What is it?

A Cervical Screening Test or CST is a way of detecting for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common infection that my lead to cervical cancer,  so early detection can help with preventing cervical cancer.

This screening test is usually performed on a five yearly schedule however sometimes we need to ask a patient to come back sooner.

An unsatisfactory test requires attendance for a screen 12 weeks after the first test. The test is deemed unsatisfactory often because the sample did not work and could not be read at the laboratory; this can be because they did not have enough cells to test.

If your GP sends you a reminder to return for another test because the prior one was unsatisfactory, it is important for you to attend as you have not yet been tested for HPV.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Routine cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.

More information on Cervical Cancer Screening:

Helpful information about the Cervical Screening Program and test can be found here:


How to book:

It is very easy to book, please call your medical practice and ask to make an appointment for a CST. Panaceum Group do run CST Clinics but these are for CST’s only and further treatments are not available during these appointments.

You may also want to consider a “well women’s check” if it has been a couple of years since you had a breast check and general health check. This will be a slightly longer appointment and usually performed by your usual GP.


A CST appointment is considered a standard appointment and may incur some out of pocket cost. The cost for processing your CST at the laboratory is bulk billed for Medicare card holders as long as your test is under the eligible testing criteria.