ABOUT

ANZSPM facilitates professional development and support for its members, promotes the practice of Palliative Medicine and advocates for those who work in the field of palliative medicine.

Part of ANZSPM's core business is to provide a variety of continuous professional development activities to support and educate medical practitioners working in, or with an interest in, palliative medicine.

Our society embraces the definition of Palliative Medicine adopted in Great Britain in 1987. This is quoted in the opening pages in Doyle's Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine - "Palliative Medicine is the study and management of patients with active, progressive, far-advanced disease for whom the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is the quality of life".

Our Purpose

To improve health outcomes for every person with a life limiting illness living in Australia and New Zealand.

Our Vision

To be renowned for influential medical leadership in palliative care in Australia and New Zealand.

Our Mission

We are a society for medical practitioners, aiming to improve health outcomes by working with and influencing the system and community around the person with a life-limiting illness: 


ANZSPM Mission Diagram

Governance

ANZSPM is governed by a Council made up of elected and appointed members and supported by a secretariat managed by ANZSPM's Chief Executive Officer. An ANZSPM Aotearoa Committee, elected by New Zealand members, oversees business specific to New Zealand.

No more than three members of the Council can be from any one State or New Zealand. At least two members must be from New Zealand, including the ANZSPM Aotearoa Committee Chair who is an automatic appointee. A member who is in training to be a specialist in Palliative Medicine is also included either as an elected or appointed member of Council. 

The President of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine is an ex officio (non voting) member of ANZSPM Council, facilitating communication between ANZSPM and the Chapter. 

ANZSPM Council

Name Office
Prof Meera AgarPresident
Dr Leeroy WilliamVice President (President - Elect)
Dr David HoldenSecretary
Dr Rachel WisemanAppointed councillor (ANZSPM Aotearoa Committee Chair)
Dr Jane GrevilleGeneral councillor
Dr Chi LiGeneral councillor
Dr Emily CooperGeneral councillor
Dr Kim Caldwell General councillor, Trainee Representative
Prof Gregory CrawfordEx Officio as President AChPM, Coopted Councillor

ANZSPM Aotearoa (New Zealand) Committee

Name Office
Dr Rachel WisemanChair
Dr Vicki Jones Vice Chair
Dr Jane GrevilleTreasurer
Dr Catherine D'SouzaSecretary
Dr Moira CunninghamCommittee member
Dr Dean FourieCommittee member
Dr Amanda SomerfeldtCommittee member
Dr Dianne MurphyCoopted Trainee Representative

Staff

ANZSPM's operational activities are managed by a small staff based in Canberra ACT, lead by Chief Executive Officer Ms Simone Carton.

Special Interest Groups 

ANZSPM Members have the opportunity to participate in Special Interest Groups that have been approved by and report to the ANZSPM Council. 

The following Special Interest Groups are currently in operation:

Members interested in engaging with other members sharing an interest in these areas are encouraged to contact the ANZSPM office about joining a Special Interest Group. 

Members are also welcome to suggest new Special Interest Groups for consideration by ANZSPM Council.