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    Why are 40% of Australian women still not having regular Pap Smear tests?

    We have just read some interesting research that says that the rates of cervical cancer are lower than ever which is great but that 40% of Australian women are still not having regular pap smear tests. Why do you think this is? what is the main barrier do you think to women going regularly and therefore potentially saving their life?
    • Rochelle @team healthshare
    • Women's Health Queensland Wide
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  • Rochelle @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    I would bet that it is a time thing. I think women are so time poor. With womens lib we have created more equality in terms of allowing us to work, have jobs/careers, yet we still have to look after the family and run a household ON TOP of our careers. Hence time is a problem, I know that looking after myself and doing anything for me comes last. Interested to hear what others think.

  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Cost is  unfortunately a consideration for many women when it comes to decisions re their health. Many women put off having a Pap smear for this reason.

    In rural Queensland women can have a Pap smear (free) with The Mobile Womens Health Nurses.

    More GP clinics are employing experienced Womens Health Nurses who have have been trained and are accredited Pap Smear Nurse Providers. this can be a less expensive option that seeing the Dr.

    If you live in QLD and are having difficulty locating a free service you can contact our Womens Health Information Line where one of our nurses will help you locate a Bulk Billing Dr. or a clinic that has a Nurse Pap Smear Provider. We can also give rural women information re the Mobile Womens Health Service in their area Tel.  07 3839 9988 or Toll free (outside Brisbane) 1800 017 676

    Kind regards,


    Women’s Health Educator

    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide

    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).

    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer


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