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Palliative Care Guidelines


These medicine guidelines were developed for inpatient use by the Waitemata DHB Hospital Palliative Care Team, and the Pharmacy at North Shore Hospital. The guides have been endorsed by the Waitemata DHB Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

They are available for use by primary care health professionals. Please read the following notes and disclaimer before downloading the guidelines.


These guidelines are for use in palliative care only. These guidelines may contain medicines with unlicensed doses, routes, and indications.


These guidelines are provided to assist primary care health professionals with the use of medicines that may be used for palliative care. Users of these guidelines must always consider current best practice and use their clinical judgement with each patient. These guidelines are not a substitute for individual clinical decision making.