Standards of Service Provision for Melanoma Patients in New Zealand – Provisional

Standards of Service Provision for Melanoma Patients in New Zealand – Provisional, which were published by the Ministry of Health in December 2013, can be found here.

The standards are one of a series being developed by the Ministry of Health to promote nationally coordinated and consistent standards of service provision across New Zealand. Their aim is "to ensure efficient and sustainable best-practice management of tumours, with a focus on equity".

The Melanoma Standards were developed by the National Melanoma Tumour Standards Working Group, members of which represented key specialities and interests across the melanoma pathway of care. Chaired by Richard Martin, a cutaneous surgical oncologist, the group included a number of members of MelNet and of the MelNet Executive Committee.

In developing the Melanoma Standards, the Working Group referred to existing evidence-based standards, clinical guidelines and patient pathways. Where no clear evidence was available, expert opinion was obtained through the Group and its advisors.

Other provisional tumour standards recently published by the Ministry of Health include those for bowel, breast, gynaecological, head and neck, lymphoma, myeloma, thyroid, sarcoma and upper gastrointestinal cancers. Standards for lung cancer were published in 2011.