Ministry of Health Guidelines


Ministry of Health Statistics – Prostate Cancer

  • Registrations: 4219 [2019]; 5-yr rolling average [2015-2019] 3745
  • Deaths: 716 [2019]; 5-yr rolling average [2015-2019] 670

* Data is provisional and subject to change.


Sponsored by the Ministry of Health, Kupe is an online decision support tool to help you or a whanau member decide if they should get a prostate cancer check.

Prostate Cancer Management and Referral Guidance

To provide referral criteria including definitions of high suspicion of prostate cancer for the Faster Cancer Treatment Programme. Published 2015 – Click here to view the Guidelines


Faster Cancer Treatment Targets

The Ministry of Health is working with the health sector to ensure patients have timely access to appointments, tests which detect cancer and cancer treatment. This programme sets out 2 targets that patients should be aware of when they are progressing through their diagnosis and treatment pathway. Not all DHBs are meeting these targets and patients should feel free to seek explanations for any delay in their own treatment if it falls outside these targets.

Measuring and monitoring faster cancer treatment – Link

Guidance on ‘Using active surveillance to manage men with low-risk prostate cancer’ 

The guidance was developed by the Ministry of Health and the Prostate Cancer Working Group (this group includes specialists, researchers and patient advocates). The aim of the clinical guidance is to help reduce the harm caused by unnecessary treatments for men with low-risk prostate cancer. A copy is available here.

The New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029

The Cancer Action Plan provides a pathway to improving cancer outcomes for all New Zealanders, setting out four main goals:

  • New Zealanders have a system that delivers consistent and modern cancer care
  • New Zealanders experience equitable cancer outcomes
  • New Zealanders have fewer cancers
  • New Zealanders have better cancer survival, supportive care and end-of-life care.

In 2019 the Ministry of Health launched Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency, an independent departmental agency with the purpose of providing strong central leadership and implementation of the Cancer Action Plan.

”A New Zealand Layman’s Perspective on Prostate Cancer”
A presentation given by PCFNZ President Mark von Dadelszen at the Tolmar Uro-Oncology Symposium 2015 held in Sydney on June 2015.

Prostate Cancer – Patient Guide 

This Guide, from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) U.S.A. is a consolidation of information about contemporary prostate cancer research, treatment and lifestyle factors. Please note however, that not all treatments, medicines and procedures mentioned in the Guide are available in New Zealand. Source: Prostate Cancer Foundation