Cancer Control New Zealand is responsible for making sure New Zealand’s Cancer Control Strategy is turned into action. The Council is an independent advisory body appointed by the Minister of Health. We give strategic advice directly to the Minister and to the wider cancer control community.
The Council works with all the bodies involved in controlling cancer. Together we are entrusted with reducing both the incidence and impact of cancer in New Zealand and the inequalities that surround it.
This will be achieved through providing independent advice to the Minister of Health on:
- Initiatives to reduce the mortality from cancer
- Initiatives to reduce the impact of cancer
- Initiatives to reduce inequalities in access to cancer services due to ethnicity, economic status, and place of domicile
- How effectively new initiatives have been implemented.
The Council will also report on progress in the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy.
The Council is responsible for providing independent strategic advice on the cancer control continuum from primary prevention, early detection, screening, diagnosis, treatment including supportive care and palliative care.
The Council will provide advice to the Minister of Health in six main areas:
- Screening and early diagnosis of common cancers
- Diagnostic and treatment services for cancer patients
- Workforce requirements for cancer services
- Equity of access to cancer services
- Cancer data and information
- High quality cancer research.
Cancer Control New Zealand’s members are drawn from across the cancer control field — from primary prevention, screening and early detection through to palliative care and research.