Professional Development

RACGP Free Webinar: Speculum sabbatical – Supporting self-collection for cervical screening

RACGP Free Webinar: Speculum sabbatical – Supporting self-collection for cervical screening

GPs: gain the knowledge and skills to confidently guide your patients through self-collection for cervical screening.

Webinar Overview

Cervical screening can be uncomfortable for patients, leading to hesitancy and avoidance, but it is our most important tool as we work to eliminate cervical cancer.

By giving your speculum a sabbatical, you can offer a more patient-centered screening experience, eliminate discomfort, and improve screening rates.

This webinar will provide resources, expert insights, and practical tips, for you to support your patients through self-collection.


  • How to start the self-collection conversation
  • Understanding eligibility criteria
  • Self-collection through telehealth
  • Benefit of self-collection to specific patient cohorts
  • Risk identification and management.


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.

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Discuss the role of GPs in self-collection for cervical screening
  2. Identify ways to promote and implement safe and culturally appropriate screening services


This webinar is f*ree for RACGP members & non-members.


Please contact:

Email: RACGP Specific Interests
Call: 03 8699 0487

In partnership with

National Cervical Screening Program


21 Nov 2023


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm



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