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.


Christl Kirstein


Cytoscientist (ThinPrep)

Anatomical Pathology Services
31-41 Carbine Rd
Mt Wellington Auckland 1060 New Zealand

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Christl qualified as a medical laboratory scientist in Capetown South Africa, and lectured at Cape Technikon (equivalent of AUT). She emigrated to New Zealand in 1997 and was employed by Diagnostic Medlab as a senior cytoscientist. Christl has lectured at AUT since 2007 as well as setting papers and marking assessments in Medical Cytology, Clinical Training Medical Cytology and Histological Techniques. She is the educational coordinator in the cytology department at DML.

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