Can­cer So­ci­ety sup­port now on of­fer

South Taranaki Star - - STARS PAST - JANE MATTHEWS

Can­cer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies will no longer have to travel to New Ply­mouth to see some­one from the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Janine Luke-Taa­maru, the sup­port­ive care co-or­di­na­tor for Taranaki, will now be based in South Taranaki once a week of­fer­ing her guid­ance and sup­port where it is needed.

‘‘My role is sup­port­ing fam­i­lies and their fam­ily mem­ber through the day-to-day chal­lenges so they can fo­cus on them­selves get­ting well,’’ Luke-Taa­maru said.

‘‘I think peo­ple are peo­ple so it’s about be­ing able to give time and to stop and lis­ten.’’

Luke-Taa­maru has been in her role for more than two years, and been in­volved with so­cial work for more than 20 years.

Now, on Wed­nes­days she will be based at the Te Ara Pae Trust build­ing at 276 High St, Ha¯ wera from 10am-3pm. She will do lo­cal home vis­its too.

‘‘We have re­sources here, we have coun­selling in South Taranaki that we’ve co-or­di­nated, we have mas­sage avail­able in South Taranaki that we’ve been able to get up and run­ning so it elim­i­nates peo­ple hav­ing to travel to New Ply­mouth,’’ LukeTaa­maru said.

‘‘And we’re al­ways hop­ing to grow ser­vices in South Taranaki be­cause it’s im­por­tant that we’re able to pro­vide sup­port through­out Taranaki.’’

A lot of Luke-Taa­maru’s role is link­ing peo­ple to other ser­vices that they may need.

‘‘I’m not the spe­cial­ist in all of the ser­vices that are out there, but I know peo­ple who are.’’

Luke-Ta­maaru is proud to now of­fer her sup­port Taranaki-wide.

‘‘My area is: the north­ern end is Mo¯ kau and the south­ern end is Waver­ley.’’

If peo­ple aren’t reg­is­tered with the Taranaki Can­cer So­ci­ety, Luke-Taa­maru rec­om­mended giv­ing her a call.

‘‘Nor­mally it’s the con­ver­sa­tion that cre­ates the visit that cre­ates the re­la­tion­ship that will cre­ate, maybe, a re­fer­ral and then they’ll be able to ac­cess all the other things,’’ she said.

‘‘Re­fer­ral to the ser­vice can be done by the in­di­vid­ual, can be done by a fam­ily friend, can be done by a GP or on­col­ogy ward - it just means the per­son needs to give con­sent for that to hap­pen.’’

If any­one is in­ter­ested in get­ting in con­tact with LukeTaa­maru email janine@tarana­ki­cancer­so­ci­

Janine Luke-Taa­maru will be based in South Taranaki each Wed­nes­day for sup­port for the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

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