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Notice given 16 March 2006

1623  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware that an alternative exists for the conventional Pap smear, that is the Thin Prep Pap Test.

(2) What information is the Minister aware of on the comparative effectiveness of the two methods for detecting cervical abnormalities.

(3) What information is the Minister aware of on the clinical benefits of the Thin Prep Pap Test, such as increased disease detection, reduction of equivocal diagnoses and the ability to perform additional tests on the same vial, for example HPV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.

(4) Does the Minister have any data on levels of community awareness of this alternative to the conventional Pap smear. 

(5) What is the average financial out of pocket cost for a conventional Pap smear in comparison to the Thin Prep Pap Test.

(6) What funding is the Government providing to assist women with access to this alternative Pap test.