Elimination of cervical cancer

Did you know that Australia is on track to become one of the first countries in the world to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem?

On this page you’ll find information about how this has been made possible.


In 2020, the World Health Organization launched a global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem.

This means the disease will become very rare (fewer than four in every 100,000 women and people with a cervix will develop it) and that almost all cases (those that can be) will have been prevented.

This is possible because we now have the knowledge and technology available, through the combination of HPV vaccination, cervical screening and early treatment. 

Australia has launched a National Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy, which outlines Australia’s commitment to achieving equitable elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem by 2035, and the objectives and actions needed to achieve this goal.


  • Australia is set to be one of the first places in the world to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem, potentially as early as 2035. 
  • The vast majority of cervical cancers can be prevented, and the number of people who die from cervical cancer has halved since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program in 1991.


HPV vaccination plays an essential role in achieving and maintaining cervical cancer elimination in Australia.

Since the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was introduced into Australia’s National Immunisation Program in 2007, a significant amount of cervical disease has been prevented.

Every Australian can do their part to help reach this incredible milestone. We can reach cervical cancer elimination by ensuring eligible people:

  • are vaccinated against HPV
  • participate in regular cervical screening
  • access early and appropriate medical treatment when required.

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