Hospice New Zealand has been always adjudicating that each and every person in New Zealand should have the best possible care available, as they approach the end of their life and die. In order to achieve that, Hospice NZ has taken a big step forward and announced the launch of its Standards for Palliative Care.
The main aim of the Standards is to improve the quality and equity of palliative care services available in New Zealand. On 13th April, Dr. Paul Hutchison, MP for Hunua and Chair of the Health Select Committee would officially launch the standards at an event slated to be held at Te Papa.
There are basically 14 standards altered to suit New Zealand and are originally based on the Australian Palliative Care standards. The major aspect of these standards would be directed at the quality management and improvement activities, starting at the local level then going upwards towards regional and national level. Regardless of the care setting, the palliative care would be delivered, wherever it is needed.
Mary Schumacher, CEO of Hospice NZ was very excited over the announcement, stating that this is a positive step ahead to make sure that standards of Palliative care are upgraded. She added that from now on, Hospices would be able to review their services and practices against the national standards using the quality review program. There has been a lot of work that has been put into the formation of these standards. Working in collaboration with Hospice NZ, Maori hospice and health workers, experts from palliative care, aged care, management and audit devised these 14 Palliative Care Standards that would uplift the care available to New Zealanders within the country.