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Hospice NZ Standards for Palliative Care

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.

You can click here to view the Standards for Palliative Care 2019.






Palliative Care Handbook for Healthcare professionals

The aim of this resource is to make palliative care understandable

for healthcare professionals, using clear logical layout and

understandable explanations of how to manage and cope with

problems that can be very challenging. It includes sections on dementia,

nutrition and prescribing. The Handbook is useful in any place

where palliative care happens – it gives confidence to those

who use it and therefore hopefully comfort to the people approaching

the end of their lives.

To download a soft copy of the Palliative Care Handbook (9th Edition),

please click here

Please remember to save your downloaded copy for easy ongoing access.

Please note – to go directly from the table of contents to the section

you wish to find, simply click on the chapter heading and it will take

you straight there.

You can also download specific chapters here:

1. Central Nervous System
2. Pain
3. Gastrointestinal System
4. Respiratory System
5. Skin
6. Systemic effects of terminal diseases
7. Palliative care emergencies
8. Miscellaneous
9. Psychosocial spirituality
10. Useful resources
11. Further reading

We would like to thank Dilmah NZ & the MJF Charitable Foundation for their financial contribution towards this resource.



A Guide for Carers

Are you caring for someone with a life limiting condition?

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do or what help

and support is available.


Hospice NZ has designed a helpful booklet to answer some of the

questions or issues that might arise as part of this journey.


It is important to remember you are not alone.

There are few experiences more difficult than caring for someone

at the end of their life. Each of us faces death as uniquely as we

lead our life. We all hope that when death comes it will be as

peaceful and dignified as possible. We also hope we'll face it feeling

comfortable in our surroundings, well cared for and that those

we love are well supported.


Topics covered in this useful guide include caring for a loved one at home,

circles of support, home nursing tips and many other practical matters.


Thanks to the support of the Pub Charity, Hospice EBOP can supply copies of

A Guide for Carers to patients' families.

A pdf of the full booklet is available for download here.


More Patient information handouts available:




Final Days of Life

Syringe Driver Handbook

Here is a list of links that might be helpful.

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