End-of-Life Choice Act resources

This page provides information and resources to support members in relation to the End-of-Life Choice Act implementation. An assisted dying service will be introduced in NZ on 7 November.

End-of-Life Choice Act resources

Ministry of Health key repository of information
The Ministry of Health is leading the work program to implement the EOLC Act and to introduce an assisted dying service in New Zealand from 7 November 2021. The Ministry website has information for health professionals to outline their rights and responsibilities under the Act (whether involved in assisted dying, wishing to conscientiously object, or needing guidance on how to talk with patients who may raise the issue). The MOH has a section on their website that provides details about implementation, statutory bodies created by the Act and the timeline to ensure enactment of this legislation by 7 November.  More here


MOH Resources

The following information and learning resources are now available via the Ministry's LearnOnline platform.

  • An e-learning module about the Act and assisted dying: this module is suitable for all health professionals and aims to provide a working knowledge of their roles and responsibilities under the Act, including conscientious objection. 
  • A recording of the June webinar: medical practitioners share their experiences of providing assisted dying services overseas.
  • Planning resources for health service providers: These include a preparation checklist and scenario document to support planning for situations where a person may request assisted dying.

MOH EOLC Workforce Survey

MOH's survey seeks an indication of health workforce knowledge, understanding and attitudes towards the Act, and available workforce training. Complete the survey here by 1 August, which takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

Health practitioners have a right to conscientiously object to providing assisted dying services. This survey does not seek confirmation or an indication about whether you intend to participate in, or opt out of, the service. It is seeking feedback on your understanding of the Act and assisted dying as part of implementation planning.

Note: Anonymised survey results will be published on the Ministry’s website as part of ensuring a transparent process in implementing the Act.

MOH whānau-centred end of life care webinar 3 August
Click here to register for MOH webinar on whānau-centred end of life care.
This webinar will explore what end of life care looks like when it is centred around whānau, and how this approach can be applied within assisted dying services. 
Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell and Riana Manuel will be joining Dr Kristin Good, Chief Clinical Advisor at the Ministry of Health and an experienced GP, to discuss this topic.

  • Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki Makaurau, Ngāti Porou) is a Research Fellow and founding member of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland. 
  • Riana Manuel (Ngati Pukenga, Ngati Maru, Ngati Kahungunu) is the Manukura Hauora (CEO) of Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki and Hauraki Primary Health Organisation. In 2014, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki piloted a community palliative care service to support Māori clients and their whānau through life limiting conditions.

Assisted dying service providers forum registration

Registrations of interest are invited from health professionals and health service providers to attend the assisted dying workforce forum 29-30 September in Wellington.

The forum will bring together health practitioners and others working in the provision of the assisted dying service. It will be an opportunity to ask questions, establish networks with peers, and learn about the assisted dying service and roles within it. Register your interest.

Delivery and funding of assisted dying services

Assisted dying services will be publicly funded and MOH will be responsible for overseeing the funding and provision of assisted dying services.   To support equitable access to services, any medical or nurse practitioner who is suitably qualified, and willing to do so, will be able to provide parts of assisted dying services.

If a practitioner is providing services through private practice, a non-government organisation or primary practice, they will be able to access funding through a fee-for-service model. This model is being developed and is currently being consulted on.

Assisted dying services are most likely to be provided in a person’s home or other community settings, rather than in hospital settings. A person’s medical or nurse practitioner will be able to travel to the person to provide care, and travel costs will be funded.

The Support and Consultation for End of Life in New Zealand (SCENZ) group will maintain the lists of practitioners who will be involved in assisted dying services. Expressions of interest will be invited from practitioners willing to provide assisted dying services. For more detail about delivery and funding please read MOH's information sheet.