Female—cervical screening indicator, prisoner health yes/no/unknown code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Cervical screening indicator
Synonymous names:Pap smear indicator
METeOR identifier:631726
Registration status:Health, Standard 28/04/2016

An indicator of whether a female person has had a cervical screening, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Female—cervical screening indicator

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
Supplementary values:

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

For use in Prisoner health data collections. If this value domain is used with other metadata then 'Unknown' would map to code 8.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes


Currently, the screening test for cervical cancer is the Pap test (the terms Pap test and Pap smear are often used interchangeably), which is carried out by a general practitioner, nurse, or gynaecologist. During a Pap test, cells are collected from the surface of the cervix, transferred onto a slide or into a special liquid, and sent to a pathology laboratory for assessment. Details of the woman, the Pap test results, and any follow-up that may be recommended are then stored on a cervical cytology register (AIHW 2009).

Early detection and treatment of cervical cancer leads to a reduction of morbidity and mortality due to the disease. It is recommended that women aged 18-69 years, who have ever had sex, have a cervical screening every two years (DoH 2013).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2009. Cervical screening in Australia 2006–2007. Cancer series no. 47. Cat. no. CAN 43. Canberra: AIHW.

DoH (Australian Government Department of Health) 2013. National Cervical Screening Program: The Pap Smear. Canberra: DoH. Viewed 4 November 2014, http://www.health.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/

Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Prison entrants NBEDS Health, Standard 28/04/2016

DSS specific attributes +