Maori Cancer Kaiarahi Service

The Māori Cancer Kaiarahi Service is a free service in Southland designed to support Maori and their whānau with high suspicion of/or diagnosis of cancer.

The Kaiarahi Service helps support Maori and their whānau with high suspicion of/or diagnosis of cancer to get the right information, make informed decisions about treatment options, and get to treatment.

The kaiawhina will assist and make the pathway as smooth as possible by

  • Ensuring that you have the information you need to make informed choices about your health and treatment.
  • Making sure you are able to attend all your appointments. The Kaiawhina can attend important appointments with you.
  • Ensuring that you understand medical terms.
  • Helping you and your whanau to access other services to meet your needs.
  • Tautoko with regular phone calls and visits.

Whanau can be referred by: 

  • Self-referral
  • GPs
  • Cancer Society
  • The Hospital
  • Friends
  • Whanau
  • Hospice
  • District Nurses
  • Any health providers and other professionals.

You can be referred at any stage of your journey.

Maori Cancer Kaiarahi Service

are ready to help

Our Team

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Barbara Metzger
Maori Cancer Kaiarahi Service Co-ordinator
Jo Cullen
Maori Cancer Kaiarahi Service Assistant