A cervical smear test is a screening test to find abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix. Having regular smear tests can reduce a woman’s risk of developing cervical cancer by 90%.
To help prevent cervical cancer, all women aged between 20 and 69 years who have ever been sexually active should have regular three-yearly smear tests.
Cervical Screening in the Hutt Valley
We aim to increase the rates of Cervical Screening for women in the Hutt Valley and to increase the nursing workforce able to provide Cervical Screening.
The Te Awakairangi Health Network supports practices to provide free smear tests for women who are either Māori, Pacific or Quintile 5, or have exceptional circumstance.
To find out if you might be eligible or a FREE smear test contact your GP or health provider.
Training for health care providers
Funding for smear taker training is available for nurses working in certain practices.
For more information on free smear tests or for nurses wishing to undertake cervical smear training or refresher courses please contact the Clinical Programmes Facilitator, 04 566 5320.
For more information on cervical screening visit the Ministry of Health Cervical Screening website (www.timetoscreen.nz).