Consumer engagement

The South Island Cancer Consumer Group sits within the Southern Cancer Network.  It was established to enable consumers and whānau from across the South Island to provide input and advice on the quality improvement work undertaken by Southern Cancer Network.

South Island Cancer Consumer Group participation is essential to provide a voice to consumers, keeping the needs of patients and their whānau at the forefront throughout our work.  Consumer input is particularly important as we work to address inequities that impact on the health and wellbeing of Māori and other population groups who experience poorer outcomes.

The Cancer Consumer Group is made up of people with a range of backgrounds (including people living with or beyond cancer, and their carers/whanau), ethnicities and geographic locations. 

The South Island Cancer Consumer Group’s purpose is to:

  • provide a forum to advise on cancer consumer related issues within the Southern Region
  • identify key regional cancer consumer priorities as supported by National Cancer Strategy and Plans and provide recommendations
  • provide a consumer perspective into projects, service planning and other Southern Cancer Network activities.

Click here to see the group's Terms of Reference.

Click here to view the members' profiles.


  • Consumers are people who have had a personal experience of cancer services or close support persons providing unpaid care to a cancer patient.
  • Consumer Representatives are consumers who provide a consumer view on cancer control services across the continuum.
  • Participation occurs when consumers, carers and community members are meaningfully involved in planning and decision making about cancer service improvement, and the wellbeing of themselves and the community.
  • Consumer participation can happen at all levels of health care.


The South Island Cancer Consumer Group is always interested to hear the perspectives of patients and whānau across the South Island.  If you wish to contact the South Island Consumer Group, please email Stacy Belser at


If you are a consumer looking for health information related to cancer, you may find the following websites useful: