Regional Cancer Networks
Regional Cancer Networks were set up to support the implementation of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and Plan in the regions.
There are four Regional Cancer Networks across the country, each with its own Regional Strategic Plan. Core principles underpinning the networks are: strategic alignment, developing and sharing key data and information, development of opportunities to plan and fund regionally, support and progress innovations, identification of efficiencies and initiatives across the continuum of care in the interests of improving the outcomes for people on the cancer pathway.
The four New Zealand networks are:
Northern Cancer Network (NCN) (www.northerncancernetwork.org.nz), covering Auckland, Waitemata, Counties Manakau and Northland District Health Boards;
Midland Cancer Network (MCN) (www.midlandcancernetwork.org.nz), Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, with an open invitation to Tairawhiti and Taranaki District Health Boards;
Central Cancer Network (CCN) (www.centralcancernetwork.org.nz), covering Taranaki, Whanganui, MidCentral, Hawkes Bay, Tairawhiti, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, Capital and Coast District Health Boards, with an open invitation to Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board; and
Southern Cancer Network (SCN)
Local Cancer Networks
Local Cancer Networks (LCNs) have been established throughout the South Island, to support the implementation of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy at a local level through the development of a Local Cancer Plan for each DHB region. The merger of the Otago and Southland DHBs on 1st May 2010 saw the numbers of DHBs in the South Island reduce from six to five. Otago and Southland had been operating a single LCN for some time, and a single Local Cancer Plan is being developed for this region, now represented by the Southern DHB.
Click below for details of each of the South Island LCNs: