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Title to be provided at a later date

A 2020/2021 Summer Studentship research project

Student: Grace Sullivan
Supervisors: Associate Professor Peter Sykes, Dr Helene McNabb
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation


Cervical cancer can be prevented by the treatment of cervical precancers. After treatment follow up is required to ensure the treatment has been successful. Ministry guidelines have recently changed from follow up in the colposcopy clinic to follow up in the community by the womans smeartaker. This may alter compliance with follow up recommendations we wish to determine compliance with this new practice.


Lack of appropriate follow up after treatment is one reason that cervical cancers occur. This study will describe patterns of compliance with a new follow up recommendation and enable adjustment of policy at a local level. The information will also be of interest to the National cervical screening program and providers outside our DHB.


A retrospective review of compliance of community follow up for women referred to smeartaker for follow up testing after treatment at christchurch womens hospital

Student researcher’s component of the study

  • Completion of ethics if incomplete
  • Formation of spreadsheet
  • Data collectionD
  • Data analysis

Student prerequisites

Medical student

How to apply