4 Sep 2009

Not enough Maori women having regular cervical smears

5:43 am on 4 September 2009

A shortage of Maori nurses in Counties-Manukau is being blamed for disappointing numbers of Maori women getting regular cervical smears.

Ruth Davy from WONS nursing education and health promotion services, says new cultural training for nurses has resulted in more Pacific women getting smears, but it's not proving as effective for Maori women.

She told Waatea News that more training is needed across the primary health sector.

Twenty years ago the Maori Women's Welfare League called for cervical screening to be part of a wider well-woman focus, but Ms Davy says screening is still treated as an isolated procedure.