What if I have specific needs?

It is important that all women aged 25–74 who have ever been sexually active have a Cervical Screening Test every five years. Regular screening is the best way to prevent cervical cancer.

If you have specific needs, such as a disability or hearing impairment, we can help you find a clinic for your cervical screening that suits your requirements, to ensure your screening experience is as comfortable as possible.

Use the links below to access more information on cervical screening with specific needs


I have a disability

If you have a disability, are aged between 25 and 74, and have ever been sexually active, you need to have a Cervical Screening Test (the Pap test replacement*) every five years.

Family Planning NSW

Family Planning NSW have clinics in Ashfield, Dubbo, Fairfield, Newcastle and Penrith. All clinics are accessible and inclusive for women with physical disabilities.


I need translation services

If you need some help with understanding information about cervical screening and have difficulty communicating in English, you can call the Translating and Interpreting Services on 13 14 50.

Interpreters help you with making an appointment for your Cervical Screening Test, and you can arrange to have an interpreter with you at your cervical screening appointment

A support person, such as a friend or family member, can also help you book your cervical screening appointment and/or come with you to your test.


I am pregnant

Cervical screening is safe for pregnant women, so if you are pregnant, you can still have your Cervical Screening Test when it is due. Talk to your doctor about the best time to have your Cervical Screening Test. 


I have hearing difficulties 

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

  • TTY users phone the 24-hour relay number on 133 677 then ask for the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701.

  • Speak and Listen users phone the 24-hour relay number on 1300 555 727 then ask for the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701.
  • Internet relay users connect to the National Relay Service then ask for the National Cancer Screening Register on 1800 627 701.

* In December 2017, the Cervical Screening Test replaced the Pap test as the method of screening women to prevent cervical cancer in Australia.