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. Cancer control is an organised approach to reducing the burden of cancer along the continuum.

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 Network has a population of 992,315 people and encompasses seven district health boards, two regional cancer centres, 27 primary health organisations, 18 Maori Health Providers, 12 public hospitals, two Cancer Society divisions, six hospices and a number of other community and voluntary organisations.

The network works closely with consumers, health professionals and managers to help implement the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy (2003) and associated New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy Action Plan 2005-2010 (2005) for the people of the Central Cancer Network region.


The purpose of the Central Cancer Network is to take a proactive leadership, facilitation and coordination approach to ensure all providers of cancer care in the network area work together with the community to:

  • manage the implementation of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and associated Action Plan 2005-2010. The dual aims are:
    • to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer
    • to reduce the inequalities with respect to cancer
  • improve the journey of cancer patients and their family / whānau through the complex pathway of care, ensuring equitable, high quality, patient centred, evidence based and multidisciplinary care.

The 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

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Last updated 27th July 2012