National Cancer Programme

Nationally cancer is a key area of focus and has established a National Cancer Programme.  The National Cancer Programme brings together the work of the Ministry, district health boards and regional cancer networks to implement the Government’s priorities. 

The New Zealand Cancer Plan 2015-2018 provides a strategic framework with a vision for better, faster cancer care that aims to ensure all people have timely access to excellent cancer services that will enable them to live better and longer.

Further information is available from the Ministry of Health cancer website – http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/cancer-programme

National Palliative Care

The Minister announced that the Ministry of Health will be undertaking a Review of Adult Palliative Care Services 2015-2016.  The Review was requested by Cabinet at the time of approving funding for improving hospice community palliative care services in Budget 2015.  The Review will be led from within the Policy Business Unit of the Ministry of Health. The Palliative Care Advisory Panel has been established to provide advice to the Ministry of Health on palliative care services for adults.  The Review will report to the Minister of Health on:

  • current service capability and capacity across all care settings and providers
  • projected need for palliative care services over the next 10 to 20 years
  • gaps and barriers to achieving high quality and equitable provision of care, including workforce issues, funding settings, and standards of care
  • actions to improve access to, and quality and standards of care, and ensure equitable provision of care over the next 3 to 5 years, including within existing funding levels.

National Child Cancer Network

The National Child Cancer network is funded by the Ministry of Health. It is a key initiative of the National Plan for Child Cancer Services in new Zealand, developed by the Ministry of Health and National Health Board to provide a national framework for the delivery of child cancer services. Refer to: www.childcancernetwork.org.nz

Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Network Aotearoa

The National AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa is funded by the Ministry of Health. Refer to: www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/cancer-programme/aya-cancer-network-aotearoa

New Zealand Regional Cancer Networks (NZRCN)

There are four regional cancer networks in New Zealand that work collaboratively together to:

  • work on common issues and initiatives with the aim to promote consistency
  • share learning's and reduce duplication of effort
  • foster positive working relationships with key stakeholders
  • ensure regional cancer network representative for national groups and/or projects.

The four New Zealand networks are:

  • Northern Cancer Network (NCN) – Auckland, Waitemata, Counties Manakau, Northland
  • Midland Cancer Network (MCN) - Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Tairawhiti with an open invitation to and Taranaki
  • Central Cancer Network (CCN) – Taranaki, Whanganui, MidCentral, Hawkes Bay, Tairawhiti, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast
  • Southern Cancer Network (SCN) - Canterbury, Otago, West Coast, South Canterbury, Southland and Nelson/Malborough