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Cancer support programmes for Māori whānau

There are unacceptable ethnic differences in cancer survival in Aotearoa and an identified gap in cancer support service provision that meet the needs of Māori whanau. The proposed research is an intervention study involving three Māori health organisations. The aims of the study are to: (1) assess the challenges and benefits of implementing and delivering a Māori cancer support whānau programme; and (2) develop a framework of sustainability for a Māori cancer support whanau programme. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with Māori provider staff who will be trained as facilitators to deliver the programme and cancer patients and their whanau both before the programme is implemented and then at one year post implementation to assess whether a cancer support programme consistent with a whanau ora approach meets the needs of Māori living with cancer. Findings will be presented at hui with all facilitators, co-investigators, patients and whānau.

July 2016


  • Tira Albert
  • Mana Wahine, NZ
  • Pauline Wharerau
  • Best Care (Whakapai Hauora) Charitable Trust, NZ
  • Janis Awatere
  • Cherie Seamark
  • Kapiti Coast District Council, NZ
  • Triny Ruhe
  • Whaiora Whanui Trust, NZ
  • Dr Anna Matheson
  • Massey University, NZ
  • Dr Lis Ellison-Loschmann


  • Health Research Council of New Zealand