In Brief


National Cervical Screening Program changes

Changes to the National Cervical Screening Program’s Clinical Guidelines pathway for women at intermediate risk have come into effect this month, following findings of a Cancer Council Australia Clinical Guidelines working party review. The review showed that women at intermediate risk have a low likelihood of histologically-confirmed high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (CIN2/3) or worse. The new recommendation is that women with a 12-month follow up HPV (not 16/18) result with liquid based cytology prediction negative, possible low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion or low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (intermediate risk result) should be recommended to undertake a further HPV follow-up test in 12 months’ time after their previous HPV test instead of referral to colposcopy.

Diabetes: ‘Back on Track’ campaign launched

A new campaign to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with type 2 diabetes to re-engage with their diabetes healthcare teams and diabetes management has been launched. The National Diabetes Services Scheme’s campaign, ‘Back on Track’, aims to encourage people to reconnect with their diabetes management after disruptions caused by COVID-19. Its key messages are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to check in with their health team, check blood sugar levels and take medications, check they are eating healthy food and being active daily, and check they are looking after each other and themselves.