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Logo Change

We are changing our logo to incorporate the tui which has been our avatar for over a year. We now need to put it in the logo for the sake of consistency across our many platforms. Kevin's professionally designed logo in Cancer Society colours has served us well but was designed to be free floating and does not suit the circles and squares social media demands of logos. Moreover, we want to change the colours to the international burgundy and ivory of head and…

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Anne Tolley10 MAY, 2017

Easier process for clients with cancer diagnosis Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says Jobseeker Support clients with a cancer diagnosis no longer need to provide multiple medical certificates. “I asked MSD to work with the Cancer Society to help simplify the process for clients with a cancer diagnosis,” says Mrs Tolley. “

Previously clients had to provide multiple medical certificates to defer work obligations which was burdensome…

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Remember those windy dirt and gravel roads of New Zealand's earlier days when you expected to have a car full of dust being pinged by gravel and to bump over  the corrugations, avoiding the dead hawks and swashed possums, coming upon one way bridges and wondering if  it's your turn to wait or theirs.  Is this a more authentic experience than the sealed motorway drive of modern days?…

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The May Meeting

More than an AGM

We used to put out a newsletter after each Auckland meeting but now that the website is up and running, it is no longer necessary. 

The meeting on 4 May was devoted mainly to the AGM but we also had time for introductions and discussion as well as a brief talk by Cara McCarthy of Atos Medical. 

We had three lovely new members, Ngaakete, Elizabeth and David. We welcomed back Suzanne and were pleased to see two clinicians at our…

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Donald Trump referred to himself last year as the “Hemingway of Twitter”.

No, don’t laugh. He has a point. His tweets might be bad (or sick) but Twitter prose at 140 characters a tweet can be beautifully concise like Hemingway’s writing.

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter can be as serious, creative and intelligent as you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be trivial or overly personal.

And social media is brilliant for cancer patients and their families.…

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Wednesday Weekly - 10 May 2017

For anyone diagnosed with a cancer  finding a support network (like this one) is a  first essential.   There will be a plethora of questions and challenges and it is a guarantee someone will have dealt with the same issue – and be prepared to explain how.  The example below, about the mask used during radiotherapy, from the U.K. Macmillan support group  is a good example.  Check on to the link to follow the discussion  through.…

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Network News - 8 May 2017

 

Kia ora everyone

We all encounter various organisations and agencies in our health journey. It's hard to know how well these organisations are performing. Are they meeting their targets, serving their patients, and keeping up with the changing world? When you think about the agencies you interact with you might like to consider three things.

 

1. An effective organisation will have good…

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From Marty Doyle, Australia.

Hi There,

Well the Head and Neck Cancer Support Australia Patients and Carers Book is coming along well and the pages are filling up.

We are still looking for stories from Patients, Carers and Allied Professionals.

If you have been thinking about writing something for the book the final date for submissions is fast approaching

Our copy deadline for content is Wednesday, 19th May 2017

Come…

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Vive la e-revolution ...

What revolution?

I always like a good revolution and it looks as if New Zealand will remodel its health system in the next 3-4 years. (Maybe “revolution” is the wrong word.)

It’s all about ehealth, emedicine, lots of words beginning with e. On the Ministry of Health website is a plan to introduce integrated electronic health records by 2020, as well as other revolutionary eHealth…

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Wednesday Weekly - 3 May 2017

There’s no disputing cancer treatment is expensive, both from the medical side as well as the individual cost with loss of income ,possible home care and so on.  All the same the decision by  the British national health service to stop funding one of the key anti-cancer drugs (nivolumab-opdivo)  seems a serious…

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Hi everyone,

My name is Amy and I have just completed my PhD at the University of Auckland. My thesis investigated the psychological wellbeing of people with head and neck cancer and aimed to see whether a psychologist could help to make treatment more manageable.

My colleagues and I recently published the results of an intervention study. This study randomly assigned newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients to receive standard care or to receive standard care as well as…

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