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  Published: 28/03/2018





Palliative medicine is the study and management of patients with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions who may have a limited prognosis and for whom the focus of care is often quality of life. Palliative medicine involves comprehensive symptom management and support of individuals with life-threatening illnesses along with support of their families, including through the bereavement period. The support involves the control of pain, of other symptoms and psychological, social and spiritual support.

The Palliative Medicine speciality requires excellent clinical skills as it involves the care of patients across all specialities, with increasing emphasis on those with non-malignant illness. It also requires advanced communication skills, with training in this area being provided through the training programme.

Entry to specialist training in Palliative Medicine is via FRACP Part 1 or through a GP Fellowship (some other Fellowships may also be considered as entry to training)

Specialist training takes three years (depending on exemptions). Six month training posts are also available in the Auckland region for those training in another speciality areas but wishing to enhance their palliative care skills.