New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care

Published online: 
21 November 2013
New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care

This publication provides DHBs and the health and social support sectors with a guide for developing their dementia care pathways.  The framework has three guiding principles:

  • following a person-centred and people-directed approach
  • providing accessible, proactive and integrated services that are flexible to meet a variety of needs
  • developing the highest possible standard of care.

The publication also highlights five key elements for effective dementia care:

  • awareness and risk reduction
  • assessment, diagnosis, early intervention and ongoing support
  • living well
  • meeting challenges to maximise wellbeing
  • end of life.

Overarching factors that must be considered across all five key elements are also identified:

  • education and training for people with dementia and their families and whānau
  • workforce education and training
  • readily accessible information
  • governance
  • family and whānau support
  • culturally appropriate services
  • funding streams
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • advocacy.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    21 November 2013
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-41500-1 (print), 978-0-478-41501-8 (online)
  • HP number:
    5689
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2013. New Zealand Framework for Dementia Care. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Hard copy available to be ordered, also soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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