Health Care Professionals


Palliative Care Handbook

Also available for GP's to refer too, is this link for useful primary palliative care guidelines...  Palliative Care Handbook  Do not hesitate to contact the Hospice Taranaki team at anytime on 06 753 7830

Click here to refer a patient

The most up-to-date edition of the Palliative Care Handbook is ninth edition 2019. The Handbook is useful in any place where palliative care happens. The purpose of the handbook is to provide an easy to use resource.

Information available in the handbook includes:

  • Symptom management
  • Palliative care emergencies
  • Psychosocial/spirituality
  • Syringe driver - medication compatibility table pg 152

For further information on accessing and implementing the Care Plan for the Last Days of Life document please contact:

Letiesha Sue: Last Days of Life Facilitator, Hospice Taranaki  email:


Mauri Mate

Mauri mate is a framework /guidance especially designed for Maori by Maori to help Hospices  deliver quality EOL care with a focus on equity,  quality and compassionate care for Maori at end of life

Hospice Taranaki has committed to implementing this frame work into practice and this will be a part of the care that we deliver

If you would like more information on Mauri Mate you can access it by clicking on the link below


Last Days of Life

Welcome to the Last Days of Life Care Plan. This document is a comprehensive multi-professional tool that guides and enables healthcare professionals to focus on quality care in the last hours or days of life for the dying person, carer, family/whanau, friends and staff members.

The aim of this document is to:

  • Improve the knowledge related to the process of dying.
  • Improve the quality of care for the dying person in the last hours or days of life.
  • Support health care professionals - however does not replace good clinical judgement.
  • Facilitate multi - professional communication.
  • Provide guidance for anticipatory prescribing.
  • Provide guidance in discontinuation of inappropriate interventions.
  • Support measureable improvements in the quality of care for the person in the last hours or days of life.
  • Improve the documentation of communication and care provided.

The main sections are:

  • Initial assessments
  • Ongoing assessments
  • Care after death

Key domains of care include:

  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Social
  • Spiritual/cultural

Supporting documentation:

The Health Care Professional Information Sheet aims to support but not replace clinical judgment, and there are links to the 'Principles and Guidance for the Last Days of life': Te Ara Whakapiri - The Path of Closeness and Unity which is the guiding document released by the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand (2015) to assist health care professionals in establishing best practise for end of life care.

  • Principles and Guidance for the Last Days of Life - Te Ara Whakapiri (no link here but this is available under the Ministry of Health website)

Patient / Carer pamphlets:

These pamphlets are designed to be given to patients and those caring for the dying person at end of life.