Building on what has already been achieved, the New Zealand Cancer Plan 2015–2018 (the New Zealand Cancer Plan) sets out the cancer-related programmes, activities and services that are being implemented across the country over the next three years. It also signals potential future initiatives.
The principles guiding the New Zealand Cancer Plan are to:
- maintain high quality of care and improve the quality of life for people with cancer
- effectively, equitably and sustainably meet the future demand for cancer services
- ensure fiscal responsibility.
The Ministry of Health, DHBs, regional cancer networks, as well as non-governmental and consumer organisations all have a role to play in achieving the vision of the New Zealand Cancer Plan. The Ministry will oversee and monitor implementation through the development of annual work plans that reflect the New Zealand Cancer Plan’s strategic framework.