The New Zealand Research Foundation of the ANZHNCS

Funding vital research into head and neck cancer for a better future

imageOur Vision

To promote prevention, early detection, and improved treatment of patients with cancer in the head and neck area.


Please click here to download our brochure and donation form

imageFor more information

For more information on the above or other ideas on how you can help fund-raise for the Foundation please contact Gaye McDonnell, Secretary of the New Zealand Research Foundation of the Australian & New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society.

Phone: 0800 376 554
Post: PO Box 301, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

About us 

The NEW ZEALAND RESEARCH FOUNDATION (the Foundation) of the Australian and New Zealand Head & Neck Cancer Society (ANZHNCS) is a charitable organisation established to foster research to improve the lives of people diagnosed with cancer in the head and neck area. 


Our Mission 

To improve outcomes of patients affected by cancer in the head and neck area by raising funds to support research facilities and researchers to better understand these cancers with the ultimate aim of developing more effective treatment. 


Message from the Chair 

As a surgeon treating patients with cancer of the head and neck for more than 20 years, I have seen incremental improvements in the management of affected patients, as a result of basic and clinical research. 

Multidisciplinary care that provides coordinated treatment offers the opportunity for optimal preservation of the quality of life and improved cure. However, more needs to be done as the currently available treatment remains harsh and the cure rates have only improved marginally over the last 40 years. 

It is only through perseverance in research that better strategies for prevention and early detection, and more effective treatments can be realised. 

Through the Foundation, it is the mission of the ANZHNCS to promote such research, for the benefit of our patients. 

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to join us and help us achieve our goals by donating to this worthy cause. I thank you for your generosity. 

Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon and Research Scientist 
Past-President, ANZHNCS


Our Trustees

imageDr Robert Allison MBChB, DCH, FRACS

Dr Allison is an otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon at Christchurch Hospital as well as in private practice with an interest in head and neck surgery. He completed surgical training (FRACS) in New Zealand before doing Fellowships in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery in the United Kingdom and The Netherland. He is a Past Examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is current President of the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery.


imageDr John Chaplin MBChB, FRACS

Dr Chaplin is a head and neck cancer surgeon based in Auckland. He trained in New Zealand, New York and Sydney. He is a key member of the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Team based at Auckland City Hospital and he has extensive experience in managing patients with head and neck cancers and expertise in reconstruction of complex defects following the removal of tumours. Dr Chaplin is the Secretary for the Head and Neck Group of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is a Founding Member of the ANZHNCS. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Auckland, is involved research, and has published extensively.



Ross Martin BCA, FCA

Mr Martin is a company director and a passionate New Zealander who lives in Wellington. He believes all New Zealanders should have ready access to quality healthcare. He is a chartered accountant and is the Chair of Wellington Free Ambulance and is a trustee of Life Flight Trust, Wellington's rescue helicopter. 



Dr Andrew Macann MBChB, FRANZCR

Dr Macann is the Clinical Leader for Head and Neck Cancer Service in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Auckland City Hospital. He was the Trial Chairman for the RadioHUM clinical trial involving 11 centres in Australia and New Zealand which assessed the role of domiciliary humidification in mitigating symptoms associated with inflammation of the mouth and throat during radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. This study was administered by the Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG), which runs clinical trials in cancer involving radiotherapy. Dr Macann co-chairs the Quality of Life working party of TROG.


imageDr Swee Tan ONZM, MBBS, FRACS, PhD (Chair)

Dr Tan is a head and neck cancer surgeon and research scientist. He is the Founder and Director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute based in Wellington. Dr Tan was the Past President of the ANZNHCS and is a member of the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer teams at the Wellington Regional Hospital and Palmerston North Hospital. He is the Founder and Inaugural Chair of the NZRF of the ANZHNCS.