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Type: Webinar
18 Jul, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (AEST)


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Optimising cervical screening for people with disability – supporting equity in your practice

Webinar 18 Jul, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (AEST)

This interactive webinar will provide a disability-focused, case-based overview of the renewed National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) including the choice of universal self-collection. 

This session is presented by cervical screening experts Prof Deborah Bateson and Dr Lara Roeske, with key insights from Tricia Malowney, a disability advocate who has post-polio syndrome. It will explore cervical screening barriers and discuss strategies and techniques to support screening for patients with disability, including those with intellectual or cognitive disability.

You’ll be equipped with a range of tools and resources that can be built into practice to engage with this community and improve their participation in the NCSP.

This webinar is delivered in partnership with The Daffodil Centre and Centre for Disability Studies. 

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss Australia’s National Strategy for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer and implications for people with disability
  2. Identify the barriers and facilitators to cervical screening in people with disability
  3. Promote strategies to facilitate cervical screening, including self-collection, in people with disability
Educational Activities


Prof Deborah Bateson
Professor of Practice at The Daffodil Centre

Deborah Bateson is Professor of Practice at The Daffodil Centre, a joint venture between The University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW, and formerly Medical Director at Family Planning NSW. Deborah has worked as a clinician, researcher, educator, and advocate in sexual and reproductive health for over 20 years with a focus on equitable access to cervical screening services and reproductive healthcare. Deborah is leading an NHMRC study to increase cervical screening participation of people with intellectual disability, and is Chair of the National Cervical Screening Program Self-Collection Implementation Committee, Deputy Chair of the Quality and Safety Monitoring Committee and member of the Cervical Screening Guidelines Working Party.

Dr Lara Roeske
GP, Chair RACGP Specific Interests

Dr Lara Roeske is a current member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Sexually Transmissible infections and Blood Borne Viruses (MACBBVSTI). She is a GP and practice owner, Chair RACGP Specific Interests and RACGP Board Director and has held many senior positions at the RACGP, including Deputy Chair Victoria Council, inaugural Chair of RACGP Specific Interests Sexual Health Medicine group, and past Chair of the Women in General Practice RACGP Victoria committee. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Dr Roeske has worked in advisory roles to key stakeholders, on steering committees, guideline working parties, representing the RACGP across a range of domains relevant to sexual and reproductive health, cervical cancer prevention and translation of evidence into practice at state and national levels.

Tricia Malowney OAM
Disability Advocate

Ms Tricia Malowney OAM is a person with disability and human rights advocate based in Victoria. She is passionate about removing intersectional disadvantage for people with disabilities. Tricia founded, and is now Chair of, the Royal Women's Hospital Disability Reference Group whose primary focus is to advocate, facilitate and promote best practice in healthcare for women with disabilities.

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