About Us

We are dedicated to
Facilitating Communication Assisting Advocacy Promoting Research Further Education Improving Care of People Affected by Cancer


Excellence in psychosocial oncology

Oncology Social Work Australia & New Zealand (OSWANZ) is a non-profit, incorporated national organisation dedicated to the enhancement of psychosocial services to people with cancer and their families.

This specialist body was formed to assist social workers in their practice and currently has over 140 active members who strive for excellence in the psychosocial care of people with cancer and those affected by cancer, through networking, education, advocacy, research and resource development.

OSWANZ Members

    • Practise in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home care and palliative care, patient advocacy organisations and other settings.
    • Link individuals diagnosed with cancer and their families with essential community, regional, state, national and international resources.
    • Are an integral part of the multidisciplinary oncology team.
    • All oncology social workers adhere to the AASW Code of Ethics OR the SWRB Code of Conduct and/or ANZASW Code of Ethics.

For people diagnosed with cancer, an oncology social worker is an important member of the health-care team. An oncology social worker provides services including:

  • Supportive counselling regarding grief and loss, crisis, body image, sexual and intimacy, carer issues, role and identity changes etc.
  • Education around psychosocial impacts of cancer and strategies for addressing these
  • Information and referrals to community resources
  • Support groups
  • Family meetings
  • Discharge planning
  • Advocacy for cancer patients and their families/carers
  • Help to navigate the health-care system
  • Practical assistance with financial difficulties, accommodation and transport concerns

our mission

To maintain and enhance an ethical professional organisation for a membership actively engaged in providing best practice evidence informed psychosocial cancer care for patients, their families and friends; and, leadership in advocating for social justice on their behalf.   

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Registration Details

Wellington, New Zealand 9th, 10th & 11th November 2023 Naumi Hotel & Conference Centre Workshop: 8th November (further details to be announced).
Early Bird Extended

Conference Accommodation

Located right in the centre of Wellington, Naumi Studio Hotel Wellington will host the 2023 joint OSWANZ/PONZ Conference. See all the accomodation options with exclusive discounts here or download the Naumi Studio Hotel brochure below

Draft Programme

Download our draft programme for the 2023 Conference here.
Updated 21/09

About Our Theme

Our theme celebrates the idea that with the right guidance, everyone working in cancer care can make a difference to the life of someone with cancer and their whānau, no matter what their training or speciality.

Pre Conference Workshop

Introduction to Focussed Acceptance and Committment Therapy (fACT) with Kristy Haslam, Psychologist & Trainer

Call For Abstracts Closed

Oncology Social Work Australia New Zealand and Psychosocial oncology New Zealand have closed its collection of abstracts for our upcoming conference. Past details still available below.