End of Life Choice Act implementation resources

The Ministry is creating a range of resources to support health professionals and health service providers to prepare for when assisted dying becomes available.

In this section find details on:

  • information for the public about assisted dying and the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act 2019
  • information for health professionals
  • information for health service providers
  • learning for health professionals
  • assisted dying workforce forum registration details for health professionals.

This section will be regularly updated as part of implementation progress.

Information for the public

This information sheet is for people who want to know more about the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act 2019 and the introduction of assisted dying in New Zealand.

Information for health professionals

This information sheet is for health professionals who want to know more about the End of Life Choice Act 2019 and the introduction of assisted dying in New Zealand. 

Funding and delivery model for assisted dying services

This information sheet provides an overview of the funding and delivery model for assisted dying services in New Zealand.

Responding when a person raises assisted dying: conversation guide and handbook

The below documents are a conversation guide and accompanying handbook that aim to support registered health professionals to respond appropriately and respectfully if a person raises assisted dying from 7 November 2021.

Health professionals should read the handbook for responding when a person raises assisted dying first, before using the conversation guide. 

These resources are part of a range of training, information and guidance to support the sector prepare for the implementation of the new Assisted Dying Service. The introduction of assisted dying means that a person with a terminal illness who meets the eligibility criteria set out in the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (the Act) can request medication to relieve their suffering and end their life. Read more about the framework set out under the Act at About the End of Life Choice Act 2019. Assisted dying is not a replacement for palliative care or health care services more generally. It provides another option for people with a terminal illness in certain circumstances. It will be important to ensure the Assisted Dying Service puts people and their whānau at the centre, uses effective safeguards, and is accessible to those who meet the criteria under the Act. The conversation handbook and guide aims to support this.

For details on training see the learning for health professionals section below.

Information for health service providers

This information sheet is to support health service providers start preparing for when assisted dying becomes legal on 7 November 2021. Further resources for health service providers can be found on the LearnOnline platform.

Policy guidance for assisted dying services

This assisted dying policy guidance has been developed for both health service providers and district health boards to support them to create policies that may be needed if someone in their care requests assisted dying from 7 November 2021. Providers will be able to tailor this policy guidance to their own context and level of involvement in providing assisted dying services. 

Learning for health professionals

Guidance and training resources for health professionals is available on the Ministry’s LearnOnline platform. Resources include recordings of the implementation webinar series for health professionals; details of the next webinars; and the End of Life Choice Act 2019: overview e-learning module. The module supports health professionals to think about what the introduction of assisted dying may mean as part of their work

All health professionals are strongly encouraged to complete this module. It can be completed as an individual, or it can also be used by health service providers as part of team or group learning tools.

For further information about the overview module and the LearnOnline access instructions, see the following factsheet.

Please note: when health professionals create a LearnOnline account or use their existing account to complete or access the End of Life Choice Act 2019: Overview learning module, we may collect and use the information provided for further workforce training and learning purposes. If information about the training is published, it will be done so anonymously. You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you related to this, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. Email: [email protected].

More learning modules for health professionals will be released in August/September and will focus on conversations about assisted dying, and the assisted dying care pathway.

In September, a package of e-learning modules for health practitioners choosing to provide assisted dying services will be made available.

Assisted dying workforce forum for health professionals

As part of the implementation of the Act, we are hosting an assisted dying forum in a virtual on-line format over two half day sessions on 29 and 30 September. This is an important event to support the implementation of the Act. The forum will bring together health practitioners and others in the health workforce who are likely to be involved in providing assisted dying services. 

Registrations for this event have now closed. For registration questions please email [email protected].

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