The National Screening Unit (NSU) provides health screening programmes in New Zealand.

About the NSU and screening programmes

The NSU is responsible for the safety, effectiveness and quality of organised screening programmes. It is responsible for national coordination of the following screening programmes.

The NSU is also responsible for introducing the quality improvement measures for antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions.

The NSU monitors the quality of screening programmes, and works with expert groups to make sure each screening programme is based on the latest evidence and meets high standards. The NSU also advises the Government on other potential programmes.

Core functions of the National Screening Unit

  • National coordination, leadership, and advice to government regarding screening
  • Ensuring obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi are met
  • Research and development including evaluation of new evidence related to screening and evidence-based appraisal of technological advances in screening
  • Developing frameworks, policies and standards
  • Monitoring performance and evaluating screening services
  • Coordinating, leading and developing a screening workforce
  • Administering legislation related to screening programmes
  • Identifying under-screened groups and developing effective strategies to improve their participation

In this section

  • The free National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) is for people aged 60 to 74. Read more
  • Since late 2011, the Bowel Screening Pilot has been offering bowel screening to eligible people aged 50 to 74 years living in the Waitemata DHB area. The Waitemata Pilot will transition to the National Bowel Screening Programme in January 2018. Read more
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