Cervical cancer elimination

Program synopsis 

This research program focuses on achieving elimination of cervical cancer through vaccination, screening and treatment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

Australia is on track to meet the World Health Organization elimination call and become one of the first countries to achieve the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem. However, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be left behind unless we urgently implement community driven c evidence-based, equitable and effective system of vaccination, screening and treatment.  


Under this program are several research projects (see below) designed to work in concert in achieving elimination of cervical cancer by reducing incidence and lives lost from this almost entirely preventable cancer.  

Short Summary 
Yarning about HPV Vaccination 
Gaining a comprehensive understanding of the factors that influence the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents in the school-based human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program. 
Screen Your Way 
Co-designed community implementation trial and evaluation to support self-collection roll out and inform national policy and practice around self-collection of HPV testing as part of national cervical screening program. 
Screen Your Way: Aboriginal Health Workers Project 
Investigating how workforces perceive what their role would be in delivering self-collection, what roles they already play along the cervical screening pathway and what support or changes to current policy they need to facilitate the use of self-collection within their role. 
The INCLUDE Study 
Developing improved localised data on HPV vaccination and cervical screening coverage to help reduce cervical cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and people with a cervix. This project will link an existing linked data assets held by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), called the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) with other datasets 
The PREVENT study 
Trialling an innovative model of care to improve women’s participation in cervical screening and the assessment of cervical abnormalities in remote communities – through point-of-care testing, rapid test result delivery and same-day colposcopy (where indicated). 
Point of Care HPV Demonstration Project 
Implementing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) point of care testing to deliver quicker screening results and make for a more successful and acceptable screening program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly in rural and remote areas.  


Updated:  18 September 2023/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Executive Support Officer