A new direction for cancer care and treatment in New Zealand: workshops

2 February 2019, 9:00am–12:30pm, Ministry of Health, Wellington

What changes do we need to make to give every New Zealander affected by cancer access to the best possible outcomes?

The Ministry of Health, with the support of Rami Rahal and Professor Richard Sullivan, is running workshops to inform the development of a new strategic approach to cancer care in New Zealand and a Cancer Action Plan. The workshops will be held on 2 February 2019, following the Cancer Care at a Crossroads Conference on 31 January and 1 February 2019.


Registration for the workshops closed at 5pm 14 December 2018. Spaces have been fully allocated. Please email [email protected] with ‘Workshops’ in the subject line and provide us with your job title in the body of the email if you would like to be put on the waiting list.

Session 1: Shaping our priorities

Over the course of the conference you will have the opportunity to consider which priority areas will deliver the greatest gains for improved access and outcomes in cancer care and treatment. This session will take one or two of those priority areas and scope them into projects to be taken forward as part of the Cancer Action Plan.

Chair: Professor Richard Sullivan

Session 2: Unequal input for equal outcomes

Cancer is unevenly experienced in New Zealand, with Māori, Pacific people and those living rurally having poorer outcomes. Māori have 1.28 times the cancer incidence and 1.7 times the death rate of non-Māori. Rectifying this requires innovative approaches that may be fundamentally different to what we do now. This session will workshop key national initiatives that have the ability to turn our equity statistics on their head and set us on a path to eliminating inequities.

Chair: TBC

Session 3: Measure what matters

We need measurement and reporting to drive improvement in cancer care. Quality performance indicators are being developed for bowel, lung and prostate cancer, with other tumour streams to follow. Data improvement projects are underway so that we will have better, nationally consistent data.

This workshop will focus on indicator development for areas of care and treatment applicable to all cancer types, such as survivorship, supportive care, and care coordination, to complement the work underway on tumour-specific indicators.

Chair: Mr Rami Rahal, Executive Director, Cancer Control at Canadian Partnership Against Cancer In Toronto Canada

More information

For more information please contact Vanessa James, Principal Advisor, Cancer Services, Ministry of Health on [email protected] 

For more information about the Cancer Care at a Crossroads please email [email protected]

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