Health of older people publications

Resources published by the Ministry on the health of older people.


  • Published 02 December 2004
    The background paper Impact of Population Ageing on New Zealand on the Demand for Health and Disability Support Services, and Workforce Implications was completed by Justine Cornwall and Judith Davey in June 2003. The paper reviews literature from selected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries on the projected impact of population ageing on health and disability support services and workforce.
  • Published 02 December 2004
    All countries will be faced with an increasing, and proportionately older, population with different health and disability issues over the next 10 to 20 years. Many Western countries have recognised that the post World War II baby boomers will retire from work during this period and that this could have a significant impact on the delivery of health and disability services.
  • Published 02 November 2004
    The snapshot provides the results of a survey of geriatric and psychogeriatric assessment, treatment and rehabilitation (AT&R) services and mental health services for older people provided by District Health Boards (DHBs). The survey was carried out between April and June 2003 in order to get a national overview of how these services are provided and to feed into development of a Guideline for Specialist Health Services for Older People. That guideline was published in September 2004.
  • Published 02 September 2004
    The Health of Older People Strategy signalled work to review and develop a nationally consistent framework for specialist mental health services for older people and to review specialist health services for older people. This guideline completes stage one of those reviews. Stage two will be the development of service specifications that set out the minimum requirements for specialist health services for older people.
  • The assessment and management of cardiovascular risk summary
    Published 01 December 2003
    Summary document for The Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risk guidelines. Seeks to assist informed decision-making by adults with and without known cardiovascular disease, their families, whānau and their health care providers.
  • Assessment processes for older people
    Published 01 October 2003
    The purpose of the guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations for appropriate and effective assessment processes to identify personal, social, functional and clinical needs in older people.
  • Published 02 September 2002
    This statistical report is designed to assist implementation of the Health of Older People Strategy, Health Sector Action to 2010 to Support Positive Ageing (Associate Minister of Health and Minister for Disability Issues 2002). It provides information about New Zealand’s older population to help the Ministry of Health, District Health Boards and service providers to plan for and deliver services to current and future cohorts of older people. The information also provides a baseline from which to monitor changes, over time, in the population group and in the services they use.
  • Published 02 April 2002
    Older people participate to their fullest ability in decisions about their health and wellbeing and in family, whanau and community life. They are supported in this by co-ordinated and responsive health and disability support programmes.
  • Published 02 April 2002
    This report Dementia in New Zealand: Improving Quality in Residential Care (the Dementia Care Report) provides recommendations from the Dementia Working Group on improving the quality of residential care for people with dementia. The Ministry of Health supports the recommendations listed in the report and agrees with the working group’s assessment of the impact of dementia on people’s lives.
  • Assessment processes for older people: Summary
    Published 03 April 2000
    Summary of a best practice, evidence-based guideline providing recommendations for appropriate and effective processes for assessment of personal, social, functional and clinical needs in older people.
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