How we work to create a future with less cancer
The Health Promotion team work to create a future with less cancer for our children and grandchildren. We promote strategies that are proven to be effective for preventing cancers and are based on high quality evidence.
We do this by working strategically with decision makers such as MPs and Council to create policy and legislation that will improve the health our communities. We focus on the following key areas where certain cancers can be prevented:
Achieving a Smokefree Auckland has been the main focus for the Health Promotion team since 2011. Effective advocacy supported by communities has resulted in Auckland Council setting Smokefree targets and committing to a Smokefree Policy right across Auckland. This means that many of the places where we work, live and play throughout Auckland are now Smokefree.
A key achievement in skin cancer prevention has also been as a result of the Cancer Society working closely with Auckland Council. Since 2014 young people under the age of 18 can no longer use sunbeds in Auckland. This is the first policy of its kind in New Zealand.
Achieving a Smokefree Northland is a key focus for the Health Promotion team. As a result all three councils have Smokefree policies in place across Northland. This means that many of the places where we work, live and play throughout Northland are now Smokefree.
Another key area for Northland is ensuring local schools have SunSmart policies in place. Currently 56% of Northland schools are either already accredited or actively involved in gaining accreditation. A BIG thank you Northland schools, for making this commitment to SunSmart and the protection of our tamariki. We encourage more schools to become involved.