Pain service model of care a step closer

New Zealand’s new pain service mode of care is a step closer after the second meeting of the expert advisory group.

The New Zealand Ministry of Health Expert Advisory Group (EAG) held the meeting by Zoom on 6 October firming up details of a proposed Pain Services National Model of Care.

The group of 12 is made up of representatives from across the pain management spectrum including fellows of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM). These are FPM New Zealand National Committee chair Dr Duncan Wood, FPM vice dean Dr Kieran Davis, board member Dr Tipu Aamir and committee member Dr Leinani Aiono-Le Tagaloa. The ANZCA New Zealand office and New Zealand National Committee have been instrumental in selecting the members of the EAG and facilitating the process.

The first meeting identified services in New Zealand and explored overseas models of care that could be adapted to the environment in the country. The latest meeting established the principles that will underpin the new Pain Services Model of Care.

The model is being designed to be ready in time for the new Health and Disability System reforms that come into place in July next year. At that point, 20 district health boards (DHBs) will be disbanded and Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority will take up leadership of a national health system.

The group, chaired by the Ministry of Health, will meet again in coming weeks to look at specifics of the model of care before inviting other parties, such as the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and (DHB) operations, to the table

Last updated 14:16 12.10.2021