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Doctor’s work helping others at the end of their lives recognised

by Georgia Forrester, Manawatu Standard, 31 December 2015

Dr Simon Allan of Palmerston North was made an officer of the Order of New Zealand in the New Years Honours list for his services over 40 years to the development of palliative care.

While it was a field where a lot of people did not want to work in, there was “great satisfaction” in helping people and meeting a great need in the community.

“As a good society, we look after people who are very vulnerable which includes dying people and people who are sick.”

Allan started as the acting medical director at Arohanui Hospice in 1995. He has been the director of palliative care since 2005. 

He was a key player in the development of the Palliative Care Partnership, a collaborative model for integrated palliative care between Arohanui Hospice and general practice teams, which has been implemented in other regions in New Zealand.

Allan was instrumental in setting up the education and research unit for palliative care and has been has been involved an international collaborative to research end of life care.

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