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Carol McAllum

strategic clinical director integrated palliative careAotearoa New Zealand
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Peripatetic in nature - Carol is currently based in Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland as the strategic clinical director of integrated palliative care in the Auckland DHB, working both from Mercy Hospice and Auckland Hospital. 

Carol started her palliative medicine as a medical student in Sydney Hospital [yes, Sydney, Australia] before palliative care was so-called. She then 'crossed the Ditch' to New Zealand, and hasn't looked back. Her endeavours took her into solo rural general practice until the mid 1990s - in Coromandel township and later Ngunguru in Northland. What a rich tapestry of experience - being taught by the community. 

She crossed 'to the dark side' [becoming a 'specialist'] in the early 'noughties' 2000s when palliative medicine became a recognised vocation in New Zealand. She has enjoyed working in Auckland, and 'the provinces' - the Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay - always spanning hospice, community have and hospital settings.  

Roles with the University of Otago Wellington as associate dean Hawke's Bay, and with University of Auckland as senior lecturer, and currently honorary lecturer have kept her on that journey of life long learning.

In 2017 she crossed 'to the darker side' taking up the role of strategic clinical director in Auckland. This dynamic organic and essential role is  where clinical informs strategy and vice versa. 

Her heart remains with people in the community - patients and their family/whanau, and with all health professionals for whom palliative care is not their core work but who do so much of it. She's fortunate to have enjoyed and to continue to enjoy the privilege of working in  all care settings - hospice inpatient unit, hospice community, consult liaison hospital palliative care teams. 

Carol believes we can do it together! Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui!
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#ANZSPM 2020 Virtual Conference
Palliative Care - Strength Through Uncertainty
#ANZSPM 2020 Virtual Conference
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