Cervical screening safety monitoring data
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Quality Statement|
|Quality statement summary:|
Summary of Key Issues
All states and territories have legislation that requires pathology laboratories to send a copy of all cervical test results (unless the patient to whom the test belongs objects to its inclusion in the register) to the relevant state or territory population-based cervical cytology register.
|Institutional environment:||The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. It is an independent statutory authority established in 1987, governed by a management Board, and accountable to the Australian Parliament through the Health and Ageing portfolio.|
The AIHW aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. It collects and reports information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.
The Institute also plays a role in developing and maintaining national metadata standards. This work contributes to improving the quality and consistency of national health and welfare statistics. The Institute works closely with governments and non-government organisations to achieve greater adherence to these standards in administrative data collections to promote national consistency and comparability of data and reporting.
One of the main functions of the AIHW is to work with the states and territories to improve the quality of administrative data and, where possible, to compile national datasets based on data from each jurisdiction, to analyse these datasets and disseminate information and statistics.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987, in conjunction with compliance to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), ensures that the data collections managed by the AIHW are kept securely and under the strictest conditions with respect to privacy and confidentiality.
For further information see the AIHW website www.aihw.gov.au.
The AIHW has been receiving cervical screening data since 1989.
Cervical cytology data are available within about 6 months (there can be a lag of up to 6 months in the transmission of test results from pathology laboratories to cervical cytology registers), and data for the previous calendar year are supplied in July.
Cervical screening safety monitoring data appear for the first time in Report on the activity of the National Cervical Screening Program, and are thereafter published annually in the report Cervical screening in Australia, as of the 2011–2012 report, available on the AIHW website http://www.aihw.gov.au/cervical-cancer-screening/where they can be downloaded without charge.
While many concepts are easy to interpret, other concepts and statistical calculations are more complex and may be confusing to some users. All concepts are explained within the body of the report presenting these data, along with footnotes to provide further details.
Cervical screening safety monitoring data are highly relevant for monitoring the safety of the NHMRC Guidelines. The data are used for many purposes by policy-makers and researchers, but are supplied and analysed specifically to monitor and inform the SMC in this forum.
All data provided by state and territory cervical screening programs, once analysed, are verified to ensure accuracy.
Some duplication may occur where the same test data are reported to the cervical cytology register in two or more jurisdictions. AIHW is unable to identify or resolve these instances, and the level of duplication is unknown, but believed to be small.
Cervical screening safety monitoring data are reported and published annually by the AIHW from 2014.
|Implementation start date:||10/09/2013|
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