The Cancer Psychological and Social Support Initiative
Budget 2014 provided sustainable funding of $4.2 million a year for improved cancer psychological and social support services across New Zealand, to ensure that the emotional and psychological needs of cancer patients are properly assessed and patients and families receive the support they need. Funding has been made available for six new clinical psychologists in the cancer centres (Auckland, Waikato, MidCentral, Capital and Coast, Canterbury and Southern DHBs) and a mixed support workforce of additional experienced social workers and psychologists.
DHBs worked together to draft regional psychological and social support plans outlining how they will work together to capitalise on the funding provided for this initiative, and use it to maximum effect.
In the South Island a regional Steering Group oversees implementation of the South Island regional plan.