The purpose of the report is to determine how close hospice and hospital providers of specialist palliative care services were to meeting the new draft service specification for specialist palliative care.
A National Professional Development Framework for Palliative Care Nursing Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand describes the competencies required for all nurses to provide palliative care across a range of clinical settings.
Palliative care is the care of people who are dying from active, progressive diseases or other conditions that are not responsive to curative treatment. Palliative care embraces the physical, social, emotional and spiritual elements of wellbeing–tinana, whanau, hinengaro and wairua – and enhances a person’s quality of life while they are dying. Palliative care also supports the bereaved family/whanau.