What if I have specific needs?

It’s important that all women between 18 and 69 years who have ever been sexually active have a Pap test every two years. This is the best way to avoid cervical cancer. If you have specific needs there may be a provider who can perform your Pap test for you who best suits your requirements.

If you:

help is available so you can make an appointment and have the test every two years.

If you have a disability

Information about local health practitioners who can best suit your needs is available by calling the NSW Pap Test Register Infoline on 13 15 56. The Infoline staff can tell you where you can find services such as adjustable examination couches/beds, and other resources to support visual, hearing or other physical or intellectual disabilities.

Another option is to contact Family Planning NSW on their website or by calling the Family Planning NSW Talkline on 1300 658 886. Family Planning NSW operate clinics in Ashfield, Dubbo, Fairfield, Newcastle and Penrith and each is staffed by fully qualified doctors, nurses and receptionists. All Family Planning clinics are accessible to and inclusive for women with physical disabilities.


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If you seek translation services

If you would like some help in understanding information about cervical cancer and the Pap test, and have difficulty communicating in English, call the Translating and Interpreting Services on 13 14 50. Interpreters can help you with information about cervical cancer and other health concerns.

By calling this number you can find out how to make an appointment and arrange to have an interpreter at the clinic or consulting rooms with you. You also can have a friend or family member help you make the appointment or be there with you for the test.

If you are pregnant

If you’re due for a Pap test during your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about whether to have the test or wait until after childbirth. The National Cervical Screening Program recommends that Pap tests can generally be undertaken during pregnancy up until 24 weeks gestation.

If you are due for a Pap test during the late stages of your pregnancy, most post-natal health care providers will offer a Pap test as a part of post-natal follow-up care.  

If you have hearing difficulties

If you are deaf, or have a hearing impairment or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service.

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