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Activity description

142628 - The Compass General Practice Research Activity

VCS Foundation LTD

The COMPASS trial is a world first clinical trial comparing 5-yearly primary HPV screening to 2.5-yearly image-read cytology screening in women aged 25-69yo. Participation in this research module requires practices to recruit in the second phase of the COMPASS trial. GPs will be recruiting women in the age group 25-38yo. This cohort of women is largely HPV vaccinated.
There will be a one hour interactive educational component (practice visit, face to face event or webinar) focusing on more complex cases within the NCSP (National Cervical Screening Program) and COMPASS trial. This would include screening
• by self-collection
• in symptomatic women
• in the immunosuppressed
Also we will be addressing how the COMPASS trial will inform future cervical cancer screening
The GPs will then be asked to recruit a minimum of 10 eligible patients. They will be supported by appropriate recruitment resources and VCS liaison physicians

Relevance to General Practice

The COMPASS trial, which VCS and Cancer Council NSW is conducting, is an ethically approved randomised controlled trial currently taking place in general practice and community health settings. While a number of large scale randomised controlled trials of primary HPV testing have found that HPV screening is more sensitive in detecting precancerous lesions than cytology based screening and that it can safely be conducted at a longer interval, to date there have been no specific trials that support primary HPV DNA testing for cervical screening in the Australian context. As the COMPASS trial aims to confirm that HPV testing is at least as good as cytology as a primary screening tool in this highly vaccinated population, it is a world first to inform about screening in this cohort of women

Learning outcomes

  1. Interpret new screening results and recommend appropriate follow-up
  2. Apply the new guidelines to more complex cervical screening eg symptomatic patients, post hysterectomy, self-collection and follow-up appropriately
  3. Implement safe and appropriate practice systems around recall, reminders and follow-up of women recruited into the trial

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Appropriate procedures are undertaken after receiving informed consent

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are effectively shared with others

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Quality and safety is enhanced through the effective use of information systems

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Women's health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • General practice research

Partnering organisations

Cancer Council NSW

Activity sponsor

Specific requirements
Women's Health
QI activity

Session summary


Thursday 16 Aug 2018 12:00am - Saturday 30 Nov 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time


VCS foundation






All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Alexis Butler
T: 03 9250 0303