Introduction to Education:

A key feature of our palliative care is providing education for healthcare professionals involved in end of life care within the Taranaki region. Throughout the year our team offers holistic education that is practical, theoretical and reflective, across the range of topics relevant to palliative care. Education is provided by Specialists from our Medical, Nursing, Family Support (Counselling, Social Work, Spiritual) and Cultural Liaison teams. Our education programmes seek to not only build skills across networks but also to support a shared care approach.

Education Programme Palliative Care for 2020

To request additional information regarding Education sessions please contact Paula King, the Hospice Taranaki Clinical Nurse Educator

Register here 

Training is held at:
Yarrow's Education Suite
Te Rangimarie
Hospice Taranaki
5 David Street
New Plymouth 4310


Genesis Oncology Palliative Care Lecture Series

First Thursday of each month from 0730 - 0830

For further details please email Letiesha or telephone 06 753 7830

Session dates for 2020:

#Lecture 2, 5th March

with: Dr Mary Miller (UK), Consultant in Palliative Medicine & Dr Anna Sutherland, Specialist Registrar Oxford University Hospital

topic: Nausea, vomiting and olanzapine

#Lecture 3, 2nd April

with: Dr Huhana Hickey, Pukenga Consultancy Ltd

topic: Palliative care in marginalised societies

#Lecture 4, 7th May

with: Nolan Hodgson, Music Therapist, Hospice Waikato

topic: Music therapy in palliative care

#Lecture 5, 4th June

with: Fiona Hewerdine, Speech Language Therapist, Speech & Language Therapy Services, Tauranga

topic: Speech Language Therapy in palliative care


Link Nurse Group Meeting North/Central & South Taranaki

The aim of this is to develop and promote best practice in the provision of palliative care in the Aged Care sector.

To maintain and support quality palliative care education within Taranaki, to review resources, share resources and offer peer support. For registered/enrolled nurses.

Thursdays of every second month from 16:00 - 17:00.  Dates to be advised. 

No charge.


Hospice New Zealand Syringe Driver Competency Program

The aim of this workshop is to assist Registered Nurses in aged residential care or private hospitals to increase knowledge, skills and competencies in the use of subcutaneous syringe drivers within a palliative care context.

This course is endorsed by Hospice New Zealand.  

This is a 2 hour workshop + written assessment to achieve the Hospice NZ Competency Certificate.

2020 Dates

  • Wednesday 12 February 1300 -- 1500
  • Wednesday 11 March 1300 - 1500
  • Wednesday 8 April 1300 - 1500
  • Wednesday 10 June 1300 - 1500
  • Wednesday 5 August 1300 - 1500
  • Wednesday 7 October 1300 - 1500
  • Wednesday 4 November 1300 - 1500
  • Wednesday 2 December 1300 - 1500

There is a charge of $60 per person - an invoice will be sent when you have completed the "Registration".  Click here for PDF flier


Failure to attend or cancellation within 72 hours of the course will still incur the full cost.

Register early to avoid disappointment - this will also assist us with the planning. Thank you.


Hospice New Zealand Syringe Driver Refresher Program

Annual updates (Refresher courses) are recommended, to maintain competency, in the use of the syringe driver and medication management in Palliative Care.

2020 Dates:

  • Wednesday 19 February 1300 - 1430
  • Wednesday 18 March 1300 - 1430
  • Wednesday 15 April 1300 - 1430
  • Wednesday 17 June 1300 - 1430
  • Wednesday 12 August 1300 - 1430
  • Wednesday 14 October 1300 - 1430
  • Wednesday 11 November 1300 - 1430
  • Wednesday 9 December 1300 - 1430


There is a charge of $30 per person - an invoice will be sent when you have Registered - you must pay prior to the Education session

Click here for PDF flier

Failure to attend or cancellation within 72 hours of the course will still incur the full cost.

Register early to avoid disappointment - this will also assist us with the planning. Thank you.


Hospice NZ Fundamentals of Palliative Care Education

Available for all staff in Aged Care facilities, please click here to see and print the 'flier'

Topics covered are:

  • Essence of Palliative Care
  • Pain & Symptom Management
  • Ethical Issues in Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care for people with Chronic Illness
  • Palliative Care for people with Dementia
  • Communication Skills
  • Last Days of Life
  • Loss & Grief
  • Caring for Ourselves
  • Spirituality
2020 Dates:

One half day in the afternoon from 13:00 - 16:30 each week, for 5 weeks.

Wednesday 26 August, 2 September, 9 September, 16 September, 23 September

 Cost: $75 - please complete this registration form - you will be invoiced and must pay prior to the Education session. No refunds.

Certificate of Attendance on completion of workshops is provided - you must attend all 5 sessions.

Fundamentals Programme certificate will be received when your reflective evaluation has been returned.


Requests for Education either at Te Rangimarie or offsite are invited.


Palliative Education for Care Assistants Course

This education is designed to provide the key principle, practical knowledge and foundational skills of Palliative care to care assistants and home based support workers - but anyone can attend who has not had Palliative care experience and would like to feel they have knowledge in their role.  It is provided as a "stepping stone" to the more comprehensive Fundamentals of Palliative Care which will be run later in the year.  This course runs on 4 consecutive weeks through May.  There is no charge for this course.

REGISTER>>>please click here to read and print the 'flier'

2020 Dates 

Wednesday 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th May - 1300 - 1500

No charge for these Education Sessions

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