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interRAI Informer
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Welcome to the interRAI Informer #27: regular news updates from interRAI New Zealand for better health outcomes.

In this issue

Requests for interRAI data
Research presentation

International attention for interRAI Services

Survey of home care providers
interRAI and interoperability
Coming up: software upgrade
World interRAI Conference in Belgium
interRAI in the media
Research and publications
New on
Upcoming dates


20 is the number of individual interRAI data requests our Insights & Analytics team have responded to in April 2019 alone. These requests are in addition to data you can access via the interRAI Data Visualisation, your local interRAI software or our regular data reports.

interRAI data is increasingly used by researchers, health professionals, the Ministry of Health and care providers to better understand the health and social needs of older people. 

Dr Hamish Jamieson, who yesterday published a large study using interRAI data has previously called the interRAI dataset "New Zealand's world leading database on older people".

Go to the interRAI Data Visualisation
How to request interRAI data
Health Central about interRAI data

Still some spaces left: Research presentation

Heather McLeodWe still have some spaces left for our upcoming research presentation.

Professor Heather McLeod will be speaking about trajectories of care -  how older people use services over the last ten years of life.

The presentation is followed by a networking function. 

Wednesday 22 May 2019
Front+Centre, TAS, 69 Tory St, Wellington and by Zoom

More about the presentation
RSVP today!

International attention for interRAI Services

New Zealand is becoming a destination for international officials wanting to learn about interRAI and its implementation. A 16-member delegation of senior health professionals from Singapore has just gone and interRAI Services are looking forward to welcoming a group of visitors from Qatar. 

Health officials from Singapore’s Ministry of Health, Agency for Integrated Care, Home Nursing Foundation, Woodlands Health Campus and social enterprise NTUC Health Co-operative spent five days in Auckland and Wellington learning about interRAI Services during March.


Survey of home care providers 

Are you working for a home care provider? We would like to hear from you.

interRAI Services is inviting you to participate in our quick survey of home care providers.  

We would like to better understand how home and community care providers, and people working for those providers, experience interRAI. Tell us what you know about interRAI, how you interact with interRAI Services, and what we can do better.

The survey is open until Monday 20 May 2019. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete.

Take the survey now

interRAI and interoperability

The interRAI New Zealand Governance Board’s position on interoperability with other systems is available on the interRAI NZ website. Please make sure you refer to this document if you are looking at interoperability.


Coming up: software upgrade

The next interRAI software upgrade is on 24 May 2019 (Taranaki host site) and 31 May (Canterbury host site). It will introduce password self-reset. 

Stay informed about software upgrades

Check and sign up for upgrade emails at


Call for abstracts open for World interRAI Conference in Belgium

The second World interRAI Conference is planned for 3-5 February 2020 in Leuven, Belgium and the call for abstracts has opened. 

The conference will bring together policy, practice and research from all over the globe, to share experiences of developing, implementing and using the interRAI suite of instruments in different care sectors.

Over 600 people from all over the world participated in the first World interRAI Conference in Toronto, Canada in 2016.

Go to the Conference website

interRAI in the media

interRAI recently featured in three Health Central stories:

Research and publications

Hamish Jamieson, Rebecca Abey-Nesbit, Ulrich Bergler, Sally Keeling, Philip J. Schluter, Richard Scrase, Cameron Lacey: Evaluating the Influence of Social Factors on Aged Residential Care Admission in a National Home Care Assessment Database of Older Adults 

New on 


Upcoming dates

  • 28 May 2019 in ChristchurchIntegrating interRAI in your facility workshop 
  • June 2019 in Tauranga, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington: Sally Aydon, interRAI Educator is presenting Want to work on ways to shorten the time you spend on your documentation? at the NZACA Aged Care registered nurses workshops. Online registrations are open at
  • 18-22 November 2019 in Hamilton: Digital Health Week NZ and HiNZ 2019:Make sure you visit the TAS stand 
To join our Integrating interRAI workshops contact John McDougall (NZACA) at 
Stay informed about software upgrades

Check and sign up for upgrade emails at

Keen to read more from us?

We recommend our other newsletter Inside interRAI with operational updates for interRAI users in New Zealand.

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