The National Cervical Screening Program has released an important revision to one of the components on the renewed National Cervical Screening Program launched on 1 December 2017.
The self-collection method has been included in the program to encourage women who are aged 30 years or over and have never had a screening test; or who are overdue for testing by at least two years; and in either case have declined a healthcare provider-collected sample, to participate in cervical screening.
However, self-collection can only be implemented when the laboratory and platform testing processes and equipment attain the various accreditation requirements. Laboratories are not yet accredited to perform the test and therefore the self-collection method is not yet claimable against the MBS.
Healthcare providers who conduct cervical screening tests are advised not to offer the self-collection method to eligible women until further notice. All other aspects of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program will go ahead as scheduled on 1 December 2017.
Further information on the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program is available here.
The practice software package commonly referred to as Communicare (DCA Direct Health Pty Ltd, trading as HealthConnex), has changed its name to Telstra Health Pty Ltd.
Users of the software have been advised that as a result of the name change, communications will now come from Telstra health Pty Ltd and not DCA Direct Health Pty ltd. The ABN remains unchanged and no action is required other than perhaps updating your accounts records where required.
1 December 2017 marked the implementation of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP). Significant changes have occurred, with a shift to a primary oncogenic HPV test with partial genotyping, a change in the test interval and screening age ranges, and an option for self-collection. A range of resources are available to support these changes in your practice.
Round 1 is now open and will close on 20 December 2017.
For further information read the Frequently Asked Questions.
The Better Health Program is a fun, interactive 10-week healthy lifestyle program for children aged 7 – 13 years old. In a supportive and friendly environment, children become fitter, healthier and happier. Practice staff who have parents concerned about their child’s weight are encouraged to look at the Better Health Program and make use of the referral form. For more information please view the flyer and the referral form.
Date: Commencing 7, February 2018
Venue: Mike Barnett Sports Complex, Dixon Rd & Goddard St, Rockingham WA 6168
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
General Practitioners, Practice Managers and Nurse Managers are invited to attend an interactive evening to meet the commissioned WAPHA services in Mandurah. Meet the providers face to face and see what they can offer your patients.
Date: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Venue: Mandurah Quay Resort, 40 Marina Quay Drive, Erskine 6210
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Registration: For more information and to register, please contact Bethany Goodall, Regional Coordinator on 0459 883 533 or via Bethany.Goodall@wapha.org.au.