Midland Cancer Network Structure
The Midland Cancer Network area includes Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Waikato district health board (DHB) districts with an open invitation to the Taranaki and Tairawhiti DHB districts. The map below shows the Midland Cancer Network area in green.
The Midland Cancer Network Executive Group oversees the network. Membership includes both planning and funding and service representatives from three district health boards; non-government organisations; clinical representation; Māori; Pacific peoples and consumers and carers.
The role of the Executive Group is to facilitate and coordinate the work of the stakeholders ensuring that the network programme aligns with the national intergrated cancer control programme priorities and policy, as well as expectations and needs of the Midland population. Members are responsible for supporting and advising the network, district health boards and communicating with their participating organisiations or representative groups about issues, activities and priorities.
Supporting the Executive Group is the:
- Midland Cancer Networks Consumer and Carer Work Group
- Hei Pa Harakeke (Midland Māori Advisory Work Group)
- Service and Tumour Stream Work Groups
To achieve our strategic directions, the network engages with Midland cancer organisations, Māori and Pacific people, patient and carer representatives. Together we work towards people with cancer having acccess to equitable, high quality, patient centred, evidence based and multidisciplinary care.
Māori participation in the network's activities builds on the Midland district health board governance structures. The general managers of Māori health are pivotal as they link directly with iwi governance bodies, Māori providers and Māori services within their respective district health boards. In recognition of this, one of these general managers in constituent district health board represents the interests if Māori on the Executive Group. Māori representatives are appointed to work groups.
Māori representation and consumer and carer participation is integral to all work programmes/initiatives.
The network's key resources for keeping stakeholders informed are the website and the quarterly newsletter which is both emailed and made available on this website. The network maintains a database of cancer service providers and stakeholders.
The Midland Cancer Network has identified two major work programmes, patient and service mapping and reducing inequalities as a way of working across the cancer continuum to achieve the goals of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy.
Consumer and carer participation is integral to all our work programmes.
The Midland Cancer Network sits within the Clinical Services Coordination arm of HealthShare (1 August 2011).