News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


One clear voice for palliative care

Palliative Care Advisory Committee (PCAC)

One clear voice for palliative care

A palliative care advisory group is likely to recommend to the Ministry of Health to set up a national umbrella organisation that brings together all the principal interests in palliative care across New Zealand, enabling them to “speak with one clear voice.

“We see Palliative Care New Zealand as committed to a future where everyone who needs it has access to good palliative care,” said advisory group chair Dr Kate Grundy, Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Director of Palliative Care, Christchurch Hospital.

A group to provide national leadership was identified as a real need in the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy Action Plan 2005-2010 and the Ministry has contracted the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners to provide services and support to the advisory group.

Dr Grundy said the group sees PCNZ in a role to
- Provide a forum and voice for users, providers and funders
- Provide national leadership and advocacy in palliative care
- Work in partnership to influence policy development
- Promote best practice in palliative care.

The Cancer Control Strategy identified several areas of concern on which PCNZ will be able to focus, including equity of access to timely palliative care for both urban and rural centres and palliative care provision for Maori and Pacific peoples.

“We plan a major consultation round, starting May -June, and are trying to cast the net as widely as we can,” Dr Grundy said.

The advisory group wants to hear from interested parties who wish to contribute to the discussion as they build the strategic and business cases required for the new organisation.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
K Emma Ng's Old Asian, New Asian

This book, written by a young second-generation Chinese New Zealander, gives many examples of the racism that Asian New Zealanders experience. More>>