Cancer Society applaud ambitious new cancer plan, challenges government on funding


This week’s release of the Cancer Action Plan and the formation of a National Cancer Agency is the biggest restructure in cancer since 2003 say the Cancer Society. 


“This is a positive step toward a first-class system for all New Zealanders” says Dr Chris Jackson, Cancer Society Medical Director. “The plan has hit the mark with equity-led, knowledge-driven, and outcomes-focused principles.”


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Dr Chris Jackson, Medical Director Cancer Society

 “NZ’s progress on cancer has stalled, and we are falling behind Australia and Canada” Dr Jackson says.  “We will challenge the Government to make sure the final plan includes real targets and timeframes and that Government and DHBs are accountable for delivering on the goals of the plan. 

Highly respected and internationally renowned cancer control expert, Professor Diana Sarfati of University of Otago, Wellington, has been appointed National Director of the newly formed Cancer Control Agency and will be tasked with keeping the Government and DHBs accountable for results. 

The Cancer Society has played a key part in the cancer plan by co-hosting the Cancer Care at a Crossroads conference with the University of Otago, and providing input and advice to Ministry officials during the drafting of the plan.


Blair Vining with wife Missy & daughters Lily and Della-May

The Cancer Society would like to acknowledge the leading role played by Blair Vining. Blair is an inspiring Southlander with terminal cancer, selflessly spending his time fighting to make things better for others.

He has led a petition for a national cancer agency, conceived at the ‘Cancer Care at a Crossroads’ conference, and gained over 140,000 signatures. His personal efforts and generosity have sparked a massive community response which shows how much people care about making the system better.




Click HERE to download a complete copy of the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019