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interRAI Informer
Better Assessment, Better Care, Better Outcomes
Welcome to the interRAI Informer - your regular news update from interRAI New Zealand

In this issue

eLearning for readers of assessments 
New training management system 
New look and feel 
Upcoming: Ulrich Bergler 
Data visualisation updated 
New on 
Out and about 
Upcoming dates 

eLearning for readers of assessments

We have launched online training for health professionals who wish to read and understand their clients’ interRAI assessments.

The course is the first eLearning offering for interRAI users in New Zealand. It was developed to meet the growing demand from health professionals who use interRAI information to gain a better understanding of their clients’ functional abilities.

Users learn about:
  • how to access the interRAI software system
  • how to read and interpret assessment information
  • interRAI clinical decision support.
The course takes one hour to complete and is also a great general introduction to interRAI and the software system.
Find out more about interRAI eLearning

Welcome Arlo

  • The interRAI online training runs on our new training management system Arlo, which we also use for booking our face-to-face courses.

    Arlo is powerful and purpose-built – and it is a local innovation from just down the road in Lower Hutt.

New look and feel for the interRAI software system

From 24 August 2019, the interRAI software system will have a new look and feel as we are activating a more modern and logical user interface.

The functionality stays the same though some tabs and buttons may have moved locations.
Video by software provider Momentum: Preview of new look interRAI software system

Upcoming speaker: Ulrich Bergler

We are excited to be hosting another research presentation by Ulrich Bergler, research fellow at Otago University. Ulrich will talk about his group’s current work, including:
  • interRAI based frailty indices
  • qualitative research on the meaning of frailty
  • social factors influencing admission to aged residential care.

Date: Thursday 5 September 2019
Time: 11am
Address: Te Aro room, Front+Centre, 69 Tory Street, Wellington
Refreshments will be provided.
To attend in person, or to receive the link to the Zoom video conference, please RSVP to by Monday 26 August 2019. Please also let us know about any dietary requirements.

About Ulrich Bergler

Ulrich is a Research Fellow at the University of Otago and Project Manager for the Canterbury District Health Board.

Ulrich holds an MSc in Applied Psychology in addition to an Engineering Degree and years of international management experience. As Research Fellow he is a member of a group of researchers who link the New Zealand interRAI dataset with other health datasets and qualitative research.

Ulrich is passionate about human well-being and experience by improving our health care systems.
RSVP for this event

Data Visualisation updated

The interRAI Data Visualisation has received its first update.

We launched the Data Visualisation last year to make aggregated interRAI data accessible to anyone who is interested in the health of older people. It opens up various interactive ways of looking at interRAI data.

This update includes tooltips with definitions of outcomes and diseases and a new disease category Dementia including Alzheimer’s Disease.

To learn more about how to get the most out of the interRAI Data Visualisation, download the updated user guide from the interRAI website.
View the interRAI Data Visualisation

Out and about

Sally Aydon, interRAI Services Team Leader Central, with aged residential care lead nurses at the New Zealand Aged Care Association Road Show.

Upcoming dates

  • 5 September 2019 in Wellington: Ulrich Bergler presentation on frailty research
  • 4 October 2019 in Auckland: Visit our stand at the Selwyn Foundation Gerontology Nursing Conference. interRAI Educator Justine Lee is presenting on interRAI data and vulnerability.
  • 22-24 October 2019 in Wellington: Meet us at the TAS stand at the 2019 New Zealand Aged Care Association conference. interRAI Principal Advisor Dr Brigette Meehan is presenting a session on quality of care in conjunction with HQSC at 4pm on 22 October. 
  • 18-22 November 2019 in Hamilton: Make sure you visit the TAS stand  at the 2019 Health Informatics NZ conference. Look out for interRAI sessions in the conference programme. 
To see upcoming training dates and to request interRAI training, visit our website at