About us

The New Zealand Family Cancer Service is a team of health professionals who provide genetic (genetic counselling) and medical care, supporting New Zealanders and their families who may be concerned about their personal or family history of cancer.

Our vision is that all New Zealanders can access trained, trusted and skilled professionals, from the comfort of their own home or where you are comfortable talking with us.

Our Team

Our team of family cancer specialists comprises health professionals with the following areas of expertise:

  • breast cancer
  • women’s cancers
  • chemotherapy treatment
  • colorectal (bowel cancers)
  • genetic risk assessment (provided by our NZ based Genetic Counsellors)
  • psychology services

Our health professionals are also part of a larger cancer care network, and have relationships with cancer gene specialists, radiologists, gastroenterologists, plastic surgeons and specialist nurses, across New Zealand.

Meet The Team

Medical Specialists

Dr. Dynes McConnell

Gynecological Oncologist

Dr. Eletha Taylor

Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Dr. Ai Ling Tan

Gynecological Oncologist

Dr. Peter C. Fong

Consultant Medical Oncologist

Genetic Counsellors

Alice Christian

Certified Genetic Counsellor

Jan Sullivan

Certified Genetic Counsellor

Emma Felix

Certified Genetic Counsellor

Psychology Support

Dr. Geraldine Tennant

Health Psychologist

Ian Dowdall

Business / Practice Manager

What Our Patients Are Saying


The New Zealand Family Cancer Service is represented by our logo.

Central to this are three koru representing;

  • Whanau – being an extended family
  • Hapu – a grouping of people through descent
  • Iwi – people bound together by descent from common ancestors

Which gives rise to the family tree.

The hands that hold the koru symbolise our commitment to support individuals and their families who suffer from increased cancer risk.

Giving Back

We at the New Zealand Family Cancer Service are united by a singular purpose – we want to make a difference. We give back to programmes or community groups that are working hard to reduce the cancer burden in New Zealand.


Family Cancer Service logo
Our service is honoured to have had Nuki Aldridge’s feedback on our logo.

Te Taumata Kaumaatua Ngaphuinui tonu. Te Wakameninga o nga hapu Ngapuhi.
“Ka ti ra e te rangatira a Nuki, tiaki mo te kupu o He Wakaputanga me Tiriti,
moe mai ra, moe mai ra, moe mai ra, haere, haere, haere atu ra”.

20 May 1934 – 30 October 2017

Photography for Family Cancer Service
Special thanks to Susan and Haki Watene. Photographed by Sue Gee at Te Noho Kotahitanga Marae, Unitec are four generations of the Watene whānau. Susan is afilliated with Ngati Porou, East Cape and Haki with Ngati Whatua, Tamaki Makaurau.

The centrepiece of the marae is a magnificent whare whakairo (carved meeting house) ‘Ngākau Māhaki’, which was built and designed by Te Arawa master carver Dr Lyonel Grant. Opened in March 2009, Ngākau Māhaki was the first whare whakairo in nearly a century that has been created using traditional architectural approaches.

New Zealand Family Cancer Service acknowledges eviQ as a valuable resource in developing our website.

For further information on eviQ – www.eviq.org.au