Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer haven't had regular Pap tests - also known as Pap smears.

Pap tests. A little awkward for a lot of peace of mind.

How to mentally prepare for a Pap test

Did you know that around 90% of cervical cancers can be prevented with regular Pap tests?

But fear and embarrassment mean many women avoid having them.

Here, Sophie takes us on her Pap test journey to reveal what really happens and help you prepare.

'It's just like going to the dentist, except it's down there ... and there aren't any teeth.'

Update your contact details

When you are overdue for a Pap test, the Pap test Registry will send you a reminder letter. To update your contact details, visit the Registry website or call 03 9250 0399. 

Women's Cancer Screening Grants
Congratulations to the following clinics who have received grants from PapScreen Victoria to put on extra cervical screening clinics to meet the need in their areas.

  • Gladstone Park Clinic, Tullamarine
  • Dianella Community Health GP Superclinic, Broadmeadows
  • Hillcrest Health Centre, Broadmeadows
  • Somerton Road Medical Centre, Craigieburn
  • Westmeadows Medical Centre, Westmeadows
  • Evans Street Medical, Sunbury

Women can access free Pap tests at the above clinics during particular times – contact the clinics directly for more information. 

Melbourne Metro Nurse Professional Development Day
PapScreen Victoria delivers professional development workshops for nurse cervical screening providers each year. Workshops feature a number of speakers offering information on cervical screening and HPV, and other women’s health topics. Register now for the Melbourne workshop on Friday 16 October at the State Library of Victoria. Please email Heidi English for more information. 

LGBTI community need for important cervical screening study
Seeking lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people living in Victoria. Read the media release

Experts recommend new cervical screening guidelines
The Medical Services Advisory Committee has recommended the Federal Government implement new cervical screening guidelines. Until these recommendations are adopted and implemented, PapScreen Victoria encourages women to continue having Pap tests every two years, as per the current national guidelines. Read more

Update your clinic details
Please support us by providing or updating your clinic's details, to make sure every Victorian woman has accurate information about where they can access Pap tests. If you have any problems updating your details, or don't have your clinic ID code, please contact Harriet on 03 9514 6424 or

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