By Julie Radford-PoupardThe Cartwright Anniversary Seminar, ‘The Future of Cancer Screening in New Zealand: Balancing the Benefits and Risks’, was a one-day forum held on August 7th which aimed to:
- Bring together health practitioners, health consumers and policy makers
- Review the role of screening in the control of cancer
- Review the potential benefits and potential risks of cancer screening
- Explore the future of cancer screening and primary prevention in New Zealand
- Share knowledge and foster debate
Topics include cervical, breast and colorectal cancer screening as well as the potential for primary prevention of these cancers.Forum speakers included Dr. Naomi Brewer, Associate Professor Brian Cox, Dr. Hazel Lewis, Dr. Susan Parry, Professor Ann Richardson, and Associate Professor Diana Sarfati. The powerpoints from some of their talks can be found below.Screening: Balancing the Benefits and Risks: Professor Ann RichardsonOverview of Cervical Cancer and Cervical Cancer Control in New Zealand: Dr. Naomi BrewerThe Future control of Cervical Cancer with a Focus on HPV: Dr. Hazel LewisOverview of Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Control in New Zealand: Associate Professor Diana SarfatiOverview of Breast Screen Aotearoa and Future Issues: Dr. Marli GregoryOverview of Colorectal Cancer and its control in New Zealand: Associate Professor Brian CoxOverview of Colorectal Cancer Screening Policy and the Screening Pilot: Associate Professor Susan ParryOther Approaches to Cancer Control: The Role of Primary Prevention: Associate Professor Diana SarfatiPanel members included: Dr. Hazel Lewis, Dr. Julia Peters, Astrid Koornneef, Dr. Naomi Brewer, Julie Radford-Poupard, Beth Quinlin, Dr. Marli Gregory, Jo Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor Diana Sarfati, Sue Claridge, Professor Emeritus Charlotte Paul, Dr Marli Gregory, Associate Professor Jo Manning, Associate Professor Brian Cox, Associate Professor Susan Parry, Dr. Sarah Derrett, Dr. Terri Green, Claire Austin, Phillida Bunkle, and Dr. Monique Jonas.The powerpoints from some of the panalists be found below:Dr. Terri GreenDr. Sarah DerrettSue Claridge The Cartwright Anniversary Seminar was organised by the Cartwright Collective in association with the Auckland Women’s Health Council and Women’s Health Action.The Cartwright Collective is made up of the following people:Ruth Bonita was one of the founding members of the Auckland Women’s Health Council. In 1999 she was appointed director of NCD Surveillance at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Since her return to NZ in 2007, she has been an emeritus professor at the University of Auckland, with a focus on placing chronic conditions such as cancer, stroke, heart disease and chronic respiratory diseases on the global agenda. She is currently a co-chair of the Lancet NCD Action Group and a Commissioner on the Harvard-Lancet Commission on Women and Health.Phillida Bunkle has long been a women’s health movement activist. With Sandra Coney she initiated the Campaign Against Depo Provera and Fertility Action (later Woman’s Health Action). She and Sandra co-wrote the original Metro article documenting the ‘unfortunate experiment’. She has held senior management positions in three British holistic cancer care centres and provided volunteer advocacy for ME organisations. Phillida has completed an MSc in Integrated Health from Westminster University and now holds practising diplomas in a number of complementary disciplines. She has gained what she describes as ‘invaluable practical experience’ working as a carer for people with ME, cancer and other disabling illnesses.Sandra Coney has had a long involvement in women’s health and consumer issues as a founder of the Campaign Against Depo Provera, Women’s Health Action (formerly Fertility Action) and the Federation of Women’s Health Councils. With Phillida Bunkle she wrote the Metro article that led to the Cartwright Inquiry and has written many articles, papers and books on women’s health, including The Unfortunate Experiment (1988) and editing Unfinished Business: What Happened to the Cartwright Report (1993). She has a QSO for services to women’s health and is currently a member of the Waitemata District Health Board.Jo Fitzpatrick (tribal affiliation: Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu) has been active in the consumer health and disability sector with a particular interest in informed consent. She was the Director of Women’s Health Action Trust for nine years and has represented consumers on a number of health committees. She is currently a member of the National Health IT Board Consumer Forum, the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART), Organ Donation NZ, Diabetes NZ and a board member of the Auckland Women’s Health Council. She is a member of the Institute of Directors.Betsy Marshall has worked in the NGO cancer sector for over 35 years. During the Cartwright Inquiry she assisted Counsel for the Cancer Society’s Auckland Division in presenting evidence on the value and effectiveness of cervical screening. In the years that followed she served on numerous national advisory committees, Ministerial reviews and working parties relating to cancer screening and led the Cancer Society of New Zealand’s involvement in the Gisborne Cervical Screening Inquiry. She also helped establish the New Zealand Cancer Control Trust to represent the interests of cancer NGOs in developing The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and currently is the Executive Director of the Trust.Clare Matheson is the woman who provided the clinical notes that were used in the original Metro article. She was known in the article as ‘Ruth’. She gave testimony at the Inquiry and later wrote a book outlining her experiences at National Women’s Hospital, Fate Cries Enough. She currently is the patient representative on the Cartwright Material Working Party, the brief of which is to archive all the material and information gathered as a result of the research programme at the hospital from the 1950s to the 1980s. Upon retirement from secondary school teaching Clare re-trained as a visual artist, and her work will be exhibited at Northart on Auckland’s North Shore 21 September – 4 October 2015.Julie Radford-Poupard is the Director of Women’s Health Action and consumer representative on the National Cervical Screening Programme Advisory Group. Julie has professional experience in both local and central government, and has worked in areas of sexual health, housing and community, and youth development in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years.Judi Strid, who died in February 2015, was the Director of Advocacy at the office of the Health & Disability Commissioner, a position she held for 10 years. Judi devoted her life to the rights of consumers in the health care system. She was a tireless campaigner on maternity issues in the 1980s and belonged to numerous groups working for greater rights, access to evidence-based information and better care for women giving birth. She was co-ordinator of the Auckland Women’s Health Council in the early 1990s and set up the Women’s Health Information Unit at National Women’s Hospital. Judi also was a passionate advocate for a strategic approach to the control of cancer and was a Trustee of the New Zealand Cancer Control Trust. In 2005 Judi was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to women’s health.Lynda Williams was involved in the formation of the Auckland Women’s Health Council in early 1988. Following the release of the Cartwright Report on 5 August 1988 she was appointed as patient advocate at National Women’s Hospital in 1989. After two and a half years Lynda returned to work at Women’s Health Action, and in 1994 took up the position of co-ordinator of the Auckland Women’s Health Council. She has also worked for the Maternity Services Consumer Council since 1992 and has been a member of the Postnatal Distress Support Network board since 2004.