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PROSTABLOG NZ: Two top NZ prostate cancer experts were today appointed to a completely renewed Cancer Control Council, which gives expert advice to the Ministry of Health. READ MORE>


Lamb - in


Delahunt - in

Minister of Health Tony Ryall has appointed a new 11-person council, including:

  • Professor Brett Delahunt (right) Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences – Department of  Pathology and Molecular Medicine,
  • and Professor David Lamb, (left) brachtherapy expert and Otago University Medical School prostate cancer researcher.

Tizard - out


Atkinson - stays as chair

They give direct prostate cancer voices to the council, whose membership has been totally replaced apart from Otago Medical School’s Associate Professor Chris Atkinson (right)

He will take over chairing the body from former Governor-General Dame Cath Tizard (left).

“One of the Government’s six health targets is improved waiting times for cancer services,” says Mr Ryall.

“The Council’s membership has a strong clinical leadership, and this will ensure expert advice to improve District Health Board performance.”  READ MORE>

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JUNE 5: PROSTABLOG NZ: For the first time, thousands of New Zealanders treated for cancer will have their stories documented.

The Cancer Control Council will ask 3500 people who have been treated in the last year about their experiences as cancer patients.

There have been strong calls from the cancer sector for better information about service provision and understanding what patients expect compared to what they actually get from the health system, says council chair Dame Cath Tizard.

“We looked overseas for a credible tool to measure people’s experiences with cancer treatment and have settled on the Patient Experiences Survey conducted by (survey company) IPSOS, which is used by such countries as Canada and Australia,” she says.

“It also means we can compare New Zealand health services with those overseas.”

A first for New Zealand, the survey would give the council a benchmark and aimed to help those providing cancer treatment with some insights into service gaps and issues. 

“The Council urges all cancer patients approached by mail to take part in this survey as the more responses we get, the better understanding and insight we will have to ensure we provide better cancer treatment care in the future,” she says.

A report containing the survey results will be published on the Cancer Control Council website from late 2009.

The Cancer Control Council is a ministerial advisory committee which provides independent strategic advice to the Minister of Health on all matters relating to cancer. It says this advice is aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of cancer and reducing inequalities with respect to cancer.

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