Telstra puts Pap Changes On Hold

While the argument raged over public versus private services, Government, the biggest game in town, SOLD women’s public health data to a private company. Imagine the benefits of this. After all, none of us use government built cars or phones, right? Sadly, we will have to imagine those benefits as the changes to Cervical Cancer Screening have been delayed. Telstra Health have not been able to improve on 25 years of the National Cervical Screening Program. What to do?


  • Pap Smears and HPV testing are for screening people with no symptoms.  They are never urgent, a delay is OK. 
  • If you have symptoms – bleeding, pain, discharge, discomfort, bloating, stinging on passing urine – you need diagnostic testing based on a conversation with your doctor and a physical examination! See Your GP!

Read more about Your Health Data here:
A recent data mining study has suggested a link between heart attacks and popular (and widely prescribed) anti-reflux medication. It’s just an association, and my thoughts are here.


The giants of Google have made the following statement:

“Generally, health is just so heavily regulated. It’s just a painful business to be in. It’s just not necessarily how I want to spend my time. Even though we do have some health projects, and we’ll be doing that to a certain extent. But I think the regulatory burden in the U.S. is so high that think it would dissuade a lot of entrepreneurs.”

Your personal health data here at Partridge Street General Practice is private and confidential and will remain so.

The Patient Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR – recently rebranded as ‘myHealth Record‘) has its own privacy issues.

data mining

Too sensitive for private enterprise but too important to leave to government. What insights are hiding in clear sight?

What do you think?
Your GPs at Partridge Street General Practice are Here to Help – for Screening, Diagnosis, and everything in between!
Dr Emmy Bauer
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