Paediatric Palliative Care Clinical Network
Purpose of the Network
The Paediatric Palliative Care Clinical Network leads and provides clinical oversight of the implementation of the Guidance for Integrated Paediatric Palliative Care Services in New Zealand. It provides advice on service and treatment issues to the Paediatric Society of New Zealand and Ministry of Health through the Palliative Care Advisory Group.
The role of the Clinical Network is to provide clinical leadership and oversight of the provision of services for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families and whānau in New Zealand. This will be achieved by:
Promoting a nationally co-ordinated and consistent approach to the delivery of PPC for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families and whānau
Leading the implementation of the recommendations of the document, "Guidance for Integrated Paediatric Palliative Care Services in New Zealand"
Supporting the development of key clinical roles for PPC within DHBs or across DHB regions
Providing expert clinical advice on service improvement, service development, treatment guidelines and service standards
Maintaining effective linkages with important clinical (DHB and NGO) and non-clinical stakeholders including consumer groups
Support the development of a national PPC database
Develop a system for the monitoring and auditing of services to inform continuous quality improvement, supported by the PPC database
Providing advice on other specific areas as requested by the Society and Ministry of Health
The network has:
Key contact list established
MOU with Hospice NZ on collaborative care between hospices and paediatric services near completion
Funding gained from Ministry of Health for development of clinical guidelines for end-of-life care and pain management
Monthly clinical education programme established
Paediatric Palliative Care Model of Care
The Guidance for Integrated Paediatric Palliative Care Services in New Zealand
This guidance was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to improve the integration of palliative care service delivery to children and young people in New Zealand. Access the on-line version of this document at http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/guidance-integrated-paediatric-palliative-care-services-new-zealand
Paediatric Palliative Care Clinical Network Model of Care
Download the Model of Care for this Clinical Network
Paediatric Palliative Care Clinical Guidelines
All guidelines developed by the New Zealand Paediatric Palliative Care Clinical Network can be accessed via the Starship Clinical Guidance page. They have been developed with the support of the Ministry of Health and are intended to be used by secondary medical, nursing and allied health providers who care for babies, children and young people at the end of life. It is not intended that the guidelines be used by primary care providers or by providers in neonatal intensive units. These guidelines are not suitable for use outside the Palliative Care setting.
Paediatric Palliative Care Education Forum
If you have just a little or a great interest in Paediatric Palliative Care, then please book the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 0800 - 0900, and your video conference units. If you are not a member of the Paediatric Society Special Interest Group for Palliative Care, or the National Paediatric Palliative Care Clinical Network, then contact Karyn Bycroft to find out how you can be connected with this forum.
The most recent forum can be viewed here: :'Observations on care before, during and after child death in NZ: From an American' by Molly Gleydura. Molly is a recent graduate in psychology and French and named a 2022-2023 Thomas J. Watson Fellow. She is from Ohio and currently travelling and exploring how various cultures, countries and societies handle the death of a child and associated mourning practices
The slides from this presentation can be accessed here.
For further information on PSNZ / MoH Clinical Network development, please contact Clinical Networks Support Manager, Karyn Sanson, firstname.lastname@example.org.