The term interRAI refers to both the international organisation responsible for developing comprehensive clinical assessment systems, and the suite of clinical assessment tools available.

interRAI stands for 'international Resident Assessment Instrument'.

interRAI International

interRAI is a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable people through a seamless comprehensive clinical assessment system. The organisation consists of a collaborative network of clinicians and researchers in over 35 countries, including New Zealand.

For more information visit the interRAI International website at www.interrai.org

About the tools

Each tool in the interRAI suite has been developed for a specific population. The tools are standardised assessments designed to work together to form an integrated health information system.

interRAI tools all share a common language. They refer to the same clinical concepts in the same way across different tools. Using common measures enables clinicians and providers in different care settings to improve continuity of care, and to integrate the care and support needed for each individual.

The assessment software allows for information to be automatically aggregated to provide data at facility, regional and and national level. 

interRAI in New Zealand

New Zealand is the first country in the world where interRAI tools are used nationwide in the home and community setting, as well as in aged residential care.

interRAI Services is the national provider of services to support interRAI and a business group within the Central Region’s Technical Advisory Service (TAS). The team provides education and support, secretariat services to the interRAI New Zealand Governance Board, data analysis and reporting, and software services.

interRAI International has a royalty free licence with New Zealand through the Director-General of Health.

More about TAS at www.tas.health.nz 


interRAI in New Zealand

‘To continuously improve health outcomes for New Zealanders as they age, and the effectiveness and efficiency of our health system by guiding and leading the use of interRAI instruments and the dissemination and use of interRAI information.’

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Benefits of interRAI

interRAI has many benefits for New Zealanders, for example, improved clinical decision making, a common language between tools, enabling continuity of care, and quality data.

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Governance Board

The Governance Board has the authority to give direction and provide strategic governance for interRAI from a clinical, operational, and consumer perspective.

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Management team

interRAI Services is the national provider of services to support interRAI and is a business group within the Central Region’s Technical Advisory Service (TAS) – a health shared services agency.

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Since 2002, interRAI has grown to be the primary assessment tool in aged residential care and home care in New Zealand.

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interRAI New Zealand produces a range of publications and data reports.

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Related links

interRAI New Zealand works closely with national health policy makers and care providers, and keeps up to date with the latest developments, trends and research from other international health and informatics organisations.

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