List of Useful Acronyms

List of Related Acronyms 

 The following websites also provide additional useful information:

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/about-this-website-glossary

http://www.medterms.com/script/main/hp.asp  

Note for consumer representatives: This is a list of health services and health and disability related acronyms which you may come across in your role as a health and disability consumer representative.

 

A & E

 

Accident and Emergency

AYA

 

Adolescents and Young Adults

BCAC

 

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

BCF

Breast Cancer Foundation BSA

BSA

BreastScreen Aotearoa

BSS

BreastScreen South

CANGO

Collaboration of key cancer Non-Government Organisations

CCNZ

Cancer Consumer New Zealand

CHIS

Cancer Health Information Strategy

CSNZ

Cancer Society of NZ

DAP

District Annual Planning

DHB/s

District Health Board/s

DNA

Did Not Attend

DON

Director of Nursing

DSP

District Strategic Plans

FCT

Faster Cancer Treatment

FOB

Faecal OccultBlood Test – colorectal screening

FSA

First Specialist Assessment

GP

General Practitioner

HPV

Human Papilloma Virus

HQSC

 

Health Quality and Safety Commission

HRC

Health Research Council of New Zealand

LBC

Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ

MCN

Midlands Cancer Network

MDM

Multi disciplinary meeting

 

MO(C)

 

 

Medical Oncology / Medical Oncologist (Consultant)

MOWG

Medical Oncology Working Group

MRT

 

Medical Radiation Technologist (Radiographer)

NCCN

National Child Cancer Network

NCN

Northland Cancer Network

NCSP

National Cervical Screening Programme

NEAC

National Ethics Advisory Committee

NGO

Non-government Organisation

NSU

National Screening Unit

NZBS

New Zealand Blood Service

NZDF

NZ Deaf Foundation

NZHS

New Zealand Health Strategy

NZRCN

NZ Regional Cancer Networks

PACS

Picture Archive System – medical imaging digital storage system

PCF

Prostate Cancer Foundation

PHARMAC         

Pharmaceutical Management Agency

PHO

Primary Health Organisation

PHU

Public Health Unit

PONZ

Psychosocial Oncology New Zealand

RIS

Radiology Information System

RNZFB

Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind

RO

Radiation Oncology / Radiation Oncologist

 

ROWG

Radiation Oncology Working Group

RSP

Regional Service Plan

RT

Radiation Therapist

SCN

Southern Cancer Network

SLT

Speech Language therapist

SMO

Senior Medical Officer

Glossary  

Early detection: detecting cancer prior to symptoms or as soon as is practicable after the development of signs or symptoms.

 

Faster Cancer Treatment: 85 percent of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) with 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within two weeks by July 2016, increasing to 90 percent by June 2017.

 

Health promotion: the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health. Health promotion involves community and individual measures to help people develop lifestyles that can maintain and enhance the state of well-being. The concept of health promotion underlies many of the approaches to reducing the risk of cancer among individuals and populations. Five action strategies for health promotion developed by the World Health Organization are:

·        promoting healthy public policy

·        creating supportive environments

·        strengthening community action

·        developing personal skills

·        reorienting health services

 

Multi Disciplinary Meeting: Doctors, nurses and other health professionals with skills in diagnosing and managing cancer will meet to discuss options and make a joint decision about both your cancer treatment and ongoing care, developing an individual treatment plan for you.

 

Primary prevention: preventing a particular problem from occurring. Primary prevention through reduction in risk factors, such as smoking and poor nutrition/lack of physical activity, offers great promise as an effective means of reducing the incidence of cancer.

 

Reducing incidence: influencing the reduction of the incidence of cancer in the population as a whole.

 

Reducing risk: identifying individuals at higher risk and advising them accordingly (e.g. health provider advice).

 

Screening: a process whereby people who have no symptoms are invited (either directly or through publicity) to undergo a test or procedure, usually at regular intervals at certain times in a person’s life.

 

Secondary prevention: The early or asymptomatic detection and prompt treatment of cancer e.g. through screening.

 

Tertiary prevention: Improving the outcome through treatment and ongoing monitoring that prevents further deterioration

 

Last Updated October 2016