CPD Education & Events image header

Cytology Pap Smear Audit

Audit Features

This clinical audit will enable Doctors to conduct a systematic review of their clinical practice. Doctors will have the availability to assess their identification, detection, diagnostic accuracy, practical accuracy of smear collection and STI pick up rates in adjunctive testing, i.e., urine, swabs, BD SurePath™ and ThinPrep in regards to their female patient population.

All doctors statewide can assess their practice against their peers in a confidential setting via graphical and statistical information generated monthly. This information can then be used to further inform and improve clinical practice techniques, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of care for patients.

In addition, Tasmanian Medical Laboratories is offering assistance and feedback to GPs regarding their cytology both via statistical information and verbal communication with their Tasmanian Medical Laboratories Histo/Cytopathologists.

Tasmanian Medical Laboratories will continue to support the Cytology Pap Smear Audit until the National Cervical Screening Program's "The Renewal" takes effect.

Request Forms

Doctors will receive designated A4 Cytology Pap Smear Audit Request Forms upon confirmation of registration.  In order for specimens to count toward the audit totals, they must be submitted using the dedicated request forms and the clinical boxes must be ticked.

The audit will continue for the calendar year with a minimum requirement of 40 Pap smears completed. Data will be collected from all registered participants, and collated into a graphical report delivered monthly and at the finalisation of your audit.


Some features and data included are diagnostic findings and accuracy, procedural findings and causes of unsatisfactory accuracy, ancillary testing and detected STIs.

You will be sent a monthly report (for months during which you have submitted specimens) which will include tabulated and graphical data.


Eligible general practitioners may attain the following by participating in the Tasmanian Medical Laboratories Cytology Pap Smear Audit once 50 pap smears have been submitted and the audit criteria completed:

  • RACGP QI&CPD: 40 Category 1 points
  • ACRRM: 30 PRPD points.