Heather McLeod


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Palliative Care Council Working Papers

Heather McLeod worked as advisor to the Palliative Care Council of New Zealand.


The Palliative Care Council (PCC) was established in 2008 by Cancer Control New Zealand to provide independent and expert advice to the Minister of Health, and to report on New Zealand’s performance in providing palliative and end-of-life care.


This was achieved through independent advice on:

• A strategic approach to palliative and end-of-life care that supports and involves the sector.

• Initiatives to reduce inequalities in access to palliative and end-of-life care services.

• How effectively initiatives have been implemented.

• International directions and initiatives in palliative and end-of-life care.


The Palliative Care Council was part of, and supported by, Cancer Control New Zealand. The Council included representatives from the New Zealand Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine, Hospice New Zealand, Hospital Palliative Care New Zealand and Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand, and members nominated by the Royal NZ College of GPs/NZ Rural GP network, Nursing Council of NZ, Māori and consumers.





The Minister of Health disbanded Cancer Control New Zealand with effect from 8 August 2015. This effectively closed the Palliative Care Council at the same time. A new palliative care advisory body to the Ministry of Health met for the first time in December 2015.





Heather developed a working paper series for the Palliative Care Council. This series enabled the Council to share interim research findings for discussion before full recommendations were formulated. Heather authored all the working papers except Numbers 5, 7 and 9, where the lead author was Stephanie Calder.


The working papers were previously held on a dedicated HIIRC website.


If you need access to any of the papers or to any of the formal publications produced by the Palliative Care Council, please contact Heather McLeod. Each working paper typically also has a short exective summary and a pack of PowerPoint slides. In some cases Excel spreadsheets are also available. Papers are shown in order of publication.






  • Deaths in New Zealand: History and Projections. Working Paper No. 1, July 2013

  • Palliative Care in Aged Residential Care: Background and Research in New Zealand. Working Paper No. 2, July 2013

  • Deaths in New Zealand: Regional and Ethnic Projections, 2014-2026. Working Paper No. 3, April 2014

  • Deaths in New Zealand: Place of Death 2000-2010. Working Paper No. 4, May 2014.

  • Cancer Deaths in New Zealand, 2000 to 2010. Working Paper No. 6, October 2014.

  • Care of people in their last days of life: New Zealand based approaches. Working Paper No. 5, November 2014

  • International evidence and best practice of models of care for people in their last days of life, including the Liverpool Care Pathway: A Literature Review. Working Paper No. 7, November 2014

  • Results of a survey of family/whānau caring for people in their last days of life, Working Paper No. 9, November 2014

  • Updated Projections of Deaths in New Zealand, March 2015 (short paper with accompanying Excel tables)

  • Deaths in Residential Care in New Zealand, 2000 to 2010, Working Paper No. 8, July 2015

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