Publications

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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cervical Screening in New Zealand 2020

May, 2020
The updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cervical Screening in New Zealand 2020 outline the management of women with abnormal cervical screening results and incorporate key National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) policies related to cervical screening, and colposcopy assessment and treatment services. A separate document with the flowcharts is available as a useful reference.

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Guide to Managing Colonoscopy Wait Time Indicator Performance

November, 2019
This document supports endoscopy teams within district health boards (DHBs) to monitor and manage symptomatic and bowel screening colonoscopy-wait-time indicators (CWTIs) within clinically recommended timeframes. CWTIs provide a means of collecting information on how well DHBs are managing patient flow. To ensure all patients requiring diagnostic procedures are treated fairly and do not wait longer than maximum wait times, the Ministry has developed a dedicated framework for monitoring and managing symptomatic colonoscopy and bowel screening performance.

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Equity and Performance Matrix

August, 2019
In Aotearoa New Zealand, people have differences in health that are not only avoidable but unfair and unjust. Equity recognises different people with different levels of advantage require different approaches and resources to get equitable health outcomes. While equity is an essential part of a functioning health system, by itself it does not provide the full picture. Health systems must also be performing to the expected levels. The Equity and Performance Matrix intertwines both measures so that one cannot be considered without the other, essentially elevating equity to a tier one measure.

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Impact analysis: Extending BreastScreen Aotearoa to include women aged 70-74 years

May, 2019
This analysis provides a summary of the potential impacts of extending the age range for the national breast screening programme, BreastScreen Aotearoa, to include women up to age 74. The analysis uses modelling and what we know about breast cancer and breast screening to provide a high-level summary of the impacts of a potential age extension on women, screening and treatment providers and the wider health sector. One of its aims is to help shape changes to the existing programme to provide the most benefit for New Zealanders.

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Interval Cancers in the Bowel Screening Pilot – Preliminary Report FIT negative

March, 2019
The report provides a preliminary analysis of interval cancers from the Bowel Screening Pilot (BSP) and early estimates of sensitivity. Interval cancers are cancers that are diagnosed between a negative (normal) screen and the time the next screen would have occurred. Sensitivity is the proportion of cancers in the screened population that are identified through screening. This report is preliminary as it is restricted to the first four years of the BSP and solely refers to interval cancers and sensitivity relating to the faecal immunochemical test (FIT) part of the screening pathway. It is also preliminary as it does not include interval cancers diagnosed following a negative diagnostic test (colonoscopy or computed tomographic (CT)-colonoscopy) undertaken in response to a positive FIT. Neither does the report include the stage or sight of the interval cancers. The report has been produced to share the information gathered to date in the spirit of transparency and open communication. However, caution is advised in drawing any strong conclusions from analysis due in part to the restrictions noted above but more importantly because the number of cancers identified to date is small.

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Review of Cervical Cancer Occurrences in relation to Screening History in New Zealand for the years 2008-2012

May, 2018
This document represents the advice and recommendations made to the Ministry of Health regarding the National Cervical Screening Programme by the independent review team based at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

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Interval cancers in BreastScreen Aotearoa 2008-2009

February, 2018
This report presents analysis of interval cancers from the BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) programme. Interval cancers are those diagnosed between a normal screening result and the next scheduled screen (in BSA this interval is two years). The report covers 2008–2009 screens and makes comparisons to previously published BSA data and international results.

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