Let's talk about end-of-life care

3 Nov 2016

The Health Quality & Safety Commission coordinated a presentation on advance care planning (ACP) for Patient Safety Week at Waikato District Health Board (DHB).

Presenters at the advance care planning workshop at Waikato DHB.

Pictured (left to right): Meg Goodman (registered nurse and ACP facilitator), Mo Neville (director of quality & patient safety, Waikato DHB), Arthur Te Anini (passionate consumer ACP advocate), Deon York (programme manager, partners in care).

Around 65 people enjoyed a light lunch before the presentation – Preparing your patient for end-of-life care – at Waikato Hospital. Health sector staff at rural hospitals in Thames, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui attended by phone and videoconference.

The presentations gave an overview of ACP, what matters for consumers, ACP training and what initiatives are underway in the Waikato region.

Arthur Te Anini (Ngāti Whanaunga) gave an impassioned talk about how useful the ACP process had been for him, and the importance of having a plan in place. He advocated for everyone to approach the topic of planning for end-of-life to ensure that what matters to individuals can be honoured. He also discussed the importance of ACP discussions among Māori, as the topic of death can breach tikanga. In Arthur's view, this does not mean we should shy away from having these conversations.

You can hear more from Arthur at the first-ever New Zealand national ACP forum on 28 and 29 November.

Last updated 07/11/2016