Our mission is to inform and educate our community about all gynaecological cancers with the aim of increasing the survival rates of New Zealand women.
Black Cottage and Nicky White - Precision Real Estate proudly presents Black & Teal 2014
This exclusive soiree event is shaping up to be a fantastic night. One not to be missed!
DATE: SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2014, 6.30PM - TILL LATE
Location: Black Cottage Cafe, 308 Coatesville Riverhead Highway, Coatesville
Dress Code: Cocktail - black with teal accessories or teal with black accessories
Tickets $140 (inc GST) per guest includes two drinks, canapés, performance by an iconic kiwi singer songwriter, DJ, goodie bag, fashion & jewellery show and the opportunity to bid in a live auction.
MCs: Blair Strang (Nothing Trivial) & Beth Allen (NZGCF Ambassador & Shortland Street)
Check out our new NZGCF awareness posters. These will be displayed in ASB branches through-out the country between 2-14 September as part of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month. Make sure you pop into your local branch to have a look!
The National Plan for Gynaecological Services
'It Takes a Team' - Report to the Ministry of Health on a proposed national service improvement plan for gynaecological cancer services
In 2011, the Ministry of Health commissioned Sapere Research Group to develop The National Plan for Gynaecological Services (The Plan), in order to provide guidance to health service providers, funders, and policy makers on the most efficient and effective ways to deliver accessible and equitable high-quality care for New Zealand women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer. The Plan was developed in close collaboration with the Sector including NZGCF. The final report was submitted to the Ministry in late 2011. Key findings included
Gynaecological cancers make up approximately 10% of all cancers and of all cancer-related deaths in New Zealand
In 2007, there were 899 gynaecological cancers registered and 407 women died of a gynaecological cancer
Endometrial cancer is the most common gynaecological cancer in New Zealand followed by ovarian and cervical
Cancer stage is an important determinant in survival rates. Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rates largely because women with ovarian cancer tend to be diagnosed at a later stage
Gynaecological cancer rates generally increase with age
Maori and Pasifika women have a higher age-standardised incidence of gynaecological cancers
The gynaecological cancer patient’s journey is complex often requiring multiple episodes of care over a number of years
Women generally have better outcomes if they are treated by a specialist gynae-oncologist and reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team
A focus group of women who have experienced gynaecological cancer recommended
that all women have access to a gynae-oncologist for surgery;
a point of contact to provide continuity throughout the journey (e.g. nurse specialist);
that there is increased awareness of gynaecological cancer, its symptoms, and best practice at all levels including consumers and providers
- Current challenges include building a sustainable workforce, ensuring equitable access to services, and data collection.
To read the full report including the recommendations made to the Ministry, please click here.
The NZGCF team
This year's Entertainment Books are now available. Each purchase through the link below helps support our work raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of gynae cancers. Free postage on all Entertainment Books purchased throughout the month of July. Thanks in advance for your support
Cancer in New Zealand: a critical election issue
As part of its Election Manifesto 2011, CANGO calls on the next New Zealand government to take action to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in New Zealand and to address inequalities relating to cancer diagnosis and treatment. To read the full Manifesto please click here.
New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation is a member of CANGO (Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations), an alliance of eight prominent New Zealand cancer charities – Cancer Society of New Zealand, Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa, Child Cancer Foundation, Hospice New Zealand, Leukaemia & Blood Foundation, New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, and The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
The group was formed in 2007 in an effort to increase collaboration among cancer charities. Chief Executives of member organisations meet quarterly to discuss key issues facing the sector; to meet and share information with representatives from the Ministry of Health, Cancer Control New Zealand, and others working in cancer-related areas; and to work together on specific initiatives that reflect the shared goal of all members to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer on New Zealand and New Zealanders.
Wild Poppies Supports NZGCF
We are fortunate to be able to give away a fabulous bunch of flowers every month, as a result of support from Wild Poppies.
Please support them for supporting us, purchase from them when you next need flowers - www.wildpoppies.co.nz.
We need you to share your story!
Send us your story to become a Featured Woman in our Women's Gallery. All we need is a short story of your journey (approximately 250-300 words) and a recent photo. You will also receive a beautiful bunch of flowers from Wild Poppies.
To read Featured Woman stories, please click here, or to register, click here.
B is for Bloating (it is persistent and doesn't come and go)
E is for Eating (difficulty eating & feeling full more quickly)
A is for Abdominal (and pelvic pain you feel most days)
T is for Talking (tell your GP)
Click here to go to the Ovacome UK website to read more.