News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Cars for health workers - equal access to breast screening

July 8 2013

Cars for health workers target equal access to breast screening

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation has given 12 cars to breast screening services around the country, to help improve access to screening and diagnostic testing for Maori and Pacific Island women.

The cars, Prius and Avensis models donated by Toyota New Zealand on a two-year lease, have been delivered to “hot spots”– areas where the uptake of mammogram screening is below the 70% target – identified by the BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) national screening unit.

“While the screening programme has done a wonderful job in enrolling just over 70% of eligible New Zealand women, there are some areas where barriers to access such as poverty, distance or lack of transport have led to a lower uptake,” explained Segolene de Fontenay, corporate fundraising manager at the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. “Sadly, Maori and Pacific Island women have worse breast cancer outcomes, with a mortality rate more than forty percent higher than European women. When Toyota offered us the cars, we jumped at the chance to address these inequities.”

The cars will be used for the next two years by BSA staff and contracted providers, such as district health boards and Maori trusts, in Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, mid-central North Island, Taranaki and Christchurch. Staff will transport women to screening mammograms and, if necessary, to further diagnostic procedures and treatment.

Dr Marli Gregory, clinical leader at BreastScreen Aotearoa, says the cars are an important piece in the jigsaw of improving access to breast screening. “There are still pockets where screening coverage of eligible women could be much higher, and these are the women the cars will help us reach.”

Dr Gregory said that in addition to providing vital transport, the car journey will offer opportunities for one-on-one conversations between women and health workers that might not otherwise happen, potentially leading to overall better understanding and use of health services.

Segolene de Fontenay said the gift would not have been possible without Toyota’s generosity, and the project is an example of effective partnership between the not-for-profit, public and private sectors.

“We believe in trying to make a difference, and we’re convinced the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s use of these cars to improve access to screening will make a difference for New Zealand women,” said Steve Prangnell, Toyota New Zealand general manager.

About NZBCF
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that depends on Individual donations, community fundraising, grants from trusts and foundations and partnerships with business for its work in breast cancer education and awareness, medical research and training grants, advocacy, and supporting women with breast cancer. The NZBCF’s programmes are evidence-based, overseen by its medical advisory committee. The pink ribbon symbol is a trademark of the NZBCF in New Zealand.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Shipped On A Bottle: Young Change-Makers Take To The Sea On Plastic Bottle Kayaks

With the aim of harnessing innovative design to construct kayaks solely from recycled materials, the “waste positive” project Plastic Bottle Kayak brings adventure into Kiwi classrooms. The call is out now for classrooms to send in messages and artwork to be inserted into the bottles. More>>

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news