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inside interRAI  20 December 2019
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Happy Christmas and Holiday Season

Thank you for the work you do every day reaching out to help vulnerable people in need, completing their assessments and helping us to understand more about who they are, and how the health and disability system can support them.

You are making a really important contribution to the health of New Zealanders. We have achieved a lot this year thanks to everybody's hard work. Please be encouraged that the hard work you do is acknowledged.

On behalf of the interRAI New Zealand Board I wish you and your loved ones a very happy Christmas.
- Cathy Cooney, Chair, interRAI New Zealand Governance Board

127,000 interRAI assessments for older people 

interRAI assessors completed approximately 127,000 assessments for older people during the year to June 2019.

Of those, 73,000 interRAI assessments were completed for people living in 667 aged residential care facilities across the country, along with 36,000 interRAI assessments by interRAI assessors visiting older people in their homes. 

About 5000 health professionals are registered as interRAI assessors who have the required competencies to use the five interRAI assessments used in New Zealand.

Members of the interRAI New Zealand Board represent consumers, clinicians, health professionals, researchers, health informatics, aged residential care providers, home care providers and funders.

interRAI New Zealand this month published its latest annual report. The report shows some of the findings from the rich store of data collected using interRAI assessments, including case studies on oral health and loneliness. 

Read the latest interRAI Annual Report 2018/19 here.

interRAI is moving to one host site in 2020

interRAI software will move from two host sites to one host site at Canterbury DHB, scheduled for March 2020. More information will be available from mid-January 2020.

Check the NEWS page on the interRAI website here or email

Remember to finish your draft or incomplete assessments 

By next February you will need to have completed or discontinued your draft or incomplete assessments older than 90 days after the Assessment Reference Date (ARD). In February 2020 all draft or incomplete assessments will be closed off and discontinued before we migrate all assessments to the Canterbury DHB host site. More information here:  .

Great response to palliative pilot 

We had a fantastic response to our call for aged residential care facilities to join a pilot of the Palliative Care assessment.

Twenty-three ARC facilities from Invercargill to Auckland have expressed an interest in testing the Palliative Care assessment in aged residential care.

The interRAI Palliative Care assessment will be an alternative to the Long Term Care Facility assessment for palliative residents. Facilities anywhere in New Zealand were invited to participate in the pilot trial which will run across all levels of care and last six months. 

Christmas hours

interRAI Software Host Support Desk Hours: 
Normal working hours: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Closed: 25 and 26 December 2019 and 1 and 2 January 2020 

Southern and Northern DHB regions (CDHB)
Ring: 03 378 6555

Central and Midland DHB regions (TDHB)
Ring: 06 753 7766

interRAI Services Christmas hours 
interRAI Services will be closed from noon on Tuesday 24 December 2019
and will re-open on Monday 6 January 2020.
Ph 0800 10 80 44 • Email: 


New on 

We have published our annual report and updated our flyers. Download them from our publications page:

interRAI New Zealand Annual Report 2018/19

People living in aged residential care 

About interRAI

Upcoming dates

To see upcoming training dates, and to request interRAI training, visit our website at

  • 3-5 February 2020, World interRAI Conference 2020, Leuven, Belgium:   Registrations are now open.
  • 6-7 April 2020, Age Concern Conference, Te Papa, Wellington: interRAI will be there. Come and see us at our stand.
  • 4-5 May 2020, College of Gerontology Nursing Conference, Harbourside, Wellington: Come see us at our stand.
  • 15-17 September 2020, Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference, Auckland. interRAI New Zealand will be presenting. 
  • 19-20 November 2020, Alzheimers NZ Conference, Grand Millennium, Auckland: Living with dementia. Taking action for a better future. Abstracts due in February 2020. 
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