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interRAI Informer
Better Assessment, Better Care, Better Outcomes
Welcome to interRAI Informer -- news updates from interRAI New Zealand for better health outcomes.




In this issue

Coronavirus - actions to take
interRAI NZ shares learnings at 2nd World interRAI Conference in Belgium
Taiwanese researchers visit interRAI NZ
Check out our interRAI reports - regularly updated
New training online for community administrators
Kotahi Project Update
Upcoming dates


Before entering a long-term care facility, 45.5% of people lived alone
Source: interRAI, TAS

Coronavirus - actions to take 

Given recent developments, associated media coverage and trainees attending interRAI training, it is important to convey accurate information to our community. We are guided by the Ministry of Health.

For those concerned about possible infection, the Ministry of Health has provided practical information on their website which we encourage you to read.

Any trainee must withdraw from training if they may be at risk of exposure because they—­or a member of their household—has recently been to mainland China, or has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have the virus. To reschedule, contact interRAI 0800 801 044 or

Anyone who is unwell should not be at training. Please contact Healthline 0800 611 116  or your GP for medical advice. Healthline has translators and interpreters available 24/7 in 150 languages, including Mandarin and Cantonese.


Above (L-R): General Manager interRAI Services Michele McCreadie, Systems Clinician Lyn Schofield and Principal Advisor Bridget Meehan. 

interRAI NZ shares learnings at 2nd World interRAI Conference in Belgium

interRAI New Zealand was well represented at the 2nd World interRAI Conference in Leuven, Belgium from 3-5 February.  General Manager interRAI Services Michele McCreadie, Principal Advisor Bridget Meehan,  Software Services Manager Terry Huntley and Systems Clinician Lyn Schofield all gave well-received presentations on the work happening in New Zealand. The conference brought together policy, practice and research from all over the world so people could share their experiences of developing, implementing and using interRAI in a range of different settings. The last global conference took place four years ago in Canada, so for Michele and her team, this was a wonderful opportunity to tap into thinking from across the globe and form important new relationships to support our work programme in New Zealand.


Above: Taiwanese researchers from National Cheng Kung University visit interRAI NZ to learn more about our aged care assessment tools.

Taiwanese researchers visit interRAI NZ

We were privileged to host at interRAI New Zealand a group of very engaged academic visitors from Taiwan last month, who were in the country to learn more about aged care assessment tools and interRAI.  We showcased our work and discussed our history, how we deliver training, what an assessment looks like and involves, and how we collect data. The Taiwanese group, from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City, were very interested in both how we use the assessment in New Zealand, and the valuable data it can evidence. interRAI is not currently used in Taiwan.


Check out our interRAI reports - regularly updated

interRAI assessments produce a wealth of information about the health of our older people. Our interactive visualisation tool allows us to access our aggregated interRAI assessment data. It is worth revisiting from time to time as the data is updated quarterly.


New training online for community administrators

interRAI Education and Support is excited to offer online training for your administrative staff in community offices, to help you manage your clients within the interRAI software. You can find out more and register for the training below. Administrator training for Aged Residential Care will follow soon.
 Read more about online administrative training for community offices


Kotahi Project update

interRAI software will be moved from two host sites to one host site at Canterbury DHB. Go-Live has now been targeted for April 2020. As we get closer to this date more information will become available. Email for more information.


Upcoming dates

  • 6-7 April 2020, the Age Concern "Vision for Ageing in Aotearoa Conference", Te Papa, Wellington: Brigette Meehan, Principle Advisor, interRAI will be speaking about Equity. Don't miss it.
  • 4-5 May 2020, College of Gerontology Nursing Conference, Harbourside, Wellington.Come and see us at our stand.
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