• There are approximately 6,500 new adult cancer registrations each year of patients within the Northern Region
  • We work to improve both the pathway and outcome for cancer patients in our region
  • We bring cross-organisation stakeholders together to work collaboratively

The Northern Cancer Network was established in 2006 by the 4 Northern District Health Boards: Northland, Waitemata, Auckland, Counties-Manukau, to facilitate the implementation of the NZ Cancer Control Strategy Action Plan. It is 1 of 4 Regional Cancer Networks around New Zealand which work with District Health Boards to plan and improve cancer services in-line with national standards of treatment.

The Network provides leadership, facilitation and coordination across a range of cancer control stakeholders to enable everyone involved with cancer (including providers of cancer services, primary care, public health, consumers and NGOs) to work collaboratively across traditional organisation boundaries.

The Network’s current workplan focuses on

  • Achieving the Faster Cancer Treatment Health Target
  • Supporting DHBs readiness for a National Bowel Screening Programme roll-out
  • Completing reviews of service performance against the National Tumour Stream Standards
  • Supporting Care Coordination initiatives such as Cancer Nurse Coordinators, and Oncology Psycho-Social supportive care
  • Identifying, monitoring, and improving performance where inequalities exist across the cancer pathway
  • Ensuring robust regional collaboration by convening a number of other forums, including a Cancer patient reference group

Development of Regional Cancer Tumour Stream Groups

  • Bowel
  • Lung
  • Gynaecological
  • Haematology – Myeloma & Lymphoma
  • Upper Gastro-Intestinal
  • Sarcoma
  • Melanoma (2016/17)
  • Breast (2016/17)
  • Head & Neck (future)
  • Thyroid (future)
  • Brain/CNS (future)

For more information refer Northern Cancer Network (external link) (external link)

Mari Longhurst  | Portfolio Manager