-collected test and highly acceptable amongst women and people with a cervix. It is the key to eliminating cervical cancer in Australia by 2030.
With primary care playing a critical role in increasing screening participation rates, this course will provide General Practitioners, Nurse Cervical Screening Providers and Practice Nurses across Australia with information about the natural progression of cervical disease, the rationale for using the HPV test as the primary screening test, and recent changes to the NCSP clinical guidelines.
This course has a strong focus on HPV self-collection, presenting the latest emerging evidence and the current self-collection policy, eligibility criteria, and screening pathway.
Upon completion of this course, participants will have the knowledge and skills to offer HPV self-collection to eligible patients, as well as understanding the accuracy and reliability of HPV self-collection as a primary cervical screening test and appropriate follow-up and management practices.
This course is four hours in duration and is CPD accredited with the following organisations:
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) - Accredited Activity for 40 CPD points in the 2020-2022 triennium.
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for the 2020-2022 triennium - PDP hours: 3.5 Educational activity, 1 Performance review.
- Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) - 4 CPD hours.
- Australian College of Nursing (ACN) (until 2023) - 4 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard.
GPEx and VCS Pathology, a division of the Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer (ACPCC) would like to acknowledge the contribution of:
Dr Ruth McNair AM, general practitioner at Northside Clinic and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne for her input in the LGBTIQ+ section of Module 5; and
Ms Sandy Anderson, Registered Nurse at the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative for her input in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander section of Module 5.
Program contentLearning outcomes
This course will help you achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Outline the natural progression of cervical disease and its relation to HPV infection.
- Apply the National Cervical Screening Program clinical guidelines when ordering co-tests to case studies.
- Assess the suitability of a patient for HPV self-collection according to National Cervical Screening Program clinical guidelines.
- Compare the differences between the HPV self-collection pathway and clinician-collected pathway.
- Evaluate cervical screening quality improvements suitable to your practice.
- HPV Self-Collection Introduction
- Science of Cervical Screening and the Evidence for Self-Collection
- National Cervical Screening Program Self-Collection Policy
- HPV Self-Collection in Clinical Practice
- Underscreened Groups and Using Your Practice Systems to Reach Them