Since 2002, interRAI has grown to be the primary assessment tool in aged residential care and home care in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Best Practice Guidelines - Assessment Processes for Older People identified interRAI assessments as the best assessment tools to meet the objectives in the 2002 Health of Older People Strategy.
- 2003 New Zealand Best Practice Guidelines - Assessment Processes for Older People
- 2002 Health of Older People Strategy
Five District Health Boards (DHBs) piloted the interRAI home care assessment to identify implementation requirements. A key finding was the importance of consistent training.
All DHB Chief Executives support national implementation of the interRAI assessments for home and community.
Start of the interRAI National DHB Implementation Project (2008-2012). Implementation was phased and DHBs took individual responsibility for implementation – subject to agreed national criteria.
DHBs, in conjunction with the New Zealand Aged Care Association, agreed to support a project, to run from 2011 until 2015, to voluntarily introduce interRAI assessments in Aged Residential Care.
All DHBs are using interRAI for assessing older people’s support needs for home and community support services.
Associate Minister of Health announces that interRAI would become the mandatory assessment tool for all Aged Residential Care providers from July 2015. New Zealand is now the first country in the world to have use of these home and community, and residential care tools nationwide.
The Central Region’s Technical Advisory Service (TAS) becomes the national service provider for interRAI in New Zealand, and the interRAI Services business group is created within TAS.