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MidCentral DHB Cancer Social Workers

Cancer Network Group Service


8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


We can support you and your family/whānau as you come to terms with your diagnosis and the impact it may have in your day-to-day life, now and in the future.

How we can help

Emotional impact
Oncology social workers can offer support and the opportunity to talk through the impact of your diagnosis and the many changes it may bring to you and your loved ones.

This may be your first experience of being in hospital and social workers can walk alongside you as you navigate your way through this unfamiliar system.

You may have concerns about how treatment will affect your finances and employment. We can work through strategies with you and act as an advocate if required.

Travelling for treatment
For people arriving from out of town, there are a number of challenges associated with travelling for treatment. Social workers can support you through this difficult transition and help you to foster connections with people and services in Palmerston North. It is also important to maintain links with your own community cancer services. We can provide you with contact details and information.

Home-based supports
We can help you access support in your home depending on your assessed needs.

Depending on how treatment makes you feel, you may find that the roles you play in life and the relationships you have change with time.  Sometimes change can be difficult so we are available to support you and your loved ones with this.

Where to find us: See the MidCentral DHB hospital maps here.

You can also find your way around Palmerston North Hospital quickly and easily using your smartphone. Download our free Navigation App below.



We are a team of registered social workers with a cancer focus.

How do I access this service?

Contact us

You may be referred by your treating medical team or feel free to contact us for more information.


8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Labour Day (24 Oct), Wellington Anniversary (23 Jan), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (7 Apr), Easter Sunday (9 Apr), Easter Monday (10 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (5 Jun), Matariki (14 Jul).

Services Provided


  • Support during treatment
  • Support for family/whānau/partners

Welfare & advocacy services

  • Advocacy services

Hospitals and cancer treatment centres

  • Social work

Supportive health

  • Social work

Cancer Types

Breast, Childhood Cancers, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Lung, Prostate, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Others, Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Sarcoma

Contact Details

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

50 Ruahine Street
Palmerston North
Manawatu-Wanganui 4414

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Street Address

50 Ruahine Street
Palmerston North
Manawatu-Wanganui 4414

Postal Address

50 Ruahine Street
Private Bag 11036
Palmerston North 4442

This page was last updated at 2:56PM on February 10, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by MidCentral DHB Cancer Social Workers.