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Network News Monday 9 July 2018

Kia ora whanau,

Auckland/Northland Service Improvement

The Network volunteers continue to work with the Auckland/Northland Service to implement the recommendations of last year's review. We are seeking ideas for how to improve the Multidisciplinary Team meeting. Many HNC patients, their care givers and family/whanau will…

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Monday News, 18 June

Greetings to everyone

Diana is still in Europe so today's news will be brief.

We welcome Tamara, Nick, Marlene and Mary to our network. These are our new June members so far. 

Most of our discussion is on our closed Facebook group,

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HNCSupport.Aotearoa/?ref=bookmarks but you can contact us via the…

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Auckland/Northland Service Improvement

Five members of our Auckland/Northland group are taking part in workshops looking at aspects of head and neck cancer care like pathway co-design, models of care, the role of dietitians, psychologists and speech langauge therapists. There have been some lively discussions and a sense that the patient's voice is being heard. 

Auckland June…

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Network News 16 April 2018

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Our Network - update
In May we are holding our Annual General Meeting to report on the activity of the Network over the last year, and to elect officers for the 2018/9 year. We will send out through our usual channels our Annual Report, and an invitation to attend our AGM. This year we intend to broadcast our meeting using Zoom. You can access our AGM meeting from here.  …

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Network News - 2 April 2018

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We are one quarter of the way through the year. We hope you have had an enjoyable break over the holiday period. The summer seems to be never ending, and we hope you are enjoying the good weather. 

Recently, a number of our members have shared their stories of head and neck cancer. Three of those stories are highlighted in our most populare posts. Links are below. I highly recommend each of the stories for their unique perspectives of head and neck cancer…

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Network News - Monday 5 February 2018

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6 February is a very special day for New Zealanders. All over the world we are celebrating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (te tiriti O Waitangi) in the Bay of Islands on 6 February 1840. It is from across the bay, from the treaty grounds I write this Network News. There is much excitment in the air as we prepare…

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Network News - Monday 27 November 2017

Ata marie whanau,

Kia ora whanau,

The Auckland Review of Head and Neck Services

None of us are mind readers. And, this I know is true, I cannot see the future. So for the Network to accurately represent your interests in treatment, care and support, we need your help. Please read the report from the Auckland Review…

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Network News - Monday 13 November 2017

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EPatient Dave Visit

It was a great honour to meet Dave de Bronkhart. Dave was a guest of the Waitemata DHB. He spoke to WDHB as part of the CEO lecture series. He kindly shared his time with a smaller workshop which some of us from the Network attended.

Dave's story is moving and fascinating, as his cancer treatment was recommended not by his health care professionals, but through a online patient discussion board. Dave's treatment…

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Network News 2 October 2017

Advocacy for people affected by head and neck cancer - "Nothing About Us Without Us!

The Latin phrase is,  Nihil de nobis, sine nobis. The idea; that no policy should be decided by any representative, without the full and direct participation of those affected by that policy. This principle extends to national, local and sector policy making. It gives the opportunity for full participation from service users, consumers, and…

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Network News, Monday 4 September

Congratulations to our 100th website member, Emma Wilkins of Staffordshire.  We are very pleased that our site has gained so much traction after only 10-11 months. Most of our discussion is over on our closed Facebook group, but the website is doing well too, in terms of viewer-and membership. 

Welcome also to our 101st member, Mere Manning of Napier. Remember that you are all more than welcome to comment under our blog posts or join our forum. 

To Auckland…

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