Community cancer korero coming
Another community hui is planned to help whanau understand cancer and the importance of early detection.
Ditre Tamatea, GM Maori Health and Vulnerable Populations says reducing the impact and incidence of cancer among Maori is a top health priority.
“Cancer causes the most illness and death among Maori and it is critical for us to work across many fronts to address this issue and reduce inequity.”
Nelson Marlborough Health, the Cancer Society, Te Piki Oranga, and Victory Community Centre are hosting the second ‘Cancer Korero’ hui next month in Nelson, with further hui to be held in Golden Bay, Motueka and Blenheim before the end of the year.
Lorraine Staunton, Educator- Cancer Pathways for Maori with the Nelson Marlborough Health Te Waka Hauora Māori health team says the purpose of the community hui is to increase awareness for Maori about cancer signs and symptoms.
“We also want to stress the extreme importance of early detection, and to let whanau know about the cancer pathways and processes available,” she says.
Comments from the korero
Lorraine says at the previous meeting whanau expressed how the hui gave them the courage to discuss issues with their whanau and how it helped them take a serious look at their own personal health issues.
“These hui are a great opportunity to be empowered with knowledge and understanding around cancer, and this will contribute to better health outcomes for our whanau.”
The more we talk about it, the more we know about it; join the cancer korero on Thursday 13 July at 5.30pm at the Victory Community Centre. A free supper is provided and there will be spot prizes. Registrations are appreciated. Call (03) 546 8389 or email here.