News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


More palliative care positions to be established

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Minister of Health

Media Statement
More palliative care positions to be established

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says up to 60 new palliative care positions are being established as part of the Government’s $76.1 million boost for hospices.

“Hospices make a huge difference ensuring terminally ill people are as free from pain and suffering as possible. They also provide valuable care and support for families and friends,” says Dr Coleman.

“Of the $76.1 million invested in Budget 2015 over four years – an additional $52 million has been pumped directly into hospices to ensure sustainability and developed into baseline funding.

“The remaining $24.1 million is being allocated to DHBs to provide new hospice services that improve the quality of palliative care in aged residential care, primary care and community settings.

“Hospices around the country have been developing service proposals on behalf of their DHBs. To date, 13 service proposals equating to $13.4 million over four years.

“As a result, over 40 new palliative care positions are being established across 15 DHBs.

“These additional palliative care services will allow people more choice about dying in their home or community, as well as access to high quality care and support. They will also provide an expert resource for colleagues in residential and primary care.

“The development of additional services has created opportunities for stronger local collaboration to tailor services around community needs.

“A further nine hospices continue to work on their service proposals. Through this process another 20 specialist roles are likely to be created.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Facebook Announces New Changes: Combating Hate And Extremism

Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Amazon Confirms: Lord Of The Rings Series To Shoot In NZ

Amazon Studios announced today that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. More>>


Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>


Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland