My Role in Cervical Screening
Visit the Te Whatu Ora website for current information about NCSP HPV Primary Screening:
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:
Laboratory staff - medical laboratory technicians, medical laboratory scientists and pathologists.
In this section
This section specifically focuses on Clinical – Cervical sample-takers (previously referred to as accredited screen-takers/smear-takers). This includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners and enrolled nurses who have completed NZQA training in cervical screening as well as doctors and midwives.
This section is applicable to Clinical – Non cervical sample-takers who work in the health sector that participants may encounter while navigating different pathways. This includes individuals such as registered nurses and enrolled nurses who have not undergone NZQA screen-taking accreditation, Kaiāwhina, healthcare assistants, and Family Planning co-ordinators.
This section is applicable to individuals working as an administrator that involves direct face-to-face interaction with participants. They serve as the primary point of contact for inquiries and general information. This includes roles such as medical receptionists; general practice administrators; Screening Support Service administrators.
Screening Support Services are available for eligible wāhine/whānau who are referred to, or who independently access services from, the support to screening provider. This support can assist wāhine/whānau who experience barriers to accessing breast and cervical screening, assessment and treatment services.
This page presents information about colposcopy.
This page presents information specific to two audience groups: laboratory staff and health professionals seeking resources about laboratory.
This section specifically focuses on the role of the Register Central Team within the support model for the HPV primary screening changes.
This page presents information specific to two audience groups: Regional Co-ordinator teams and health professionals seeking resources about Regional Co-ordinator teams.