The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy Action Plan identified the need to develop formal regional structures that would enhance cooperation and collaboration for cancer control.
The regional cancer networks work with district health boards (DHBs) facilitate and coordinate services across health providers at all levels. They bring a range of providers and consumer organisations together to ensure cooperation and integration of services, where appropriate.
In addition they provide a mechanism where all can work with each other to plan and coordinate services in line with national standards of treatment.
There are four regional cancer networks in New Zealand that work across organisational boundaries to promote a collaborative approach to service planning and delivery.
The four regional networks follow district health board geographical coverage areas, and the patient flow to the regional cancer centres:
Northern Cancer Network
The Northern Cancer Network emcompasses Northland, Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitemata DHBs.
Midland Cancer Network
The Midland Cancer Network encompasses Waikato, Lakes, Bay of Plenty and Tairawhiti DHBs.
Central Cancer Network
The Central Cancer Network encompasses Taranaki, Whanganui, MidCentral, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs.
Southern Cancer Network
The Southern Cancer Network encompasses Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury, West Coast, South Canterbury and Southern DHBs.