- The Cancer Society and Cancer Control in New Zealand
- The Mission Statement of the Cancer Society
- The Vision of the Society
- The Principles of the Society
- Cancer Society of New Zealand Position Statements
Cancer is a major cause of disease, disability and death in New Zealand with 20,317 new registrations and 8566 deaths recorded in 2008 (Ministry of Health 2011). Although cancer is unlikely to be eradicated, its impact on the community can be lessened through an organised approach to reducing the number of people who develop or die from cancer, and improving the quality of life for those who develop the disease. Towards this end the Cancer Society of New Zealand (CSNZ) utilises the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy (Ministry of Health 2003) and the New Zealand Cancer Control Action Plan 2006-2010 (Ministry of Health 2006) which lists six goals and intended outcomes/results for each goal.
The six goals are:
Goal 1: Reduce the incidence of cancer through primary prevention.
Goal 2: To ensure effective screening and early detection to reduce cancer incidence and mortality.
Goal 3: Ensure effective diagnose and treatment of cancer to reduce morbidity and mortality.
Goal 4: Improve the quality of life for those with cancer, their family and whanau through support, rehabilitation and palliative care.
Goal 5: Improve the delivery of services across the continuum of cancer control, through effective planning, co-ordination and integration of resources and activity, monitoring and evaluation.
Goal 6: To improve the effectiveness of cancer control in New Zealand through research and surveillance. (MoH 2006).
The Cancer Society works with the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards (DHBs), Cancer Control Networks, Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), Cancer Control New Zealand and relevant NGOs on specific programmes and services to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in New Zealand. Cancer Control New Zealand is responsible for monitoring the Cancer Control goals.
The 2010 - 2013 Cancer Society Strategic Plan sets the direction for the Society at a national level and action plans for each work area inform annual operating plans. Each of the six Divisions: Auckland/Northland; Waikato/Bay of Plenty; Central, Wellington; Canterbury/West Coast; and, Otago/Southland, also develop action and operating plans to support activity that is aligned to the agreed national direction and is appropriate to their local needs, population, context and resources.