Mary Potter Hospice’s Palliative Care Education Programme aims to work collaboratively with health professionals working across the range of sectors and services, particularly in the community, to promote and provide evidence palliative care knowledge, skills and experienced learning.

Following Covid19 lockdown, we were aware that Hospice and all our partners had been effected in some way, and are currently focused on recovery. We were concerned that resources for education and training for the rest of the year may be limited and discussed this with many of our stakeholders, including a survey with our aged residential care partners.

As a result of this we are offering two Masterclasses, the Hospice NZ Fundamentals of Palliative Care and Syringe Driver workshops. Our programmes have been reviewed and will be offered in a more streamlined format i.e. one day sessions.

Our workshops are designed for all health workers who provide palliative and end-of-life care to enhance the skills and knowledge they have and need to provide palliative care which will then meet the needs of their patients, clients, whānau and carers.

The topics, learning activities and methods we use, both provide and promote opportunities for experiential and collaborative learning which is outward (community) focused.

Are you a health care worker or an organisation who has specific needs and would work with us designing a workshop which meets your individual needs? Please email our Education Administrator or call on (04) 381 0152.

You can read more about the courses below and in the Education Calendar 2020.

Hospice NZ Programmes for 2020

  • Care Givers
    • Cancelled for 2020, to be rescheduled 2021
  • Fundamentals of Palliative Care
    • Cancelled for 2020, to be rescheduled 2021
  • Subcutaneous Syringe Drivers
    • Wednesday, 9 September (Cancelled)
    • Wednesday, 14 October
    • Wednesday, 11 November

For further information, general assistance or requests for designed workshops, please email our Education Administrator or call on (04) 381 0152.

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On reflecting on the course, I realised everyone who had shared their story had deep love and functioning relationship with the person they were caring for or had lost. Particularly with dementia this is not often what I am seeing in my work. – Participant of our Masterclass on Loss and Grief

Masterclasses for 2020

  • Loss and Grief (Sold Out)
    • Thursday, 15 October
    • Wait listing available, mail our Education Administrator
  • Pain and Symptom Management in Palliative Care (Sold Out)
    • Thursday, 12 November
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    • Internal staff only
  • Communication Skills, Being with Dying
    • To be rescheduled 2021

More information and to register below.

The Art of Palliative Medicine – Student reflections in art

University of Otago Wellington and Mary Potter Hospice offer a joint palliative medicine teaching programme to medical students. This involves teaching by Hospice staff, Hospice clinical placements and arranging for student-pairs to visit Hospice patients and whānau at home, and then writing a reflection with some students choosing to develop creative works to accompany the reflection.

The University of Otago Wellington has launched a website to display some of the art and reflections developed by students, The Art of Palliative Medicine. New artworks will be added as more students complete the programme.

Palliative Care Link Nurse Programme

The Palliative Care Link Nurse (PCLN) Programme is an opportunity for Registered Nurses with an interest in Palliative Care, working in Primary Care and Aged and Residential Care, to participate in the new Link Nurse programme. The PCLN programme is a five-day placement in a hospice palliative care setting where nurses work alongside experienced practitioners and are immersed in the role of the palliative care clinician. Nurses will be encouraged to develop innovative ideas that are relevant to their own practice.

PCLN Programme for 2020

  • Monday, 23rd – Friday 27th November 2020
    • | Applications opening Monday, 14th September 2020
    • | Closing date Monday, 12th October 2020

More information can be found here and the application form can be found here.

For further information or assistance please email our Education Administrator on 04 381 0152 or