Cervical Screening

Cervical Screening Test (previously Pap Smear)

Pap smear has been replaced by a similar procedure, called the Cervical Screening Test done every 5 years instead of every 2 years. And rather than starting screening at 18, women can now start screening at 25 years old. This test looks and feels like a Pap smear, with a doctor collecting a sample of cells from the cervix using a small brush.

The Cervical Screening Test is more accurate than the Pap smear because it detects the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that causes most cases of cervical cancer. It is not a test for cancer.

All women aged 25 and over who have ever been sexually active — even just once — will be due for their first Cervical Screening Test 2 years after their last Pap smear. You will still need a Cervical Screening Test even if you have been vaccinated against HPV.

Read more about the changes to the National Cervical Screening Program.

Our practice offers Bulk-billing to both new and existing patients holding a valid Medicare card with no out-of-pocket cost for standard consultations from Monday to Friday

You Can Now Book Your Appointments Online

Pakenham Family Health uses an online booking system for appointments. To get started, simply click on the “Book An Appointment” button below and select your dates and GP.

Alternatively, if you have any other questions, please call our reception office during our business operating hours and our staff will attend to your queries.

For medical assistance outside of our business hours please contact our Medical Deputising Service on 13 7425.

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Tuesday:
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Wednesday:
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Thursday:
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Saturday:
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Sunday:
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Public Holidays:
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  • In the event of an emergency, please call 000 for an ambulance. For medical assistance outside of our business hours please contact our Medical Deputising Service on: 13 SICK (13 74 25)
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