During 2015 and 2016 the Palliative Care Workstream undertook five surveys to ascertain the status of palliative care across the South Island and what progress has been made towards the implementation of the Resource and Capability Framework for Adult and Palliative Care Services in New Zealand (2013). The first two surveys examined specialist palliative care services and three further surveys explored the provision of “primary palliative care” across the wider health system. The groups surveyed here were: DHB Planning and Funding, Aged Residential Care and Primary Health Organisations. We are delighted to be in a position to publish the full suite of reports on the SIA website. Our thanks to SPaIT for their support and guidance during this very lengthy process and to all those of you who assisted us with providing your information and your time by completing the surveys:
National Paediatric Palliative Care Guidelines (produced by the National Paediatric Palliative Care Clinical Network with the support of the Ministry of Health) - is 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.
Resource and Capability Framework for Integrated Adult Palliative Care Services in New Zealand (Ministry of Health, 2012) - provides guidance to funders and policy makers. Informs strategic planning and the purchasing of accessible and equitable palliative care services for New Zealanders.
Te Ara Whakapiri: Principles and guidance for the last days of life (Ministry of Health, December 2015) - outlines the essential components and considerations required to promote quality care at the end of life for all adults in New Zealand. It also provides examples of useful approaches and tools that will serve as aids for the development of national and/or local resources as part of implementation.