Having your Pap test

A Pap test (or Pap smear) is a quick and simple test that’s been proven to be very effective in avoiding cervical cancer.

This short video provides a firsthand look at what happens at a cervical screening appointment. The video also includes stories of women who have had abnormal cells detected by cervical screening.

You can have a Pap test in just a few minutes, at your local doctor, a women’s or community health clinic, a Family Planning clinic, or at an Aboriginal Medical Service. 

When you’ve chosen the location and health provider that will make you feel the most comfortable, call to make an appointment. The best time to have the test is in the middle of your menstrual cycle.

Medicare covers most of the cost for a Pap test, but there may be a small fee.  

If you’re feeling anxious, you can take a family member or friend with you. If English is not your first language and you would like an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.


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