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Discussion Paper Northern Territory Women's Strategy March 1992



Discussion Paper Northern Territory Women's Strategy March 1992

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Tabled Paper 764


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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"Cervical Cancer Screening in Australia : options for change". The National policy provides guidelines on which women need screening and how often pap smears should be taken: . Routine screening with pap smears every 2 years for women who have no symptoms or history suggestive of cervical pathology. . All women who have been sexually active to have pap smears. To be effective in preventing cervical cancer such a program must contain: . improved strategies to ensure all women have regular Pap smears (especially elderly, ethnic and Aboriginal women); . comprehensive reminder systems for women who are due for pap smears; and . quality assurance measures at all stages in screening for the prevention of cervical cancer and management of women with abnormal smears. The Northern Territory has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in Australia. A Working Group has been established in Darwin by the Department of Health and Community Services to develop a plan and strategy for implementing the National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program. A similar group is to be established in Alice Springs to work in conjunction with the Darwin group. There will be wide consultations with community groups on the formulation of this plan. 4 . 3 . 7 A b o r ig i n a l W o m e n ' s H e a l t h a n d W e l l b e i n g The strategy consultations revealed that Aboriginal women on the communities are very conscious of the need to monitor their health and in particular their reproductive health. They are aware of the high incidence in Aboriginal women of deaths from cervical cancer. Some were extremely shy about this subject and had difficulty taking the discussions any further. Others were happy to talk about it. While 36

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