Requesting data from the NSW Pap Test Register
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 several types of data requests that the NSW Pap Test Register processes. Each applies to a different type of data usage.
Requests for data may:
- involve a cost
- require approval from an ethics committee
- require approval from the Director-General of the Ministry of Health or his or her delegate
- require linkage services from the Centre for Health Record Linkage
Which form should you use?
1. Cervical Screening Data Requests
Persons requesting NSW Pap Test Register data for research and statistical reporting purposes can use the form below.
Please note, for linkage studies, NSW Pap Test Register data is now available in the Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL) Master Linkage Key. Please see the CHeReL website for more information:
2. 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.
3. Laboratories Requesting Follow-up Cervical History
This form can be used by laboratories to request the results of follow-up cervical tests for quality assurance purposes.
The data cannot be used for published research or made publicly available in any other way, including posting on websites.
4. 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.
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.