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Cancer Care at a Crossroads Conference: 31 January – 1 February 2019, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand

Bringing together the brightest minds and most influential personalities from across the cancer control continuum

Co-hosted by the University of Otago and the Cancer Society of New Zealand, supported by the NZ Society of Oncology and the Ministry of Health.

We invite you to join us in Wellington in 2019 for this special event. A welcome event will be held 5pm–7pm Wednesday, 30 January 2019.

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“We are at a crossroads where our choices, or refusal to make choices, have clear implications for our ability to provide care in the future. How can we provide care, improve options and outcomes for patients with cancer, and do so within a socially responsible, cost-effective, and sustainable framework?”
Sullivan et al, Lancet Oncology (2011)

Cancer is the leading cause of death in New Zealand. The number of those affected is forecast to increase for the foreseeable future. Our survival rates from cancer lag behind those of Australia, our most vulnerable populations continue to experience poorer outcomes from cancer than other New Zealanders and the costs of cancer care keep on increasing exponentially. The aim of this conference is to develop a vision for long-term cancer control specific to the needs of Aotearoa / New Zealand, led by domestic and international experts in cancer prevention, care, academia, policy, and patient support.

Planning for high quality, best value, integrated and equitable care in New Zealand

This conference will bring together the brightest minds and most influential personalities from across the cancer control continuum, both internationally and in New Zealand. It will draw knowledge and experience from international contexts that have faced similar challenges, delivered by exceptional keynote speakers. It will paint a picture of the current major challenges that we face and identify possible solutions to these challenges. It will provide a forum for debate, and an opportunity to build networks and bridges across the continuum.

We must create positive change to cement New Zealand’s place as a world leader in cancer care – and ensure that no New Zealander is left behind as we pursue this goal. This conference provides a crucial chance for us to take a quantum leap in our collective thinking about how to tackle our cancer problem.

Following the conference, on Saturday, 2 February 2019, join the Ministry of Health along with our international keynote speakers, Richard Sullivan and Rami Rahal, for workshops which will inform the development of a new strategic approach to cancer care in New Zealand and a Cancer Action Plan. Visit the Ministry of Health web page for registration to express your interest in participating in these workshops. Register now as the spaces are limited.

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