Supportive care and rehabilitation encompasses ‘the essential services to meet the physical, emotional, nutritional, informational, psychological, sexual, spiritual, and practical needs throughout a person’s experience with cancer’. Evidence shows that when people experiencing cancer receive good social, psychological, and cultural support, their quality of life improves.
The aim of this draft guidance document is to improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer, by improving access to and quality of supportive care in New Zealand. The document provides clear objectives based on the best evidence and suggests best practice service approaches that will service to ensure that adults with cancer, their families/whānau have access to essential support and rehabilitative care they may require throughout the various stages of cancer, from diagnosis onwards.
It is important that this guidance reflects up-to-the-minute evidence and covers all the relevant issues relating to supportive care for people affected by cancer in New Zealand. It is also important that the objectives and recommendations are appropriate for the sector, as these will be the drivers for action when implementing the guidance. We also seek a steer on priority recommendations, so we can get a clear picture of what needs to happen, now.
How to have your say
This guidance document is a draft only. It is important that is up-to-the minute, accurate and reflects the realities of the sector. The guidance will be updated following this review.
There are some key questions we would like you to think about and comment on as you read this draft document. These are outlined in the separate submission booklet.
There are two ways you can make a submission:
1. Print the submission booklet, write down your comments and post them to:
Supportive Care Submissions
Ministry of Health
PO Box 5013
Wellington2. Download the submission booklet and email your submission to:[email protected]
2. Download the submission booklet and email your submission to:[email protected]