Auckland/Northland Head and Neck Service Review

A review of the provision of Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) services in the Northern region (Auckland/Northland) was commissioned by the Cancer Board and the Service Review Group, with the outputs to be presented to the Regional Executives Forum. The terms of reference for the review are included in Appendix 1 of the report but by way of summary the review objectives were to: 

 Review current service delivery provision arrangements for Head and Neck Cancer, identifying the strengths and issues with the current service provision arrangements 

 Consider projected future growth of demand for Head and Neck Cancer Services and the international evidence in regard to service delivery and explore options for future service delivery 

 Recommend a preferred service delivery model for the Head and Neck Tumour Stream and other actions that should be taken to improve service delivery 

This review is based on a review of international evidence, trends and discussions held with all available senior clinicians providing the service, plus interviews with over 100 other staff and patients. It takes a 10-15 year view of the future of the service and aligns with the Long Term Investment Plan for the provision of cancer services. 

The key findings, conclusions and recommendations from this review are set out below, with further detail provided in the full report. 


We invite you to provide feedback and comments on the recommendations of report. We have created a short survey which will take about 10 minutes to complete. Please feel free to share your thoughts. You do not need to live in the Auckland/Northland region, and we invite those from overseas to share as well. We will filter the final results, but we are very keen to get a broad understanding of the current thinking of the affected people by head and neck cancer.

Please follow the link to the survey. All your responses are anonymous.

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Authored by Diana Ayling

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