- Screening Matters Newsletter
The National Screening Unit newsletter
In this issue:
- Training for DHB staff on new newborn hearing screening equipment and protocols
- E-colposcopy now live in seven DHBs
- The importance of timely newborn metabolic screening
- Maternal weight’s role in risk calculation for Down syndrome and other conditions
- Two new NCSP appointments
- Changes underway for antenatal HIV screening
- Gathering good quality ethnicity data
- New senior portfolio manager for BreastScreen Aotearoa
Gathering good quality ethnicity data
The National Screening Unit (NSU) relies on high-quality ethnicity information collected at the time a baby is registered on the National Health Index (NHI).
It is important to use the standard ethnicity question and not to assume a baby’s ethnicity.
The Ministry of Health’s Ethnicity Data Protocols for the Health and Disability Sector outline the standards for collecting, recording and outputting ethnicity data.
In 2013, the Ministry published the Primary Care Ethnicity Data Audit Toolkit, a useful tool for those in primary care, particularly cervical screening, to assess the quality of ethnicity data and the systems that support it.
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