The National Cancer Screening Register (the Register) is a national electronic infrastructure for the collection, storage and reporting of data for the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP). From November 2019, the Register will begin supporting the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), creating one record per participant for the two programs. From 2020, the Register will also feature integration with practice management software and online participant and healthcare provider portals.

Where we are now

On 1 December 2017, the Register was launched to support the renewal of the NCSP, moving the program from the old two-yearly Pap-test to the current five-yearly cervical HPV screening program pathway. In mid-2018, records from the eight state and territory cervical registers were consolidated into the national register, creating a national record for each program participant.

At the moment, the Register supports the NCSP by:

  • Reminding program participants when they are due for cervical screening
  • Providing program participants’ cervical screening histories to healthcare providers to assist in patient clinical management
  • Supporting laboratories to send test results electronically to the Register and to access patient screening histories in real time
  • Providing a safety net back-up for cervical program participants who are due for further testing, by prompting them and their healthcare providers to initiate follow-up testing.

Where we're headed

In 2019-2020, we will be releasing the next phase of the Register, which will include:

  • November 2019 – extending the Register to support the NBCSP
  • March 2020 – improving the user experience for healthcare providers through access to an integrated portal and clinical software integration
  • March 2020 – improving the user experience for participants through integration with whole-of-government services (the Participant Portal).

This transition will deliver the following benefits:

  • Integrating with Medicare and DHS data, which will lead to efficiencies in participant selection and improved participation rates
  • Providing digital access that will modernise the Register and move it away from paper-based interactions
  • Providing clinical software integration and portals will enable healthcare providers to be informed in near real time, and actively manage patient participation in the programs.

This will help to lift the Register to a platform that allows for integration with healthcare provider systems and a contemporary user experience.

We want to ensure that the Healthcare Provider Portal is designed with the user in mind. We’re currently planning a range of activities where we will seek user input and feedback by working with healthcare providers and their membership organisations.

We’ll continue to provide you with updates on progress. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the Register, please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Centre on 1800 627 702.