May 19, 2020
Sarfati confirmed in top cancer role
An academic who has led advances in understanding of ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes has been named chief executive of the Cancer Control Agency.
Professor Diana Sarfati has been acting in the role since the agency was established in December to coordinate care and be the government’s principal advisor on cancer.
As the head of the University of Otago’s public health department, Professor Sarfati earned a world-leading reputation in cancer control strategy and research.
Deputy State Services Commissioner Helene Quilter says she will drive the system change needed to achieve the ambitious goals in the 10-year New Zealand Cancer Action Plan, including achieving equity of outcomes for Māori and Pacific people.
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