National Breast Cancer Working Group


The National Breast Cancer working Group has been established to develop national breast cancer service standards and patient pathway by 30 June 2013.




Specialty / expertise

DHB / Organisation / Location


Ian Campbell

Breast and general surgeon

Waikato DHB


Anne Allan-Moetaua

Pacific  perspective


Grant Broadhurst

Breast, endocrine and general surgeon

Hawke’s Bay DHB

Libby Burgess



Raewyn Calvert



Mary Christie


Counties Manukau DHB

Birgit Dijkstra

Breast, endocrine  and general surgeon

Canterbury DHB

Mark Elwood

Cancer epidemiologist


Alison Foster

Primary care physician / breast physician


Capital & Coast DHB

Marli Gregory

Clinical lead

Also breast physician

BreastScreen Aotearoa

Claire Hardie

Radiation oncologist

MidCentral DHB

Gavin Harris


Canterbury DHB

Barbara Hochstein


Lakes DHB

Marion Kuper

Medical oncologist

Waikato DHB

Cheryl MacDonald

Clinical nurse specialist

MidCentral DHB

Glenys Mitchell

Clinical nurse specialist

Southern DHB – Dunedin

Kiri Peita

Māori perspective

Bay of Plenty DHB

Garth Poole

Breast and general surgeon

Counties Manukau DHB

David Porter

Medical oncologist

Auckland DHB

Glenys Round

Radiation oncologist

Also palliative care physician

Waikato DHB

Jeremy Sharr


Christchurch Radiology Group

Meredith Simcock

Plastic surgeon

Counties Manukau DHB


Meeting dates

v      Initial workshop: Friday 29 June 2012 (complete)

v      First meeting working group: Wednesday 26 September 2012, Wellington (complete)

v      Second meeting working group: Wednesday 14 November 2012, Auckland

v      Third meeting: 25 February 2013

v      Fourth meeting: May 2013


Timeframe for completing work

v      First draft standards: September 2012 (complete)

v      Second draft standards: November 2012 (in progress)

v      Third draft standards: February 2013

v      Stakeholder consultation on draft standards: April / May 2013

v      Fourth draft of standards / post consultation draft of standards: May 2013

v      Finalise standards: June 2013

v      Finalised breast cancer standards provided to the Ministry of Health: 30 June 2013


Communication with stakeholders

v      Stakeholder update - December 2012

v      The working group will be asking for feedback on the standards through stakeholder consultation. Stakeholder consultation is expected to take place during March / April 2013.


Stakeholder database

A Stakeholder database is being populated.

If you would like to receive stakeholder updates and participate in the consultation on the breast cancer standards then please send an email request to Loryn Scanlan  with “Please add to the National Breast Cancer Stakeholder Database” in the subject line and please provide the following details in the email: first and last name, position and organisation.


Minutes of meetings

v      Workshop: 29 June 2012 link to minutes

v      Meeting: 26 September 2012 link to minutes

v      Meeting: 14 November 2012


Terms of reference