NB: Update 9 March 2021. Please note this study is no longer open for recruitment.

Research has shown that certain lifestyle factors and health behaviours can have a positive impact upon quality of life, chronic disease risk factors and other health related areas, for women after cancer. A team of leading Australian and New Zealand health researchers is undertaking a study to pilot a positive lifestyle intervention in New Zealand women. This aims to improve health and wellness in younger women after treatment for cancer.

As well as the main study, the Kōwhai Study, which is run by Cancer Trials NZ and is open to all women across New Zealand, there is also a sub-study, run via hui in Auckland and recruiting younger Māori women from the Auckland region. This involves a programme specifically developed for Māori women, beginning with a pōwhiri at Umupuia Marae with Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell.

Participants will be involved for 12 weeks as they work through the interactive programme, with support and advice to guide them via a book and at 3 hui/meetings (weeks 1, 6 and 12). The face to face meetings will be in a supportive environment and will help guide participation/engagement in the programme. Participants will then come back at 24 weeks for a final hui to reflect and give feedback on the study. The first hui will take place in February 2021.

The research team is looking for Māori women who live in Auckland and are:

  • aged 18 years or over
  • have completed treatment for breast cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) in the last 24 months (you can be on endocrine therapy)
  • have no metastatic (advanced) disease.

For more information see this flyer or contact Tess Moeke-Maxwell at t.moeke-maxwell@auckland.ac.nz or tel/text 021 240 4666.

Updated 9 Dec 2020

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