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Cervical Screening Self Collection

New changes to the National Cervical Screening Program mean that all eligible screeners – women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 74 – will be able to choose to have a Cervical Screening Test either by:

  • taking your own sample from your vagina, using a simple swab (self-collection)

  • having a healthcare provider collect your sample from the cervix using a speculum.

Both options are:

  • accessed through your GP

  • accurate and safe ways to collect a sample for a Cervical Screening Test.

When you opt to collect your own vaginal sample, you will be provided with a swab by your GP and instructions on how to do the test. The sample can be taken in a private space (behind a curtain or in the bathroom).


Self-collection is not suitable if you are experiencing symptoms such as unusual bleeding, pain or discharge.

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