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Cancer consumers get stronger voice in Midland region

Midland Cancer Network*, which includes Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairawhiti and Waikato districts, has established regional consumer representatives to ensure people with cancer, their families and whanau have their voices heard and their perspective considered at whatever level cancer is being discussed.

The 10 consumer representatives have either had personal experience with cancer or may have helped support someone else through the cancer journey.  They are asked to share their experience as a “consumer” of cancer services within the health system, and use any insights they have gained to help improve the experience of others.

They are also invited to participate in developing and improving care pathways for cancer consumers and to help with providing planning advice and support to district health boards and other groups dealing with cancer.

Rawiri Blundell

Rawiri Blundell

Recently all the consumer representatives completed a four-day training session to help give them the skills, knowledge and confidence for the task. The training sessions were led by Dr Chris Walsh and Sue Ellis of HERSolutions, and were organised by Midland Cancer Network and Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society.

Midland Cancer Network Equity manager Rawiri Blundell says the number of representatives is about right for now, but the network is always happy to receive enquiries if people are interested in contributing in some way to the consumer work programme.

 

*The Midland Cancer Network is responsible for supporting and advising DHBs and stakeholder organisations about the issues, activities and priorities related to the implementation of the National Cancer Control Programme.

For further information about the consumer representatives please contact:
Rawiri Blundell Equity Manager
Midland Cancer Network
[email protected]

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