While the cervical screening rate in Gippsland (51.4%) is lower compared to Australia (55.7%), the proportion of the population screened in general practice in Gippsland was the equal highest for Primary Health Network regions nationally.
Latrobe recorded the highest rate of cervical screening in general practice in Gippsland.
The data is highlighted in the Medicare-subsidised GP, allied health and specialist health care across local areas: 2021–22 report that Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, said clearly demonstrated the important role general practices played in improving cervical screening.
“The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on a wide range of health outcomes, so it is pleasing to see that cervical screening under the Practice Incentive Program (PIP) is comparatively high in general practices in the region,” she said.
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