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Improving the quantity and quality of life for Māori with cancer

72 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Jason Gurney
Health issue:
Cancer (oncology)
Proposal type:
Māori Health Emerging Leader Fellowship
Lay summary
It has been estimated that Maori are 20% more likely to develop cancer – but nearly 80% less likely to survive it. The aim of this Fellowship is to identify the needs and strategies to improve the quantity and quality of life for Maori with cancer. The researcher will: a) identify and prioritise cancers that require the most urgent attention to improve Maori survival outcomes; b) investigate the most important quality-of-life priorities for Maori with terminal cancer; c) examine the extent to which survival and quality-of-life/palliative care factors are modifiable, and at what level; and d) propose social and health service investments required to improve the quality and quantity of life for Maori with cancer.