NCSP Workforce

This section contains Role-specific information
Information on our website about the HPV screening programme is currently in the process of being updated. Please be aware that the below information may be outdated as we transition to new HPV primary screening process. Our team is working hard to ensure the most accurate and up to date details are made available. We anticipate having this new information live by the end of June.

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:

Smear takers

Colposcopy nurses


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

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Page last updated: 03 December 2014