About Us

The Central Cancer Network was formed in 2007 and links together the organisations that provide care for people with cancer across the Central Cancer Network area. The network works closely with consumers, health professionals and managers to help implement the New Zealand Cancer Plan: Better, faster cancer care 2015–2018 for the people of the Central Cancer Network region.

Building on what has already been achieved, the NZ Cancer Plan sets out the cancer-related programmes, activities and services that are being implemented across the country over the next three years. It also signals potential future initiatives.

The principles guiding the NZ Cancer Plan are to:

  1. equitably, effectively and sustainably meet the future demand for cancer services
  2. maintain high quality of care and improve the quality of life for people with cancer
  3. ensure fiscal responsibility.

Central Cancer Network will take a systematic approach to meeting the following goals:

Goal 1 Reduce the incidence of cancer through primary prevention
Goal 2 Ensure effective screening and early detection to reduce cancer incidence and mortality
Goal 3 Ensure effective diagnosis and treatment of cancer to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality
Goal 4 Improve the quality of life for those with cancer, their family and whanau through support, rehabilitation and palliative care
Goal 5 Improve the delivery of services across the continuum of cancer control, through effective planning, co-ordination and integration of resources and activity, monitoring and evaluation
Goal 6 Improve the effectiveness of cancer control in New Zealand through research and surveillance

Governance Group

The Governance Group which includes representation from across the region and across the continuum, including DHB, NGO, Consumer, Maori and Pacific, oversees the Network. The purpose of the Governance Group is to consider and prioritise advice and recommendations from other network groups, and to oversee development and implementation of the annual work-plans and regional strategic plan for CCN in order to achieve the Network vision. The Governance Group members are responsible for supporting and advising the Network and District Health Boards and communicating with their participating organisations about issues, activities and priorities.

Local Cancer Networks

These groups have representation from relevant stakeholders including DHB Planning and Funding, Health Professionals, NGOs, Consumer, Māori and Pacific People across the district to support the development and implementation of district based cancer plans. CCN links closely with these groups, providing information and resources to assist with the prioritisation and execution of their plans.

Central Cancer Network Geographical Overview

The Central Cancer Network area includes Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, MidCentral, Whanganui, Hawkes Bay and Taranaki district health board (DHB) regions with an open invitation to Nelson/Marlborough (whose primary regional network is the Southern Cancer Network).

The map below shows the Central Cancer Network area in yellow.

CCN Regional Map

The Central Cancer Network is built on existing structures and relationships and maintains national links.   

To achieve its aims, the network engages with service providers in the region, Māori and Pacific people and consumers to ensure people with cancer have access to the best possible quality of care to maximise the chance of the best possible outcome.

Each of the 4 cancer networks in NZ correspond to different regions, as illustrated below:

Regional Map