What is the Register?

  • Release Two of the National Cancer Screening Register is now live and operational. This follows the successful migration of all of the state and territory registers to the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR).
  • The Register is a national electronic infrastructure that collects, analyses and reports information about the cervical screening history of eligible Australians.
  • We will create a national record for each Australian participating in cervical screening.
  • To access national cervical screening patient records, please call us on 1800 627 701.
  • We will automatically get information from Medicare. There is no need for participants to take any action to be on the Register.
  • We will let participants manage and take control of their screening information.
  • Healthcare providers can support participants to manage their screening by explaining the National Cervical Screening Program changes and supporting them to complete requests to the Register, for example a request to defer the next screening date.
  • Participants will receive invitation and reminder letters when they are due for cervical screening, unless the person has chosen not to receive correspondence from the Register.

Access the Register

To access the Register please call us on 1800 627 701 to speak to a member of our Contact Centre team. As a guide, when you call us we may ask you personal information to help us identify you, for example first name, date of birth and Medicare identification.

Healthcare provider

This section is relevant to healthcare providers who provide cervical screening services for program participants, for example general practitioners (GPs), nurses trained in cervical screening, doctors, specialists such as gynaecologists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners.

You can use the Register to:

  • Check your patient’s screening test history and reminders.
  • Check and update your patient’s personal details.
  • Manage your patient’s participation in the National Cervical Screening Program.

For these actions, please call us at 1800 627 701. Or refer to the Quick Start Guide for Healthcare Providers.

Pathology

This section is relevant to laboratory providers, scientists and pathologists.

You can use the Register to:

  • Request and view screening histories.
  • Send pathology results to us.
  • Extract the national HPV positivity benchmark for quality reporting.

If your laboratory is already connected to the Register, you can send results directly to us using your laboratory information software. 

If your laboratory will report results through the online pathology portal, please refer to the Quick Start Guide for Pathology Portal.

HPV positivity rates – benchmarking reports for pathology labs

One of the key elements of quality assessment for the National Cervical Screening Program is for pathology laboratories to routinely assess their HPV detection rate (‘positivity rate’). Laboratories are expected to compare the HPV detection rate in samples of at least 2000 specimens against national benchmarks.

The National Cancer Screening Register provides benchmarks that will allow laboratories to assess their detection rates against National averages. The NCSR separately reports benchmark detection rates by age cohorts (born before/after June 30, 1980) labelled as pre- and post- 1980.

View charts and tables relating to HPV positivity rates.

Colposcopy

This section is relevant to specialists who perform colposcopy.

You can use the Register to:

  • Check your patient’s screening test history, reminders or if they are overdue for screening or follow up.
  • Check and update your patient’s personal details.
  • Complete the Colposcopy & Treatment Form to update recommendation and referral details.
  • Extract performance data for quality reporting.

For these and other actions, please call us at 1800 627 701. Or refer to the Quick Start Guide for Healthcare Providers.

Useful forms and guidelines

Please refer to forms and guidelines available for your use and reference.

Your patient’s privacy

The Privacy Policy describes why, when, and how we collect, use and disclose your information to operate the Register.

For more information please read the Privacy Policy