What is Poi?

Poi is an Auckland wide approach to primary palliative care. Patients are identified in the community who are in the last 6-12 months of life and then strategies put in place to improve this time for them and their family. The initiative centres around a Family / Whānau meeting, which then produces a plan for the lead clinician to implement, supported by the local hospice.


A Poi PPA is a plan you and your whānau make with your GP and/or practice nurse if your home is in the community or through your facility nurse if your home is in residential care.

This is a plan to support your quality of life, to help you and your whanau be informed, and plan ahead for when your health condition becomes end stage. Planning is done during one or more family meetings with your clinician.

A Poi team will review your plan and support your GP and nurses with advice and resources as they continue to care for you in the community.

Talk to your nurse or GP about whether a Poi PPA is suitable for you or your loved one.

  • This service is free of charge for you and whānau.

  • The Poi team will not contact you or provide direct care.

  • The Poi PPA is not a referral to hospice. You can still be referred to hospice later if you develop symptoms or psycho-social needs that require specialist input.  

Patient/Whānau Resources

What is Palliative Care Brochure

Understanding Morphine and Opioids Brochure

Last Days Brochure

Living with Life Limiting Illness

Becoming a Caregiver

Planning a funeral

Palliative Care for people with Dementia


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