NZ model of care for pain a step closer
11 August 2022
A national model of care for chronic pain, developed with an expert advisory group of clinicians and the Ministry of Health, is a step closer for Aotearoa New Zealand following a meeting this week.
The Dean of FPM Dr Kieran Davis along with the chair and immediate past chair of the FPM NZNC Dr Duncan Wood and Dr Tipu Aamir met with the lead at the Ministry on Tuesday. The Mamaenga roa Model of Care for people living with chronic pain is en route to the Minister of Health and will be with the new Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand and the Te Aka Whai Ora Māori Health Authority early next week.
The final version was signed off by the Expert Advisory Group (EAG) at their meeting in July. This group, facilitated by FPM and made up of some of our leading thinkers on chronic pain, has produced an evidence-based model of care that will be equitable and sustainable for New Zealand.
The model of care framework that has been designed is based on a collaborative and inclusive approach examining current services, international models, how workforce can be sustainable, how it can be flexible to meet the changing needs of the population and how it can have accountable clinical leadership. The sheer breadth of the stakeholders involved and the timing, coinciding with the implementation of the country’s health reforms on 1 July, means this model of care has the potential to change the landscape for people suffering from chronic pain in New Zealand.
Dr Kieran Davis says it has taken many years of relentless lobbying by FPM, raising public and political awareness, to get to this point. “There are a few more steps for the model to be made a reality under New Zealand’s new national Pae Ora health system but there is huge optimism it will be one of the first national models. It is seen as gold standard by the leaders in the Ministry of Health with the way it has been developed across specialties to provide access to pain health services in both hospitals and communities including through Māori health providers.”
Dr Davis plays tribute to the former and present chairs of the FPM New Zealand National Committees and the extraordinary effort of Dr Tipu Aamir. “Dr Aamir has been the person who shepherded the forming of the expert advisory group and the work that has got us to this point. He has done it with great understanding and grace which has resulted in the huge buy-in we have today.”