Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine

The Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) is a Chapter of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Adult Internal Medicine Division that represents and connects Palliative Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand.

We provide training and continuing professional development to ensure excellence in skills, expertise and ethical standards, and advocate on behalf of our members for the highest standard of ​palliative ​medicine care. We are committed to promoting the study of ​palliative medicine and the advancement of knowledge in our field through training, research and collaboration with other medical professionals and organisations. 

About Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine is the specialist care of people with terminal illnesses and chronic health conditions in community, hospital and hospice settings. Palliative Medicine Physicians work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals to provide end of life care, provide relief from pain and symptoms of illness, and optimise the quality of life for a patient. Palliative medicine treats the physical aspects of illness, but also integrates psychological and spiritual facets of patient care.

World Health Organisation Definition of Palliative Care

"Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psycho-social and spiritual."

Training in Palliative Medicine

Advanced Training

The Chapter of Palliative Medicine runs the Palliative Medicine Advanced Training Program.

Find out more about the Advanced Training program in Palliative Medicine.

Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine

The Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine is a six-month qualification designed to encourage medical practitioners to spend time in palliative care as part of their vocational training and continuing professional development.

Find out more about the Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine Training program.

Latest news on Palliative Medicine

Read the latest news and communiques from the Chapter.

Get involved

You can get involved in the Chapter and connect with other AChPM Fellows and trainees in a number of ways:


The President of the AChPM is Dr Simon Allan. He is married with two daughters and five grandchildren, in whose lives he is trying to live vicariously.

Simon studied Medicine in Scotland and after training in Aberdeen and Edinburgh qualified as a Medical Oncologist but always with a passion for ​palliative care, which was not then a Specialty.

In 1989, he relocated to New Zealand and through the overseas trained physician pathway, gained FRACP and later became a foundation member of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine. 
Simon worked as a ​medical oncologist at Palmerston North Hospital for 23 years with varying part-time work at Arohanui Hospice throughout this time. Since 2012, he has been working full-time as a ​palliative ​medicine physician at Arohanui Hospice and with a part-time role in ​palliative ​medicine at Palmerston North Hospital. He has served as Medical Director and Director of Palliative Care at Arohanui Hospice for 24 years.

Simon was awarded joint Health Professional of the Year for: “Outstanding and invaluable contribution to palliative care for more than 20 years,” at the annual MidCentral District Health Awards in 2014 and in 2016 was appointed an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Palliative Care in the New Zealand New Year Honours.


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