Friday, July 3, 2009

A Few Hard Facts

Statistics show that Maori are 9% more likely to get cancer than non-Maori; and 77% more likely to die from it than other New Zealanders. To draw attention to this and to try and find solutions, a coalition of Maori cancer services is hosting The Revolution of Cancer Care for Maori & Whanau Forum in Rotorua in August and all iwi are being urged to ensure they are represented there. Organised jointly by Aroha Mai Maori Cancer Support, five Ministry of Health cancer care pilot programmes, Kaitiaki Nursing Services, Kimihauora Health Centre, Northern Cancer Network, Tamaki PHO, Te Kahui Hauora, Te Kupenga o Hoturoa-Wai Health and West Coast PHO, the forum will include addresses by some of the world’s leading indigenous medical specialists. “This is a critical issue for Maori and we are hoping as many as possible will attend this forum and help us formulate a way forward that results in improved health outcomes for all Maori cancer sufferers,” says forum chair, Edith McNeill. Dr Ellison-Loschmann (Te Atiawa, Ngai Tahu, Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ngati Raukawa and Tahitian), says access to cancer care and the quality of care can have a substantial impact on cancer outcomes, both in terms of quality of life and survival. “Cancer now surpasses chronic heart disease as the leading cause of death in New Zealand,” she says. The Rotorua forum will be held on August 12, 13 and 14th and you can read more about it at

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