NSU Screening Programmes
Antenatal HIV Screening
Antenatal HIV screening, along with the other five antenatal blood tests, is offered to all pregnant women as a routine part of their antenatal care. Most women in New Zealand will be found not to have HIV. Women who are found to have HIV can then be offered treatment to reduce the chance they will transmit the virus to the baby.
Antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions – quality improvements
We are working to improve the quality and safety of screening for Down syndrome and other conditions in New Zealand. It is your choice whether or not to have this screening.
New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme checks women for signs of early breast cancer. Regular mammograms are available for women aged between 45 and 69 to reduce their risk of dying of breast cancer.
National Cervical Screening Programme
The National Cervical Screening Programme is available to all women in New Zealand between 20 and 70 years old. The screening test checks for abnormal cell changes to the cervix, reducing the risk of women developing cervical cancer.
Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme
The Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme screens for rare but potentially serious disorders such as phenylketonuria (PKU), cystic fibrosis, and congenital hypothyroidism. A blood sample is taken from your baby’s heel at 48 hours of age (the ‘heel prick’ or ‘Guthrie’ test). If a disorder is found, early treatment can prevent permanent damage or death.
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme
Newborn hearing screening checks whether your baby hears well. If your baby has a hearing loss, finding it early is good for their language, learning and social development. All babies can now have access to newborn hearing screening free of charge.