New Zealand Cancer Control Publications


The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy

Launched by the Minister of Health on 25 August 2003, The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy was developed by the Cancer Control Steering Group with funding from the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Cancer Control Trust (Cancer Society of New Zealand and the Child Cancer Foundation).

  • The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy Action Plan 2005 2010 (PDF 883KB) provides a high-level framework for reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in New Zealand and reducing inequalities with respect to cancer. This Action Plan outlines in detail how the Strategy's objectives can be achieved.
  • The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy (PDF 309KB) is the first phase in the development and implementation of a comprehensive and co-ordinated programme to control cancer in New Zealand. The strategy includes purposes, principles and goals to guide existing and future actions to control cancer. The next phase will involve identifying priorities for action, planning implementation and defining processes to manage, monitor and review implementation.
    Instructions on how to obtain a hard copy are provided by the Ministry of Health.
  • Report of the 2003 Cancer Control Workshop (PDF 157KB) A national workshop entitled From Policy to Action: Working Together to Implement the Cancer Control Strategy was held in Wellington on 30 September 2004. The workshop marked the transition from policy development to planning for the Strategy's implementation. It provided an opportunity for those with expertise and responsibility in various aspects of cancer control, to identify what was needed to ensure effective and ongoing implementation of the Strategy, and to contribute to the development of an implementation plan.
  • Opportunities to improve cancer care in Australia and New Zealand (PDF 73KB) By Mark Elwood, Brian McAvoy and John Gavin. New Zealand Medical Journal 17 April 2003 Vol. 116.

Five expert working groups were established to advise the Steering Group and to recommend priorities for the strategy. The reports of these groups are available below.

Reports of Expert Working Groups (EWGs)

Five expert working groups (EWGs) were appointed by the Cancer Control Steering Group to identify and recommend objectives for The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy. Members selected on the basis of their expertise are listed in the Strategy and in the reports of each group.

The expert working group reports provide the evidence base and rationale for including the objectives in the Strategy. This information, together with that gathered through the consultation process for the discussion document "Towards a Cancer Control Strategy for New Zealand Marihi Tauporo" informed the development of the Strategy. The discussion document is available below.

The reports of the five groups, which addressed the key aspects of cancer control, include:

A complete list of the proposed objectives of the EWGs can be found here. Also included is reference to the relevant EWG report where they can be found.


Towards a Cancer Control Strategy for New Zealand Marihi Tauporo

On 5 December 2002 Health Minister Annette King released for consultation a cancer control discussion document developed by the Cancer Control Steering Group. Consultation on the document, which took place between 5 December 2002 and 14 March 2003, included public forums, along with written submissions from individuals and key stakeholders with an interest and involvement in the control of cancer. Analysis of consultation feedback informed the final development of The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy.
  • Towards a Cancer Control Strategy for New Zealand Marihi Tauporo (PDF 473KB), the discussion document, outlines the two parts to be included in a New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy. The first is a high-level framework, including a purpose, principles and goals to guide existing and future actions to control cancer in New Zealand. The second includes a series of evidence-based objectives for the short to medium term.

Background Papers

In early 2001 the New Zealand Cancer Control Trust produced the following reports under contract to the Public Health Directorate of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.