The Southern Cancer Network has established the South Island Cancer Consumer Group to provide a forum to address cancer consumer related issues within the Southern Region. Click here to see the group's Terms of Reference.
The active involvement of key stakeholders, consumers, carers and communities is a fundamental principle of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy (Ministry of Health 2000). Other national strategies also identify the importance of addressing consumer needs by consulting with consumers and communities. The focus on participation is seen as an essential way to provide a voice to consumers generally, as well as specifically to Māori and also to Pacific peoples to address inequalities that impact on health and wellbeing.
The involvement of consumers will include identifying ways to increase community access to information about cancer control as well as ways to become actively involved in the provision of cancer control services and programmes. The engagement of consumers in an ongoing manner so they are an integral part of cancer control planning and decision-making will contribute to an increased knowledge and understanding of the significance of the Cancer Control Strategy within the wider community. There will also be a greater sense of community ownership of cancer control activities.
Our consumer participation strategies include:
Ken Bowie was recently interviewed for the SDHB Bowel Screening programme. Click here to view the full interview.
If you are a consumer looking for health information related to cancer, you may find the following websites useful: