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Supportive Care Framework

Find the Supportive Care Framework here.

This Supportive Care Framework has been developed to guide service planning and delivery for government, non government and private cancer care services in the Central Cancer Network (CCN) region and potentially New Zealand.

Supportive Care is described as:
Improving the quality of life for those with cancer, their family and whānau through support, rehabilitation and palliative care ....... the essential services required to meet a person’s physical, social, cultural, emotional, nutritional, informational, psychological, spiritual and practical needs throughout their experience with cancer (MOH, 2010))1.

The Supportive Care Framework includes an agreed set of overarching principles and components of supportive care delivery (The Model) which are implemented in a patient centred, consistent and quality manner (The Standards) to ensure the supportive care needs of patients and their whānau are continually identified and addressed (The Tools and Resources) by an informed, skilled and cared for workforce (The Workforce Plan).

The shared vision is that:
People affected by cancer experience an integrated and coordinated system of continued supportive care, overseen by an educated workforce, to ease the social consequences arising from their experience with cancer and to enhance their quality of life.

This Framework utilises the following wording throughout the document and it is important that the reader has an understanding of these:

  • Person affected by cancer –this refers to both the person with cancer and those for whom the cancer has an impact.
  • Whānau – within this document the term whānau refers to both descent-based whānau, and whānau who come together for a common purpose. Metge (1995)2 defines the two kinds of whānau as whakapapa-based whānau and kaupapa-based whānau. This acknowledges that for people, their whānau can be both their family of descent as well as those people they define as important who make up their support network.
  • Health and Supportive Care Workers - the term within this framework is used to apply to anyone working in the health system and non-government organisations (NGOs) as well as those working in social care agencies that may have contact with a person who is affected by cancer.
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    Last Updated 31 August 2016