Rachel Wiseman qualified as both a Palliative Medicine Physician and a Respiratory Physician in 2012. She currently holds a joint position in both Respiratory and Palliative Medicine in Christchurch Hospital, NZ.
Having trained in the UK, Rachel fell in love with New Zealand when she (and her now husband) arrived in 2004. Despite only intending to visit for 6 months, she stayed and completed training, managing to miss out on the Christchurch earthquakes by spending 18 months working in Australia.
Rachel’s current interests are advanced COPD, dyspnoea, oxygen therapy and advance care planning. She participates in the motor neuron disease service for Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 young children, mountain biking, tramping and skiing.
Palliative Care And Respiratory Medicine
Providing palliative care for patients with respiratory disease can be challenging, due to the uncertainty of the trajectory and unpredictable prognosis. This session will look at the trajectories of chronic respiratory disease and the transition towards a palliative approach, as well as an update on recent research in palliation of chronic breathlessness syndrome, including opioids for dyspnoea and palliative oxygen therapy.