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He Tapu Te Whare Tangata (the sacred house of humankind): Research to inform cervical cancer prevention in Aotearoa

May 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Anna Adcock, Kendall Stevenson, Jane MacDonald

Tuesday 14 May, 12.30 – 1.30 pm

GBLT2, Lecture Theatre 2, Old Govt Building, Pipitea Campus


Māori women face inequitable and unacceptably high rates of cervical cancer morbidity and mortality. To eliminate disparities, screening must be acceptable and feasible for Māori. HPV testing is new life-saving technology. It is more effective both in detecting pre-cancer changes on the cervix, and in preventing cervical cancer than cytology.  It will in the future replace traditional cervical screening programmes worldwide. As well as being a more effective screening test, women are able to screen themselves using a vaginal swab, rather than undergo a pelvic examination with speculum. He Tapu Te Whare Tangata is a Kaupapa Māori (by, with, for Māori) body of work with an ultimate goal of decreasing morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer for Māori women by exploring HPV self-test options. It includes an acceptability study, a randomised controlled community trial, and a qualitative exploration of women’s experiences of the HPV self-test pathway. In this session we will discuss results and key learnings to date, as well as reflect on the impact of delays to proposed National Cervical Screening Programme changes.

Anna Adcock (Ngāti Mutunga), MA, is a research fellow and doctoral candidate. She specialises in Kaupapa Māori and community-based research.

Dr Kendall Stevenson (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Kurī, Ngāpuhi), PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow. She has a passionate commitment to addressing health inequalities through Kaupapa Māori research.

Dr E Jane MacDonald, MBChB DTM&H, is a senior research fellow, and a sexual health physician with a background in obstetrics and gynaecology. Her interest is in the provision of safe and equitable maternity, sexual, and reproductive health care. She has training in forensic sexual assault examination and care, is a Fellow of the Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine (Royal Australasian College of Physicians), and continues to teach medical students and postgraduate clinicians in sexual and reproductive health medicine.

The presenting authors work in Te Tātai Hauora o Hine, the Centre for Women’s Health Research, Victoria University of Wellington.

For further information and Webcast link details please contact the HSRC administrator at HSRC@vuw.ac.nz.



May 14
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
04 463 6565


GBLT2, Lecture Theatre 2, Old Govt Building, Pipitea Campus
Old Govt Building, Pipitea Campus
Wellington, New Zealand
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