Midland Inequalities Initiatives
Kia Ora E Te Iwi programme
The Cancer Society of New Zealand has been working collaboratively with Cancer Networks, iwi, and Māori Health Providers to initiate an education and kaupapa Maori cancer programme that will be delivered to Māori by Māori within their communities. The aim is to assist those with cancer and their whānau learn more about the disease, increase knowledge of oncology treatment services, and help build coping strategies. To date six Māori health providers and twelve kaimahi Māori throughout Midland have registered their interest in participating. It is expected that this programme will be delivered throughout various Midland health providers, venues, and forums in 2012.
Provision of Regional Coordination Services for the recruitment and retention of BreastScreen Midland priority group women
The Ministry of Health have recently changed the contractual requirements of BreastScreen Midland. Taking the current situation into account, Midland Cancer Network has offered to assist with the engagement of regional stakeholders in developing both a regional coordination group and a biennial regional coordination plan. It is envisaged both the regional plan and coordination group will assist in developing strategies to prevent significant variations in coverage and access to BreastScreen Midland between priority population groups and the rest of the eligible population.
Midland Cancer Education and awareness forums
These forums will be taking place throughout various venues in the Midland region for kaimahi Māori that are supporting whānau experiencing cancer. These forums are envisaged to assist health professionals, Māori community health workers, and care givers.