DHB quarterly reports

Coverage is an important performance indicator for all those involved in the NCSP at both regional and national levels.


An organised National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP ) was established in New Zealand in 1990, to reduce the number of women who develop and die from cervical cancer.  The Programme recommends regular cervical screening at three yearly intervals for women aged between 20 and 69 years who have ever been sexually active.  The Health Act 1956, as amended by Part 4A in 2004, underpins the NCSP's operations to ensure the co-ordination of a high quality screening programme for all women in New Zealand.

Ongoing systematic monitoring is a requirement of an organised screening programme.  Such monitoring allows the performance of the Programme to be evaluated and corrective action to be taken as required.  Monitoring is carried out through a set of indicators which cover all aspects of the screening pathway, including participation of women, their clinical outcomes, NCSP provider performance and the performance of the Programme overall.

Monthly coverage spreadsheets by DHB are also available, allowing you to carry out your own analyses.

DHB quarterly reports for the period ending 30 September 2014 were not produced. This is because the eligible population for screening was being updated following release of Census 2013 - based population projections and estimates.

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