Explore our history, back to 1964.
2018Restructure of organisation to VCS Foundation
VCS Population Health introduced
2017VCS Digital Health introduced
VCS ICT Platform canSCREEN upgraded for commercial market
Restructure of VCS workforce to support the renewed NCSP
12722025 smears reported from 1965 to the commencement of the renewed NCSP
Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program launched in December 2017
2016VCS Shortlisted in tender for the operation of the National Cancer Screening Register but ultimately unsuccessful
ICT platform canSCREEN developed to support the future growth of the Victorian Cervical Cancer Screening Register and National Human Papillomavirus Register
Compass Main Trial recruitment target of 36,300 unvaccinated women born on, or before June 30th 1980 reached in May.
Total workforce prior to Renewal = 181
201512,006,312 Pap smears reported over the life of the service
VCS Celebrates 50 years of service
Compass Main Trial tor recruit 121,000 women commences
VCS hosts PCC2015, the third such conference.
2014VCS appointed operators of the South Australian Screening Register added the service
2013Boys added to the HPV vaccination program. VCS takes on some functions of the Bowel Screen Program in Victoria. Planning commences for a renewed cervical screening program.
Compass Pilot Study commences
National Bowel Screen Cancer Registry Follow Program (PFUF) added to the service
2012VCS Pathology Established
VCS rebranding and logo refresh
2011VCS hosts PCC2011, the second such conference.
VCS releases first data showing a decrease in high grade abnormalities after introduction of the HPV vaccination program.
201020th anniversary of VCCR.
2009Preventing Cervical Cancer Conference (PCC) bringing togeher Australian and International experts
Renewal of National Cervical Screening Program announced.
2008VCCR co-locates with the National HPV Vaccination Program Register.
VCS contracted to establish and operate the National Human Papillomavirus Program Register
2007National HPV Vaccination Program implemented.
2006NHMRC Guidelines for the Management of Asymptomatic Women with Screen Detected Abnormalities.
2005Implementation of MediPath LIS for histopathology.
2004Planning started for determining a suitable site for VCS once RWH moves.
2003CIS now had a decision support tool offering the reporting scientist or pathologist the appropriate clinical recommendation.
2002Due to another Victorian laboratory losing its NATA accreditation, test volumes increased markedly for a period.
2001CIS project completed July 2000. Victorian BreastScreen Registry relocated to new premises on 26 July 2000.
2000On 17 August 1999, the core functions of the new CIS commenced.
Dr Marion Saville appointed Director
1999Mandatory for pathology laboratories to meet performance targets.
1998VCS was providing a public cytology service for the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
1997BreastScreen handled approximately 220,000 phone calls and made 158,000 appointments for women.
1996Performance measures for Australian laboratories reporting cervical cytology introduced.
1995VCCR and VBR required increased space.
1994First NHMRC Guidelines Screening to Prevent Cervical Cancer: Guidelines for the Management of Women with Screen Detected Abnormalities.
1993VCS commenced a contract to provide the Victorian BreastScreen Registry (VBR).
1992Cancer Council Victoria and Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry introduced the "Organised Approach to Preventing Cancer of the Cervix"
1991On 3 September 1991, VCS was incorporated.
National Cervical Screening Program established as joint initiative of Australian State and Territory Governments.
VCS moved from Prince Henry's to 265 Faraday Street Carlton
1990The Commonwealth agreed to pay $1.5 million, matched by the State Government, to improve the Service in a number of areas.
1989Bill passed. Amendment to Cancer Act 1958 Cancer (Central Registers) Act 1989. VCCR established under direction of Heather Mitchell - the first state-based Pap test Registry.
1988Review of cervical screening in Australia commissioned. Working Party on Central Registry at ACCV and proposal to establish Registry. Extensive community consultation.
Dr Gabriel Medley Appointed Director
1987Report of Anti Cancer Council of Victoria Working Party on Mass Screening for cervical cancer recommending formal statewide database.
1986A survey by the Anti-Cancer Council showed that 20% of Victorian women had never had a cervical smear.
1985May 1985 was a record month for smears, 29,442 were received.
1984There were the first reports of occupationally related illnesses at the Service.
1983Sir Lance Townsend, founding chairman died.
1982On the 28th May 1982, the Minister for Health, The Honourable T. W. Roper visited the Service and personally supervised the registration of the three millionth smear.
1981Despite a recommended two-yearly screening interval, Victorian women appeared to have set their own “mean interval” of 3.5 years.
1980Univac V77/600 mini-computer replaced virtually all existing clerical activities
1979In December 1979, VC(G)S celebrated 15 years.
Medical staffing continued to be a cause of concern since at no time since the inception of the Service had a stable medical staff structure been achieved.
1978There was a reorganisation of medical staff with four Pathologists employed within the Department of Anatomical Pathology.
1977RMIT established a degree course in applied science, which included Anatomical Pathology 1.
1976The introduction of Medicare bulk billing allowed other laboratories to provide an apparently “free” service.
1975The screened population coverage reached over 90% in some age groups.
1974Staff efficiency was calculated to have doubled since the inception of the Service.
1973The Clinical Cytology II subject commenced at RMIT.
1972The average smear cost for the year was $1.16.
1971137,717 smears were received, with 487 “positive” cases.
1970Punch cards were used for ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ records, which were transferred onto magnetic tape.
1969The Service moved into new premises on the third floor of the new clinical school at Prince Henry’s Hospital.
1968Staff were divided into Cytotechnologists, Senior Cytotechnicians and Cytotechnicians (screeners).
1967Screeners were mostly girls straight from matriculation.
1966Over the first 18 months, 70,878 smears were examined, which was approximately 7% of the adult female population in Victoria.
Total workforce at the commencement of the service = 19.5
1965Victorian Clinical Gynaecology Service established operating from Prince Henry's Hospital
1964Victorian Cytology (Gynaecological) Service was formed on 9th December 1964.
Dr Michael Drake appointed Director