The South Island Alliance Palliative Care Workstream (PCW) is pleased to release the results of our first South Island VOICES (Views of Informal Carers Evaluation of Services) pilot survey of bereaved people. Over 500 people from around the South Island gave their views on the quality of care provided by health services during the last three months of their partner, relative or friend’s life. This is the first time a regional survey of bereaved people has been undertaken in the South Island. The results give us a snapshot of peoples’ experiences and perceptions and will help a wide range of health services to review and plan care for people facing end-of-life illness.
Special thanks go to those who participated in the survey, and to Kate Reid and the University of Canterbury for undertaking this important research.
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: