Improving cultural safety in cervical screening for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

  22 February 2023  Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO)   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

After consulting with several Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and the wider Aboriginal community in Victoria, the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and the Australian Centre for Prevention of Cervical Cancer (ACPCC) collaborated on cervical screening resources. These resources add a positive, culturally safe and confidential option for the community during a cervical screen, which is private and sensitive by nature.

The aim of this project is to offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and people with a cervix the option of receiving one of two resources depending on whether they choose or require the clinician-collected cervical screening option, or participate in the self-collection option.

The resources feature Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung and Gamilaroi artist Madison Connors’ artwork, which celebrates Aboriginal culture, women’s strength, and women’s control over their own health.

Order resources online

The resources include:

  • Self-collected cervical screening test (CST) kits (Aboriginal designed zip-up pouch, non-transparent specimen bag with, patient instruction card and swab*).
  • Aboriginal designed towels (coverings) for clinician-collected CSTs.

Patients can take the zip-up pouch OR towel (covering) home with them after their cervical screening test, depending on which screening method they choose.

To order, click here.

Additional resources

To enquire, please email or call 03 9411 9411.

Disclaimer: This article was provided by Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.