NZ chronic pain care model

The NZ Ministry of Health/Faculty of Pain Medicine Expert Advisory Group (EAG) had its first meeting in Wellington on 2 June setting the groundwork for a national model of care to cover chronic pain.

The group of 12 is made up of representatives from across the pain management spectrum. The group is investigating overseas models of care and designing a New Zealand-specific system that can be used across the country.
The timing fits in well with the new Health and Disability System reforms that come into place in July next year. This is when all the 20 district health boards are disbanded and Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority take up leadership of a national health system.
The FPM New Zealand National Committee (NZNC) chair Dr Tipu Aamir, deputy chair Dr Duncan Wood, vice FPM dean Dr Kieran Davis and committee member Dr Leinani Aiono-Le Tagaloa attended the meeting after the FPM NZNC helped to set up the membership of the advisory group.
Dr Aamir says the two-hour meeting made more progress than expected with the hub and spoke framework (as outlined in FPM’s Sapere Report on chronic pain) being seen as the best model to remedy what he says they all agreed is, “the current diabolical inequitable services that exist across the country.”
The group, chaired by the Ministry of Health, will meet again in July to look specifically at how the system will work across primary, secondary and tertiary services.

Last updated 10:39 10.06.2021