Te Omanga Hospice is a member of Hospice New Zealand and gratefully acknowledges the support and advocacy they generate on behalf of hospices throughout New Zealand. Our relationship with Hospice New Zealand is very important to us, and we also respect the national partnerships they have with the House of Travel, BNI, Craigs Investment Partners, and the strength of the national sponsorship they have with Farmers during the Christmas period. Biddy Harford, Chief Executive of Te Omanga Hospice is the current Chair of Hospice New Zealand.
History of Palliative Care in New Zealand
Palliative care in New Zealand arose from within local communities, supported by local funding and by volunteers to provide holistic care for adults with terminal cancer.
In 1985 a report was presented to a committee at a workshop in Auckland. From that workshop, a committee was created to investigate the setting up of a national hospice body. The Cancer Society contributed $1,500 towards the establishment of this organisation. This organisation is now known as Hospice New Zealand.
The objectives of Hospice New Zealand included obtaining government funding, licensing, annual inspection of hospices, establising standards and monitoring them at a national level and providing education and resources.
Hospice New Zealand finally came to fruition in 1986 and the rest is history.
Today, Hospice New Zealand is actively involved in research and education, workforce development, establishing standards of healthcare, providing information and advice to hospices, stakeholders and to the general public and helping and supporting hospices nationwide.
Hospice New Zealand Vision & Values
Hospice New Zealand Vision – what we want to see
Everyone with a life-limiting condition, their family and whanau, have access to the best possible palliative care.
Hospice New Zealand purpose – ours to do
In order to ensure everyone has access to quality palliative care we will:
- Provide national leadership and advocacy for all members
- Influence and collaborate with the wider palliative care sector
Hospice New Zealand values
We will always:
- be member focused
- be professional
- be respectful
- be strategic
- work collaboratively
- honour diversity
Hospice is not a building; it is a philosophy of care. Our goal is to help people make the most of their lives.
We care for the whole person, not just their physical needs but also their emotional, spiritual, and social needs too. We care for families and friends as well, both before and after a death. Irrespective of where they are, this philosophy of care does not change and everything we provide is free of charge.
We believe that hospice care should be available to anyone who needs it, helping people make the most of every moment, in whatever way works for them.
When support is offered
People may be referred for hospice care even while they are undergoing treatments for their illness, not just at the very end of life – however, usually people are referred at a time when it is acknowledged the illness is incurable.
However, people are living longer with incurable illnesses and in addition to care provided by GP or hospital specialist, hospice staff are able to provide specialist support in other ways e.g. controlling symptoms or providing additional advice and support to family and carers.
Services offered by hospice
The services offered will differ from hospice to hospice but are likely to include:
- medical and nursing care
- pain and symptom control
- therapies, including physiotherapy and complementary therapies
- spiritual support
- practical and financial advice
- bereavement care.
To find out more about Hospice New Zealand please visit their website.