Many of the terms defined in the palliative care glossary have held various meanings, resulting in inconsistent use and confusion. This glossary aims to initiate a common understanding of terms used in palliative care in New Zealand.
The Palliative Care Council of New Zealand, Hospice New Zealand and the Ministry of Health have all been involved in its development.
The 2012 version of the New Zealand Palliative Care Glossary was originally published by Cancer Control New Zealand which has since been disestablished. This version of the Glossary is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health.