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Issue date:
10 May 2023
Corporate Author:
Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora
Document date:
1 November 2022
Women's health

The Quality Improvement Review of the national breast screening programme, BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) was commissioned by the Chief Executive of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand in May 2022.


BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) is New Zealand’s publicly funded, national breast screening programme offering asymptomatic women aged 45 to 69 years a free mammogram (x-ray of the breasts) every two years.


The review was conducted by a panel that was independent of the National Screening Unit. It assesses whether the arrangements for clinical safety and quality for the BSA programme are fit for achieving the objectives of the programme. This includes determining whether the arrangements have been put into operation equitably and effectively and providing recommendations for change or improvement.


Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora are developing an Action Plan in response to the recommendations. A Pae Whakatere, chaired by Dr Nina Scott, will oversee the finalisation and delivery of the Action Plan.

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Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand has today released a Quality Improvement Review of Breast Screening Aotearoa, which sets out the pathway to improve breast screening services for women across New Zealand.