My Role in Cervical Screening

This section contains role-specific information.

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The information below is provided only as archive reference material.

Cervical screening is a team activity and success depends on leadership and team work from all participants.

The National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) aims to reduce the incidence of, and morbidity and mortality from squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix by detecting pre-cancerous cervical changes, thus enabling appropriate and effective treatment.

The rates of disease and deaths from cervical cancer in New Zealand women have significantly reduced since the programme began in 1990. The NCSP workforce plays a key role in this reduction.

The NCSP workforce includes:

Clinical – Cervical sample-taker

Clinical – Non cervical sample-taker


Screening Support Services


Colposcopy nurses

Laboratory staff - medical laboratory technicians, medical laboratory scientists and pathologists.

Register Central team

Regional Co-ordinator teams

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Page last updated: 03 December 2014