Proposed legislation changes for the National Cervical Screening Programme

Over the last year the National Cervical Screening Programme has been progressing changes to section 112J of Part 4A of the Health Act 1956.  The section being amended relates to disclosure of information from the Register. 

The proposed amendments - contained in the Health (National Cervical Screening Programme) Amendment Bill -  leave the original intent of section 112J intact, and the amendments do not affect the Health (Cervical Screening (Kaitiaki) Regulations) 1995) and the requirements around access to Māori women's data.

The key change is to more explicitly identify health providers able to have access to information from the Register.

For example, at the present time smear takers in primary care need to wait for clinical information to be faxed to them.  In particular, these amendments will allow for direct (look-up) access to the NCSP Register to smear takers, and for this access to be incorporated into the future re-design of the Register.

The people provided with direct access to the Register would remain subject to the Privacy Act 1993, the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, health professional regulatory constraints and relevant employment and contract law.  The National Cervical Screening Programme manager would retain administrative control over granting secure access to the Register and access to the Register would remain an auditable activity. 

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Page last updated: 09 February 2018