On Monday 19 June the College's CEO Helen Morgan-Banda met with Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) Aotearoa Chair Dr Salina Iupati to sign a Memorandum of Joint Objectives (MOJO), recognising the essential and growing role GPs play coordinating and delivering primary palliative care services.
The memorandum reflects the intentions of both organisations to jointly improve the delivery of palliative care services in the community.
“This event marks the start of a partnership, supporting each other to meet shared priorities,” says Ms Morgan-Banda.
“The idea of having a MOJO arose in response to the Ministry of Health's recent Review of Adult Palliative Care Services in New Zealand and the related Palliative Care Action Plan,” she says.
“The review and action plan highlighted a projected growing need for palliative care treatment in New Zealand in the next two decades, in particular in primary palliative care.”
Dr Iupati says the College and ANZSPM both recognised the need to have increased cooperation between primary and secondary sectors’ palliative care services in order to meet the needs of an ageing population.
“We are particularly mindful of an increasing number of deaths resulting from chronic long-term conditions,” says Dr Iupati.
“The MOJO will help identify how our organisations can work together to strengthen and support primary and community-based palliative care and those working within it.”
Ms Morgan-Banda adds that the College will ensure GPEP registrars have access to quality palliative care learning resources and clinical experience, and that the College will also develop post-Fellowship resources and training opportunities in palliative care.