Compass Trial

By Dr Cate Sheppard. Updated 13th October 2014

Northside Clinic is participating in the Compass Trial. This is a trial of HPV testing compared to conventional Pap smears.

Similar trials have been conducted overseas and have shown that HPV testing is superior for cervical cancer screening.

The trial has a number of objectives:

  1. Assessing the acceptability of HPV testing to women & their health practitioners.
  2. Working out the best laboratory processes for testing HPV samples.
  3. Confirming the high standard expected of the test used in the trial.

Your doctor may offer you the option of participating in Compass when your pap smear is due.

For more information about the trial go to