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Breast Screening Programme | Southern | Te Whatu Ora

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Formerly Southern DHB Breast Screening Programme

The BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) programme offers free, two yearly screening mammograms to eligible women aged 45-69 years.

The Breast Screening Programme:

  • provides comprehensive information about the purpose of breast screening
  • encourages informed participation in BreastScreen Aotearoa

For further information please call 0800 270 200, visit www.nsu.govt.nz or go to the National Cancer Control Strategy website

Referral Expectations

Women who wish to enrol on the programme, can enrol themselves by calling BreastScreen Aotearoa on freephone 0800 270 200.

Your GP may also enrol you, although you do not need a referral from your GP to enrol on the programme.

Who can have a free screening mammogram?

A woman can have a free screening mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Aotearoa if she:

  • is between 45 and 69 years old
  • has no symptoms of breast cancer
  • has not had a mammogram in the last 12 months
  • is not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • is eligible for public health services in New Zealand, i.e. is a New Zealand citizen or has a New Zealand visa that is valid for at least two years.

If a woman has a current breast symptom that has not been checked by a doctor, she is not eligible to enrol with BreastScreen Aotearoa.  

Women of any age who feel or notice anything unusual about their breasts, at any time, should see their doctor. 

Most lumps and symptoms will not be cancer.  


Dunedin Hospital

The service is normally open 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday it also provides  some evening and Saturday clinic appointments which will vary from week to week 

Southland Hospital, Invercargill

The clinic hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday . There are also some evening and Saturday apppointments . 

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 3:45PM on February 8, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by Breast Screening Programme | Southern | Te Whatu Ora.