Nelson Marlborough Health’s He Huarahi Matepukupuku project is funded by the Ministry of Health and aims to improve the ‘cancer pathway’ for Maori people in Te Tau Ihu and Te Waipounamu.

The main goals of the project are to improve:

  • health professionals’ cultural competency 
  • the cultural appropriateness of health services 
  • health literacy within the Maori community by increasing awareness of cancer signs and symptoms and by increasing understanding of the cancer treatment pathways and processes.

The Cancer Korero booklet

The Cancer Korero booklet has been collated to help towards these goals – in particular the goal to improve health literacy and understanding of cancer treatment pathways.

“Through being well-informed about cancer we have a head start on knowing the truth. We can then be prepared to care for our own tinana, but also tautoko whānau or friends going through it.” – Lorraine Staunton, Maori Cancer Pathway Educator, Nelson Marlborough Health.  

The booklet is written with Maori people in mind and includes sections on:

  • cancer definitions and terminology
  • how to reduce your risk of cancer
  • bowel screening
  • community supports.

Download the booklet here.