BowelScreen AotearoaTM is a pharmacy-based bowel cancer awareness, education and screening program for the New Zealand community using a clinically proven, sensitive and reliable immunochemical faecal occult blood test. 

BowelScreen AotearoaTM is a collaboration between Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa, Bowel Cancer Australia and Green Cross Health, with the support of Clinical Genomics (manufacturer and accredited pathology laboratory for the InSure® immunochemical test).

Annual bowel cancer screening is recommended for both men and women -

  • Aged 50 and over
  • With no symptoms
  • With no personal or family history of bowel cancer or polyps.

The aim of screening is to find any polyps or to find cancer early when it is easier to treat and cure.

People experiencing symptoms or who have a personal/family history of bowel cancer or polyps are advised to discuss appropriate screening for the disease with their doctor. 


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Bowel Screening Pilot

Please note: Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) has been selected to run the Ministry for Health's four year bowel screening pilot. 

People aged 50 to 74 years who live in the DHB area will be eligible to take part in the screening programme.

Eligible people will receive a faecal occult blood test (FOBT) in the mail and are encouraged to participate in the Programme Pilot.

For more information about the Ministry for Health's bowel screening pilot, please email 

People who are ineligible to participate in the bowel screening pilot can undergo annual screening through BowelScreen Aotearoa™ by visiting their local participating pharmacy.