The government has recently announced the end date for the Pap smear. From 1 December 2017, it will be replaced by a new test for the human papilloma virus (HPV).
An online campaign aimed at persuading Malcolm Turnbull to stop this change has gained traction, but while the campaign may be well-intentioned, it is also misinformed. There are many reasons, based on science as well as equity, why the new program should be supported.
Click the following link to read the full article by Dr Deborah Bateson, Medical Director at Family Planning NSW as published in the Sydney Morning Herald, February 28 2017.