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Cancer control and service planning in New Zealand

Cancer is the leading cause of death in New Zealand. The number of those affected is forecast to increase for the foreseeable future. Our cancer survival rates in New Zealand currently 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 C3 research group actively works with key stakeholders to advocate for and develop a vision for long-term cancer control specific to the needs of Aotearoa / New Zealand.

We co-hosted the landmark ‘Cancer Care at a Crossroads’ conference held in January 2019, with the Cancer Society of New Zealand. This event galvanised the sector and resulted in the development of a new National Cancer Plan. You can see speakers’ presentations here

Key publications:

Note: We are currently working on a special edition of J Cancer Policy with a series of papers arising from the Cancer Care at a Crossroads event.

Sarfati D, Jackson CGCA, Macfarlane S, Bissett I, Robson B, Gurney J, Kemp R, James N, Adler J, Scott N, McMenamin J. Cancer Care at a Crossroads: Time to make a choice. NZ Med J 2019 132 (1493): 6-11.

Jackson CGCA, Sarfati D. Cancer Care at a Crossroads. NZMJ Digest 2019, issue 87 http://digest.nzma.org.nz/default.aspx?iid=163806&startpage=page0000011#folio=1

Dew K, Barton J, Stairmand J, Sarfati D, Signal L. Ascertaining patients’ understandings: Dealing with contradictory norms in cancer specialist consultations. Health Sociology Review (in press).

Dew K, Stairmand J, Signal L, Sarfati D. Cancer care decision-making and treatment consent: An observational study of patients’ and clinicians’ rights. Journal of Sociology 2019; 55(1): 161-78.

Sharples K, Firth M, Hinder V, Hill A, Jeffery M, Sarfati D, Brown C, Atmore C, Lawrenson R, Reid P, Derrett S, Macapagel J, Keating J, Secker A, De Groot C, Jackson C, Findlay M. The New Zealand PIPER Project: Colorectal cancer survival according to rurality, ethnicity and socioeconomic deprivation – results from a retrospective cohort study. NZ Medical Journal 2018;131(1476):24-39

Lawrenson R, Lao C, Campbell I, Harvey V, Seneviratne S, Elwood M, Sarfati D, Kuper-Hommel M. The impact of different tumour sub-types on management and survival of New Zealand women with stage I-III breast cancer. NZ Med J 2018; 131(1475): 51-60.