Skip to main content

Join the palliative care equity working group

freshly picked flowers in vase outdoors

Te Whatu Ora is looking for leaders or those with experience to join a palliative care equity working group.

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand holds responsibility for developing a palliative care work programme co-sponsored by Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority. The purpose of this programme is to support a nationally consistent approach to palliative and end-of-life care planning, funding, service delivery and outcomes that ensures services meet the needs of all New Zealanders and their whānau. 

The national palliative care steering group are pleased to announce that Expression of Interest applications are now open for the equity working group. 

The equity working group is being established to ensure that the national palliative care work programme keeps equity front and centre.  This working group will identify unwarranted variation, inequitable access to, and outcomes from, palliative care services and provide recommendations on achieving equitable access for all New Zealanders and their whānau. 

If you’re passionate about ensuring palliative and end-of-life care meets the needs of all people, regardless of who they are, where they live, or their whānau context, and are keen to work collaboratively and have capacity to be involved in this national work – Te Whatu Ora would love to hear from you! 


We’re looking for those with experience and/or leadership in the areas of:

  • Wellbeing for Māori, Pacific, and Asian communities 
  • Whaikaha (disability) community
  • People with experience of receiving palliative care services and their whānau
  • LGBTQIA+ community
  • Health service policy, planning and funding
  • Improving access to palliative care services (patients and whānau)
  • Analysis and research specifically in relation to equity in health services
  • Primary, community and specialist palliative care services.


For further information please see the attached Expression of Interest application form and draft Terms of Reference. 

If you are interested in applying, please fill out the online application form or email for more information.

Applications for the equity working group close Friday 10 November.

Read more about the national palliative care work programme.