On behalf of the PONZ committee we would like to warmly welcome you to our website.

It is an exciting time in the development of psychosocial oncology support and research within New Zealand. As our organisation grows we are seeking to support professionals as they deliver integrated health care services adapted to the psychological, social, spiritual and physical needs of people with cancer and their family/whanau.

While psychosocial oncology has been slow to evolve within New Zealand, momentum is now gathering. One exciting development was the release in 2010 of the Ministry of Health document titled “Guidance for Improving Supportive Care for Adults with Cancer in New Zealand”. This provided DHBs with objectives and suggested practice to enhance provision of psycho-social support for those affected by cancer.

While many factors have contributed to the gathering momentum we are pleased to note the role that PONZ has played in this development. PONZ conferences continue to provide information, support, encouragement and collegial links for those with an interest in psychosocial-oncology throughout New Zealand.

It is hoped that this website will offer resources for health professionals working in this area. As time goes by we hope to provide you with up to date links with the latest research and newest practice as well as information about educational and training opportunities to facilitate the professional development of our multi-disciplinary workforce. We are planning that the website will also provide opportunities for health professionals to develop and maintain collegial relationships.

We would like to encourage all health professionals with an interest in this area to join us as members of PONZ. Together we are able to achieve so much more than we can as individuals.

Kathryn Taylor
PONZ President