BreastScreen Aotearoa

Freephone 0800 270 200
BreastScreen Aotearoa was established nationally in December 1998 to provide free mammograms and follow-up for asymptomatic women.

For consumer information

If you're looking for information about having a mammogram, visit Time to Screen or phone 0800 270 200.

If you need support to screen, you can find information here: Screening Support Services.

Along with the National Cervical Screening Programme, BreastScreen Aotearoa was administered by the Health Funding Authority (HFA) until the merging of the HFA and the Ministry of Health in December 2000.

Age range extension

In July 2004, the eligible age range for free breast screening was extended from 50–64 to 45–69, effectively doubling the number of women able to take part in the programme.

Aim of the programme

The aim of BSA is to reduce women’s morbidity and mortality from breast cancer by identifying cancers at an early stage, allowing treatment to be commenced sooner than might otherwise have been possible. The current coverage target is for two-yearly screening of 70 percent of eligible women. The programme is delivered throughout the country by lead providers, their sub-contracted providers, and mobile units that deliver services to rural and some urban communities. Working alongside the lead providers are nine independent service providers in defined geographical areas providing health promotion for Māori and Pacific women.

In this section

Page last updated: 28 August 2018