Cervical screening PIP – A quality improvement opportunity for general practice

  5 October 2018  NWMPHN   

The Practice Incentives Program Cervical Screening Incentive aims to encourage GPs to screen under-screened women, that is women aged at least 24 years and 9 months but less than 75 years who have not had a cervical smear in the last four years, for cervical cancer and to increase overall screening rates.

For more information, read the Cervical Screening incentive guidelines (.docx, 29KB). 

A toolkit for general practice

A toolkit has been developed to assist healthcare providers to engage under-screened and never-screened women in cervical screening. The toolkit includes strategies for the following groups of women: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women 
  • Women from CALD backgrounds, including women who have experienced female genital cutting 
  • Women with disabilities 
  • Women who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) and have a cervix 
  • Women who have experienced sexual assault 
  • Women from remote areas
  • Older women
  • Women who experience socio-economic disadvantage
  • Women who have had the HPV vaccine 


Clinical guidelines for cervical screening can be found on the HealthPathways website: melbourne.healthpathways.org.au

Further assistance

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) can help your practice improve cervical screening participation rates by providing assistance with:

  • Practice self assessments for cancer screening
  • Cancer screening action plans
  • Coding cancer screening in medical software
  • How to review your practice data (Pen Cat Tool) to identify patient cohorts 
  • How to develop a robust reminder and recall system for cervical screening
  • Patient information on cervical screening 

For further information or to arrange a practice visit please contact Prevention and Screening Program Officer Angela Ouroumis on (03) 9347 1188 or email: angela.ouroumis@nwmphn.org.au.