Overview

Since the inception of the Victorian Cervical Screening Registry (VCSR) in 1989 an annual Statistical Report has been published showcasing the impact of cervical screening in Victoria.  The report covers all key program areas including participation, cervical screening tests results and histology, cervical abnormality detection rates, correlation between cervical screening and histology, reminder and follow-up activity, cervical cancer incidence and mortality and screening history information of women diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Challenge

Providing timely, accurate and comprehensive data and reports to stakeholders is a vital function of any registry.  The challenge is to respond to changing information needs and emerging issues and provide year after year contemporary and program relevant data.

Solution

Providing data to our key stakeholders is central to our public health ethos.  Our experienced data and reporting team, which includes epidemiologists, statistician, geographer and health information managers, is dedicated to producing detailed statistical reports that are timely and relevant.  We have an excellent understanding of population-based screening programs and registers, and use this knowledge to work closely with stakeholders to deliver a Statistical Report that is not only presents timely and accurate program data but data to inform and improve program policy and program initiatives.  We pride ourselves on monitoring emerging issues and trends and responding to program change. We have been proactive in evolving the Statistical Report over time to included data on new and emerging areas such as data on closing the gap of participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse groups in screening and the inclusion of trend data on high grade abnormality detection rates by age to examine the impact of the HPV vaccine of screening.  Time series and trend analysis are used to look for trends in screening behaviour and screening outcomes which are used to inform targeted campaigns and program delivery initiatives. Highlights of the report including screening participation over time and an analysis of the screening histories of women diagnosed with cervical cancer.   VCS has a national and international reputation in providing timely, policy relevant reporting to program stakeholders and using this information to facilitate translation research.