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Australia’s National Cancer Screening Register delayed

27 February 2017

The Department of Health has advised that the start date for Australia’s first National Cancer Screening Register, which was scheduled to commence on 1 May 2017, has been delayed due to the complexity of assimilating and migrating data from eight state and territory cancer registers into one register.

In an official statement, the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer advised that, without a register function, there will be no national system in place to provide screening histories to laboratories to inform clinical decision-making and no ‘safety net’ supporting women with positive test results to get the follow up they need.

Current arrangements for the existing Pap Test will continue until the new test and national register are in place. Consequently, the new MBS items for the new Cervical Screening Test will not be made available until the introduction of the register.

The Department of Health has expressed its commitment to deliver the Register as early as possible within the 2017 calendar year and will shortly convene a meeting with relevant stakeholders.

 



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