At the recent NZACA Conference, interRAI Services launched new National Standards for interRAI assessors in aged residential care facilities in New Zealand.

“We expect assessors using the Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) assessment will see a noticeable difference, especially in the length of time it takes to complete assessments,” said Catherine Cooney, Chair of the interRAI New Zealand Governance Board.

“We consulted with our partners in the aged residential care sector and paid close attention to the feedback. These new Standards are another step towards making using interRAI sustainable in the long term.”

“The aim is to reduce duplication with other resident management systems and develop standards that are practical and straightforward for facilities and assessors, while maintaining the most important aspects of the assessment. We are confident we have achieved those aims,” said Cooney.

National Standards help assessors to correctly use the assessment note fields, which are used to capture important information not covered by coding.

Facility managers and interRAI assessors are asked to replace the Standards documents in their facilities, so everyone works to the same specifications.

Download the new National Standards from the interRAI website at


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