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Palliative Care Guidelines


Dr Kate Grundy FRACP FAChPM
Palliative Medicine Physician
Christchurch Hospital


Anne Morgan, Practice Advisor, Hospice New Zealand

Ruth Tramschek, Oncology Pharmacist, Christchurch Hospital


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this text, and that the best information available has been used. This does not diminish the requirement to exercise clinical judgement, and neither the publishers nor the authors can accept responsibility for its use in practice.

Note: Some medications are used for indications, by routes or in doses that are not approved by New Zealand licensing. This is common practice and validated internationally. For more information see 'The Use of Unapproved Medicines in Palliative Care'.

References and Resources

In This Section

Management of Persistent Pain in the Palliative Setting

Nausea and Vomiting


Intestinal Obstruction



Retained Secretions


Dry Mouth


Itch/ Pruritus

Anxiety, Distress and Agitation


Care of the Imminently Dying

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