When fully implemented, the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) will offer free screening to all eligible New Zealanders aged 60-74. Visit the NBSP website for more information.
Bowel screening is now offered by 17 DHBs with Taranaki, Northland and Bay of Plenty still to join. The list of DHBs now offering screening is available at Time to Screen with the nationwide rollout expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
Once fully implemented, the programme will invite 700,000 New Zealanders to participate in bowel screening every two years. After full roll-out, initial detection rates are estimated at 500-700 cancers each year.
How does the programme work?
Bowel screening will be offered every two years to men and women aged 60-74 who are eligible for publicly funded healthcare.
When it is your turn to be screened, you will receive an invitation letter, a consent form, and a free bowel screening kit. Invitations are sent within two years of the programme starting in your area.