As part of the Ministry of Health, the National Screening Unit provides health screening programmes across New Zealand.
The National Screening Unit is responsible for the safety, effectiveness and quality of the following screening programmes:
- BreastScreen Aotearoa - screens women for breast cancer
- National Cervical Screening Programme - screens women for abnormal changes to cells on the cervix
- Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme - screens newborn babies for certain metabolic disorders
- Antenatal HIV Screening Programme - screens pregnant women for HIV to reduce the chances of HIV being passed to the baby
- Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme - screens newborn babies for hearing loss
The National Screening Unit is also responsible for introducing the quality improvement measures for antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions.
Find out more on the National Screening Unit website.