Pacific Cancer Navigation
The Pacific Cancer Navigation service aims to help Pacific people (and their families) with cancer to ensure they receive the best care and support through this difficult journey.
A high number of Pacific patients are diagnosed with cancer. Many of these patients are faced with fear and uncertainty about...
- Poor co ordination of care between Primary care and hospital services.
- Lack of prospective navigation, education, culturally appropriate resources and support through the patient journey.
- Barriers to access services through the patient journey from diagnosis, surgical and non surgical treatments and recovery.
The Pacific Cancer Navigator service has been established to address some of these issues.
This will deliver service co ordination and navigation to help reduce barriers and improve the chances of recovery for Pacific people diagnosed with cancer.
HealthWEST is working together with your Family Doctor to help and support patients and families who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer. This is a free service for all Pacific Island patients enrolled with GP practices.
The patient must be living in the Waitemata District Health Board area, is a NZ citizen or permanent resident and is aged 16 years and over (under 16 years of age may be considered please discuss this with your doctor if support is required).
The Pacific Navigator will support you to access relevant services pertaining to your cancer. The Navigator will be able to link you with government services e.g. WINZ, or Housing, non government organisations e.g. Cancer Society, Hospice, Palliative Care Nurses, as well as navigating you through hospital care services in a culturally appropriate manner.
Referrals are through GP practices (your doctor), and self-referral.