These Standards have been developed by Hospice NZ to support all hospice services to deliver consistent and best quality palliative and end of life care for people regardless of locality and diagnosis.

In May 2019 they launched the fourth version of the Hospice NZ Standards after an extensive consultation and review process involving all hospices services in New Zealand.


There are 9 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. 


In the first instance they are written solely for hospice palliative care providers, the longer term vision is that other providers of palliative care across many settings will adopt or use the Standards.