New Zealand Cancer Control Who are we?

Trustees of the New Zealand Cancer Control Trust

Associate Professor Brian Cox (NZCCT chair) is a medical epidemiologist, specialist in public health medicine and Director of the Hugh Adam Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. He has extensive knowledge and experience of screening for cancer and is chair of a working group of the International Cancer Screening Network (ICSN) of the National Cancer Institute, USA that co-ordinates the sharing of experience between 40 cancer screening programmes worldwide. He has just completed 6 months at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) preparing a report on integrating HPV vaccination into screening for cervical cancer. He also was a secretariat member for the recent IARC monograph on the relationship between low vitamin D and cancer. He was a member of the Cancer Control Steering Group that developed the Cancer Control Strategy and a member of the Cancer Control Taskforce that developed the Action Plan.

Professor Chris Cunningham (Ngati Raukawa, Toa Rangatira) (NZCCT deputy chair) is Director of Te Pumanawa Hauora, Massey University at Wellington. He serves on a number of committees concerned with improving Maori health including the Quit Group and the Hepatitis Foundation of New Zealand. He is on the Advisory Boards of several national and international research programmes and is involved in research projects focusing on cancer with colleagues at Massey and Otago Universities. Previously a Director of the Hutt Valley District Health Board, he was also a member of the Cancer Control Steering Group.

Betsy Marshall is the Executive Director of the NZCCT. She has served on numerous national advisory committees, Ministerial reviews and working parties relating to cancer screening and was the Cancer Society of New Zealand representative and witness at the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry. Ms Marshall was a member of the Cancer Control Steering Group and of the secretariat of the Cancer Control Taskforce. In 2005 she was a plenary speaker on the development of the NZ Cancer Control Strategy at the first international Cancer Control Congress. She also is a Trustee of the Genesis Oncology Trust. In 2002 Ms Marshall was awarded the Queens Service Order for Community Service.

Judi Strid is Director of Advocacy, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner. She has an extensive background working in consumer rights, quality, evidence and strengthening the consumer voice, and she has a particular interest in a cancer control approach that engages with consumers to ensure their perspectives are included. Ms Strid was a consumer member of the Cancer Control Steering Group and the Cancer Control Taskforce, and she has served on a number of cancer screening advisory groups. She also has been an active member of the International Cochrane Collaboration consumer network since 1995, and she has been involved in the Cochrane Cancer Network and international review groups, including those with a focus on colorectal cancer and gynaecological cancer.

Dr Lois Surgenor is Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch. She also is the Senior Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Haematology, Psychology Advisor, Christchurch Hospital and Chair of Health Regulatory Authorities of New Zealand. Dr Surgenor was on the Ministry of Health advisory groups developing supportive care guidance in cancer and previously was a member of the Support and Rehabilitation Expert Working Group for the NZ Cancer Control Strategy. She teaches postgraduate psychooncology courses and is involved in health rehabilitation and mental illness research. Dr Surgenor recently completed a six-year term as Chair of the New Zealand Psychologists Board.