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interRAI Informer   -   10 December 2019

Better Assessment, Better Care, Better Outcomes

interRAI Annual Report 2018/19 published

The interRAI New Zealand Governance Board and the interRAI Services team at TAS worked hard in 2018/19 to support our community of practice, respond to changes in technology and maximise use of our clinical assessment system.

Across New Zealand we have very competent teams of health professionals who assess the needs of older people, and how they can be supported to meet those needs.

Data collected about older people living at home and in aged residential care is made available to inform better decisions about care and support services based on need. Information is published in our annual report released today.

Read our latest Annual Report 2018/19 here.

Better care starts with an interRAI assessment

Ensuring older, vulnerable members of our community get the best care starts with a comprehensive interRAI assessment, interRAI Governance Board Chair Cathy Cooney said today.

"We are seeing the rewards of our work, with more interest in the different ways interRAI assessments and interRAI information can add value. 

"Maintaining the high standard of support interRAI assessors receive from TAS is crucial to upholding the integrity of assessments and resulting data. 

"The interRAI Board is particularly pleased that during the past year we approved work to introduce a Palliative Care assessment to aged residential care," Cathy said.

Commenting on the release of the latest interRAI Annual Report 2018/19, Cathy Cooney said the interRAI Board had been very encouraged to see research published using interRAI data.

The latest Annual Report 2018/19 is here.


interRAI data now on StatsNZ

interRAI data is also publicly available through the StatsNZ Integrated Data Infrastructure Database (IDI).

The IDI is a large research database that holds microdata about people and households. interRAI data was added to the IDI in September 2019.

IDI data is about life events, including health, education, income, benefits, migration, and justice. It comes from government agencies, StatsNZ surveys, and non-government organisations (NGOs). The data is linked together, or integrated, to form the IDI.

Researchers use the IDI to gain insight into our society and economy. The research can help answer questions about complex issues that affect New Zealanders.

Go to the StatsNZ website to find out how to apply to use the IDI.  


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Upcoming dates

  • 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 Millenium, Auckland: Living with dementia. Taking action for a better future. Abstracts due in February 2020. 

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