Welcome to the NCPTS

The National Cervical Pathology Training Service provides training 
Image1for laboratory staff in New Zealand who work with the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP).

The aims are to develop diagnostic skills, to assist staff to keep up to date with new developments in each field of practice and to foster a broad understanding of cervical pathology. 

Image 6 The NCPTS Training Team of pathologists, scientists and an   administrator, plan and develop training programmes in cervical cytology, gynaecologic histopathology and HPV Testing. A National Training Committee provides oversight and advice.

Training is provided by Training Team members, invited national and international speakers, and a wide range of pathologists, clinicians, scientists and technicians.

Training occurs on-site in laboratories throughout New Zealand and through presentations at professional meetings. Programmes include multiheader-based workshops, the distribution of teaching slide sets and educational material, talks at professional meetings and literature updates. image3

There are specific programmes for groups such as BMLSc cytoscientist graduates in their first year of practice, and anatomical pathology registrars.  


The NCPTS is funded by the NCSP and managed by Southern Community Laboratories.


Dr Margaret Sage


Margaret Sage, Cytopathologist, NCPTS Training Team Coordinator

Unit 2a, 93 Main South Rd, Sockburn Christchurch 8042

Phone: 03 3416231

Fax: 03 3487249

Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information:

Dr Margaret Sage, Cytopathologist.

Margaret is a cytopathologist who is well known in New Zealand for her interest in gynaecological cytology. After qualifying as a pathologist, she completed a one-year training programme in cytology at the Victorian Cytology Service in Melbourne. Margaret has worked in both public and private laboratories in New Zealand. She has been closely involved with the development of cervical cytology services in New Zealand, particularly since the Gisborne Inquiry in 2000/01, and has been on a number of National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) committees and working groups. She initiated a series of national workshops for scientific/technical staff and pathologists in gynaecological cytology in the 1990's and chaired an NCSP Working Group that developed models for training in cytology in New Zealand. She was the cytopathologist on the Training Coordination Team of the NGCTS (2005-2010) and now the leads the Training Coordination Team of the NCPTS.

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