Doctors are encouraged to stay vigilant of HPV vaccination and cervical screening in South Australia particularly in populations who experience significant barriers to screening. This comes amidst recent research launched at the International Papilloma Virus1 Conference in Sydney which suggests that by 2022 cervical cancer could be considered rare to the point of virtual elimination should vaccination and screening programs be continued.
SHINE SA is South Australia’s key sexual and reproductive health agency, and the State’s sole training provider for the Cervical Screening Credentialing Program, a course which ensures doctors and nurses are skilled to conduct screening tests for the human papilloma virus (HPV).
SHINE SA’s CEO Natasha Miliotis looks forward to virtual elimination however warns against complacency on HPV vaccination and screening:
“Virtual elimination relies on clinicians continuing to ensure high rates of vaccination for all young people prior to becoming sexually active, as well as regular five yearly screening for all people over 25 with a cervix.
Young people who missed the HPV vaccination in Year 8 should receive a catch up vaccination. But regardless of HPV vaccination status, all people over 25 with a cervix should still receive cervical screening.
However some South Australians are at risk of being left behind. Groups such as Aboriginal people and new arrivals are still experiencing significant barriers to screening due to geographic isolation or language difficulties.
For others, internal examinations can be difficult, particularly for trans men or people who have experienced trauma. The good news for high risk groups is that there is now an option of self-collected samples for those who meet criteria as outlined in the National guidelines.
We would encourage all GPs to continue working to close the gaps on HPV vaccination and cervical screening for their patients.”
People who think they have missed HPV vaccination or find cervical screening difficult are encouraged to call SHINE SA 1300 794 584 for an appointment.
WELCOME TO SHINE SA
Established in 1970 as the Family Planning Association of South Australia, SHINE SA has expanded beyond traditional family planning services.
Today SHINE SA is a leading not-for-profit provider of primary care services and education for sexual and relationship wellbeing.
SHINE SA’s service and education delivery model works to provide sexual health education, early intervention, health promotion, clinical services and therapeutic counselling.
SHINE SA provides nurse-led and medical clinical assessment, treatment and counselling services across nine clinical sites.
Drop-in clinics provide free responsive access to young people under the age of 25.
SHINE SA conducts workforce development education for doctors, nurses/midwives, community workers and teachers, and strives to enhance these services through optimising technology.
For more information visit: www.shinesa.org.au
M: 0434 937 036