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The New Cervical Screening Test & your Practice Recall and Reminder system

What you need to know if you use MedicalDirector or Best Practice Software for your Recalls and Reminders.

Cervical Screening Program Changes as of 1/12/17:

The two-yearly Pap test for women aged 18 to 69 will be replaced by a five yearly Cervical Screening Test (CST) for women aged 25 to 74. Key changes include:

    • your recall and reminder system!!
    • the age at which screening starts will increase from 18 years to 25 years
    • self-collection option for under screened or never screened women
    • the time between routine tests will change from two to five years
    • new National Cancer Screening Register (due 2018) who will invite women to participate in screening
    • women aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have an exit test.

RACGP Standards 5th edition (released Nov 2017) specify practices need to remind patients when they need to have another screening and not rely on patients receiving reminders from the registers.

How are you going to manage the change? What are you going to call your recalls/reminders? What about your patients who are under 25 and due for a Pap test reminder right now? How can you educate and alleviate any possible concerns from your patients (or staff) with this change?

Get all your questions answered with Katrina Otto, Train IT Medical, approved trainer for MedicalDirector, Best Practice Software, Avant Mutual, Pen (CAT4) and recognised expert on recalls, reminders and practice systems.


Katrina Otto has been educating practice staff across Australia on the new Cervical Screening Program guidelines and how to effectively manage the change, optimising use of Bp Premier, MedicalDirector Clinical and Pen CAT4 software.

Let Katrina, an experienced Practice Manager & qualified teacher, explain cancer screening changes relevant to your practice support team and lead your practice to an improved recall, reminder and screening program.

Purchase Katrina’s 30 minute instructional video covering vital information related to changes to Bp Premier, MedicalDirector Clinical, Cancer Screening processes and how to adapt your practice recall and reminder system for the new Cervical Screening Test (CST).

Cost: $50.00 per practice (+GST)

Order now via email:

Purchase Katrina’s educational video to teach your practice team:

  • New RACGP general practice accreditation standards relevant to reminders and the new national screening register.
  • How to manage your patients who are under 25 but who may be listed as due for a Pap test on your current reminder list.
  • How to introduce this change to your practice team and patients in a positive, engaging manner.
  • Approaches to reach your under screened or never screened patient population.
  • How good preventive health management and good quality data leads to increased patient safety and increased practice revenue.
  • Risk management related to recall and reminder systems within Bp Premier and MedicalDirector Clinical software……and much more.

NB. PHNs may be eligible for this recording for free depending on previous Train IT Medical educational video purchases. Please contact Katrina directly to enquire:


Many practitioners do not effectively use the software to manage recalls… Katrina provides excellent education via webinars…” Marianna Kelly, Senior Medico-Legal Risk Manager, Avant Mutual Group Ltd
Read more testimonials


Attend our ‘Ask an Expert live Q & A Webinar’ & ask your practice and software-specific questions (MD & Bp Premier). 

Date: Tuesday 5 December, 12.30pm (AEDT)


$50.00 per practice (+GST)

       Click here to register


PHNs/Corporate practices/Organisations please email for attendance fee.



Free Educational Resources
We have compiled a list of our favourite free resources related to the new Cervical Screening Program that you can use to further educate your staff and patients:

National Cervical Screening Program – Dept of Health – FAQs
Cervical Screening Changes FAQ – Video – Dr Sally Sweeney Hunter New England Central Coast PHN (HNECCPHN)
NPS Information & FAQs
NPS free eLearning
Self-Collection for HPV test – Quick Reference Guide
National Cancer Screening Register – FAQs
National Cervical Screening Program Guidelines – shortform
Cancer Council Australia Cancer Guidelines Wiki
‘Cancer Council study confirms starting cervical cancer screening at age 25 is safe’
Cancer Institute NSW ‘Information for Health Professionals’
Untold Stories – Cervical Cancer Screening – Audio-visual stories (Family Planning NSW). Spoken in Arabic, Assyrian, Dari, French, Hindi, Karen, Khmer, Mandarin, Nepalese & Vietnamese.
‘Changes to cervical screening will benefit Australian women’ RACGP media release
Cancer Screening QI activities – Coordinare 
7 QI ideas for Cancer Screening – Western Sydney PHN
NCPHN Cervical Screening Workshop Presenter Slides – Drs Adendorff, Rattray & Strazarri

Educate your patients!  Here’s a great educational youtube video for your practice website/facebook page


Why are we changing? WE HAVE A MORE EFFECTIVE TEST!
 Yes, this is a big change but it is a good change.
  Let us help you make it a simple change for your staff and patients. 

 Thank you for making a challenging subject interesting and simpler” Georgie, Parkview Clinic

Acknowledgements: Thank you to MedicalDirector, Best Practice Software, Pen Clinical Systems, Cancer Institute of NSW and Sara Gloede from NCPHN for their assistance and support in development of up-to-the-minute expertise.


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