The SCN is pleased to release the report "Cancer in the South Island of New Zealand Health Needs Assessment - 2010".
The focus of the report is to inform regional strategic decision making in relation to cancer in the South Island. The report aims to assist stakeholders (government and non-government) within the SCN region to identify priority areas, which in turn informs their strategic and annual planning.
This Health Needs Assessment (HNA) report represents the first step in the process of identifying and reporting cancer control data across the SCN region. It is recognised that this HNA does not cover all the data across the cancer continuum and that many other analyses would be useful, including prevention, rehabilitation and palliative care. It is hoped that future collaborative work will build on this HNA and improve the range and availability of data.
This Health Needs Assessment aims to:
- inform SCN and Regional Strategic Planning
- provide evidence to make decisions about the priorities in respect to cancer care and control
- provide and interpretation of key results in order to support strategic decision making, service planning and research activities in the South Island.