Support Services (including Social Worker)

Support Services Team 

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Providing emotional, social and spiritual support to our patients and their families/whanau is an important part of what we do. Our trained counsellors help not only the patients but also families/whanau and carers cope with the issues arising from the illness and support them during bereavement.

Carers can support your loved ones by:

  • Doing your best to be a good listener.
  • Being truthful.
  • Enjoying the good days - Make the most of your time!
  • Don't be afraid to ask question, and ask for help.

Counselling is the process of helping and supporting a person to resolve personal, social, or psychological challenges and difficulties.

Social Workers provide care, advice and support to people with personal or social problems and help with community and social issues.

Spiritual care seeks to help people discover hope, resilience, inner strength and peace in times of illness, transition and loss. It acknowledges the value and uniqueness of each person and responds compassionately to the challenges and needs of individual with a life limiting illness. Spirituality is the aspect of our humanity and refers to the way we seek and express meaning and purpose, the way we experience our connectedness to ourselves, other, the sacred, nature, creativity and to the moment. Further information about spirituality can be found at:

The Creative Arts Therapies are based on the idea that creativity enhances the well-being of all people and is a natural aspect of all cultures and human experience. Further information about arts therapy can be found at

Everyone faces death in their own way; making choices and having control is an important way to keep your dignity at the end of life.

Moku a no enei ra

ka hekejeke; he rakau ka

hinga ki te mano wai!

Let these few days be for

me, for the declining sun;

a tree falling through

many floods of waters

Introducing our Hospice Support Services Team

Stacey Marshall - Support Services Manager & Registered Arts Therapist

Stacey is responsible for ensuring appropriate support is provided for Hospice patients, families/whanau,  children and significant others as required. She also has a client caseload and offers arts therapy as an option for when words are not enough or for when there are no words.

Stacey works with children, patients, family/whanau members and those who are bereaved. 

Contact Stacey by email here or phone 06 753 7830 ext 8669 - Monday to Thursday

Jane Woollard - Counsellor

Providing individual counselling for Hospice patients, family/whanau members, and those who are bereaved.

Jane facilities the following groups throughout the year: Carers' Programme, Patient Discussion Group, Bereavement Support Group. 

To contact Jane email here or phone- 06 753 7830 ext 8669 - Thursday's and Friday's

Vanessa Philp - Counsellor 

Vanessa offers individual counselling to residents in Aged Care Facilities, their families/whanau and carers based on identified need, primarily focused in North Taranaki.  

Liaising with Hospice Taranaki Residential Aged Care Palliative Liaison Clinical Nurse Specialist regarding support for Central and South Taranaki residents in Aged Care Facilities and works with appropriate referrals in these areas.

Vanessa facilities counselling support, mediation, debriefing and education for staff in Aged Care Facilities where required.

To contact Vanessa email here or phone Thursdays and Fridays - 06 753 7830 ext 8641

Annemarie Molloy - Spiritual Carer/ Counsellor

Annemarie cares for the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and family/whanau members, from in Te Rangimarie Hospice. Facilitates two memorial services a year in New Plymouth.

To contact Annemarie email here or phone Wednesday and half days on Monday and Friday - 06 753 7830 ext 8641

Jackie Price - Social Worker

Jackie completes social assessments which assist the wider Hospice team to provide the best possible support to patients and their families/whanau.

Involves advocacy, providing information and referrals to other agencies as required. Jackie can provide information and assistance with a variety of resources including Meal on Wheels, Medical alarms, Mobility Parking, Enduring Power of Attorneys, Wills, Rest Home placements, Work and Income entitlements including Funeral grants.

Assisting with discharge planning within Te Rangimarie Hospice and completes visits to community patients at home and patients in either Hawera or New Plymouth hospital.

To contact Jackie email here or phone Monday to Friday - 06 753 7830 x 8655 OR 027 262 6952

Mark Wester - Social Worker

Mark is only available when Jackie is away. To contact Mark email here or phone Monday to Friday - 06 753 7830 x 8655 OR 027 262 6952

Hospice Taranaki

Call us 24/7 at 06 753 7830