Education and training

Mary Potter Hospice’s 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 base palliative care knowledge, skills and experiential learning.

Our education programme is designed for health professionals who provide palliative and end-of-life care to enhance the skills and knowledge they have and need to provide palliative care which will better meet the needs of patients, clients, whānau and carers. The topics, learning activities and methods we use provide and promote opportunities for experiential and collaborative learning.

2021 Mary Potter Hospice Masterclasses

Loss and Grief  | Thursday 29 July
Register here

This one day workshop gives an overview of grief theory and the practices around working with people facing the end of life. It draws on international research and explores the challenges of working with people and their extended family/whānau.

2021 Hospice NZ Programmes

  • Subcutaneous Syringe Drivers
    Tuesday 7 September (Newtown), Tuesday 14 September (Porirua), Wednesday 22 September (Kāpiti)
  • Fundamentals of Palliative Care (delivered with blended learning)
    Dates TBC

To register for all of above courses, excluding the Loss & Grief masterclass, please follow this link. For ARC managers, please contact our Education Administrator for assistance.

Are you a health care worker or an organisation who has specific needs and would like to work with us in designing a workshop which meets your needs? Contact our Education Administrator by email education@marypotter.org.nz or call (04) 381 0169.

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Excellent talks by Mary Potter Hospice doctors. They made me think about the management of unwell residents and how we may manage symptoms more effectively. – Participant of Pain and Symptom Management in Palliative Care Masterclass


Palliative Care Link Nurse Programme

The Palliative Care Link Nurse (PCLN) Programme is a learning opportunity for Registered Nurses with an interest in palliative care who currently work in primary or aged and residential care. The PCLN Programme is a five-day placement in a hospice 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.

2021 PCLN Programme

  • Monday 23 August – Friday 27 August
  • Applications open Monday 28 June
  • Applications close Monday 28 July

If you are interested in participating in the PCLN Programme,  please complete the application form. More information about the PCLN Programme can be found here.


The Art of Palliative Medicine

The University of Otago, Wellington and Mary Potter Hospice offer a joint palliative medicine teaching programme to medical students. This involves teaching by Mary Potter Hospice staff, clinical placements at the Hospice 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 displays some of the art and reflections developed by students on their website. New artworks will be added as more students complete the programme.