Regional oncology social work director settles in
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27 March 2013
 
Making sure she meets with most, if not all, social workers employed across the Whanganui and MidCentral region is a top priority for recently appointed regional oncology social work director Sue Wragg.
 
Aware her part-time, two-year appointment is the result of a push from the Central Cancer Network and regional social workers, Mrs Wragg is keen to hear firsthand how they think the service could be improved.
 
The two DHBs consider Mrs Wragg’s role a positive approach to ensuring ongoing professional development of the workforce responsible for providing social work services to people with cancer and the families who support them.
 
“We believe it will give social workers a strong voice as work around faster cancer treatment progresses,” says regional director of Allied Health Kim Fry.
 
“It’s an exciting opportunity for social workers to have an influence on the way in which cancer services are delivered. By ensuring people’s social needs are met we can improve outcomes for both patients and their families.”
 
Meanwhile, Mrs Wragg says social workers play an integral part in minimising the impact that cancer has on all facets of people’s lives.
 
“It’s an area of work which attracts experienced, dedicated social work practitioners who bring a wealth of knowledge with them. It will be a privilege to work with social workers in this region.”