The NSW Pap Test Register is a central and confidential record of NSW women’s cervical tests. Women’s individual information will not be disclosed to anyone other than the woman, her health practitioner and the laboratory that is producing her test results.
There are five types of data requests that the NSW Pap Test Register processes. Each applies to a different type of data usage.
Requests for data may:
1. Non-Participation Data Request
This form can be used by non-service providers to request customized data in certain circumstances e.g. for research.
2. Participation Data Request
This form can be used to request aggregated cervical screening data by groups and individuals providing cervical screening services, e.g. Women’s Health Nurses in Area Health Services, and staff at Divisions of General Practice, for the purpose of assisting providers of cervical screening and planning.
This data cannot be used for published research or made publicly available in any other way, including posting on websites. Requests received shall be forwarded to the PTR Data Custodian for assessment and/or approval.
3. Pap Test Providers Requesting More Than 5 Individual Records
This form can be used by Pap providers to request cervical screening history for more than 5 records to assist clinical management of patients.
4. Laboratories Requesting Follow-up Cervical History
This form can be used by laboratories to request follow-up cervical for quality assurance purpose.
The data cannot be used for published research or made publicly available in any other way, including posting on websites.
5. Health Practitioner Reminder Service: Pap Test Data Request
This form can be used by health practitioners to request lists of women being screened to assist their health care planning and delivery.
Upon the receipt of the completed data request form, the NSW Pap Test Register will review the information (as well as study approval if applicable). Further clarification may be required from the requestor on any aspect of the application that is not clear.
In addition to providing data to health practitioners laboratories and researchers, the NSW Cervical Screening Program prepares an annual statistical report. This is a detailed report of cervical cancer and cervical screening participation in NSW.
Other statistical reports are produced for NSW Department of Health and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing to assist in the National Cervical Screening Program. The latest National report, prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, is now available for download.