Published by Auckland and Waitematā DHBs on 20/12/2021 2:15:10 PM.
Claims for providing free cervical screening in Auckland and Waitematā DHBs will be managed by Primary Options for Acute Care (POAC) beginning 1 January 2022. Link here.
Women continue to be eligible for free cervical screening if they are: 25 to 69 years of age; and of Māori and/or Pacific ethnicity; and due for a cervical screen; and domiciled in Auckland DHB or Waitematā DHB areas; and eligible for publicly funded health services.
Cervical screening under the COVID-19 Protection Framework
Cervical screening is an essential preventative service and is considered safe to be offered under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (the traffic light system). National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) guidance to assist with operating under the traffic light system can be found here.
Health care providers should continue to follow the current Cervical Screening Guidelines and encourage women to participate in cervical screening. Changes to the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP), including a move to HPV primary screening, will begin in July 2023.
For further information, please contact Lea Narciso, Programme Manager, Women’s Health, Auckland and Waitematā DHBs, at Lea.Narciso@waitematadhb.govt.nz.