Age range change for cervical screening

In 2019 the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) changed the recommended starting age for cervical screening from 20 to 25 years.

Visit the Te Whatu Ora website for current information about NCSP HPV Primary Screening:


The information below is provided only as archive reference material.

Here you will find all the information you need to know about the programme change and its impacts on participants and health providers.

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Information on our website about HPV primary screening is currently in the process of being updated. Please be aware that the below information may be outdated as we transition to the new HPV primary screening process. Our team is working hard to ensure up to date details are made available. 

Cervical Screening Campaign Communications Toolkit – Phase 2

This toolkit provides background on the new cervical screening media campaign plus key messages and tips to help communications staff and providers to start planning their local campaign promotion to support the campaign launch.

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Page last updated: 24 February 2020