In May, Hospice New Zealand launched the Standards for Palliative Care (Fourth Edition) 2019 after an extensive consultation and review process involving all hospices services in New Zealand.
The standards have been developed to support all hospice services to deliver consistent and best quality palliative and end-of-life care for people regardless of locality and diagnosis.
There are nine standards covering things such as assessment of needs, grief support and bereavement care and culture within an organisation.
The vision for the standards is that they support hospice services' continuous quality improvement approach to service planning.
They are written for hospice palliative care providers, but the long-term vision is that other providers of palliative care across many settings will adopt or use the standards.
You can view the standards on the Hospice New Zealand website www.hospice.org.nz/resources/standards-for-palliative-care/.
Please contact Hospice New Zealand (04 381 0266) if you would like further information.