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.
The following DHBs now offer free screening: Waitemata, Counties Manukau, Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, Southern, Nelson/Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, Whanganui, Mid Central, and Lakes. The remaining DHBs will progressively join the NBSP with full implementation expected by the end of the 2020/21 financial year.
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.