2015 public consultation: HPV Primary Screening

In 2015, the Ministry undertook a public consultation in preparation for implementing HPV primary screening. The NCSP released a public consultation document in September 2015 on changing primary cervical cancer screening from liquid-based cytology testing to HPV primary screening.

The consultation summary (Word, 366 KB) provides a concise overview of the consultation process, including highlights from the submissions, areas requiring further work and proposed next steps.

Thirteen consultation meetings, hui and fono were held with members of the public, community-based organisations and health professional groups. Individuals and organisations were invited to make a submission in response to the proposed changes and the NCSP received 87 submissions.

Meetings notes (Word, 475 KB) are available from the 13 consultation meetings held around the country.

The raw submissions (Word, 1.6 MB) feature the complete text from the 87 submissions that were received. Personal information has been withheld when requested.

Guiding principles for the change to HPV primary screening are that the final approach should:

  • deliver a best-practice national cervical screening programme
  • make access to screening more equitable for women in all population groups
  • maintain and improve safety and quality of screening for enrolled women
  • maintain a skilled and competent workforce to deliver the national programme
  • consult with a wide range of stakeholders so that there is a smooth transition to the new primary screening pathway
  • maintain and improve the NCSP-Register’s capability to support the programme.

Decisions will not be made in isolation: it is vital to engage the public and the health sector so that any changes are successful. Potential changes are being carefully thought through and are based on the best available evidence.

To support this project, the NCSP has asked for input from a wide range of New Zealand and Australian experts in epidemiology, cancer modelling, colposcopy, pathology, cytology, microbiology and primary care, as well as from Māori and Pacific community members. This input will continue as we work towards implementing HPV primary screening.

Page last updated: 09 May 2021