Education and training

Mary Potter Hospice’s education team aims to work collaboratively with health professionals across a range of sectors and services, particularly in the community, to promote and provide evidence-based palliative care knowledge, skills and experiential learning.

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

Lockdown update:  Due to current COVID-19 lockdown levels, all face to face education training sessions and workshops have been postponed during August/September. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.  Thank you to all our front line workers and those who support them, please stay safe.  We will be posting recommendations for online modules during this time. Note that the Cancer Research Trust breakfast series is now presented as a monthly webinar. Details below.

2021 Whetū i te Rangi Symposium

Video recordings now online | from 24 September

Mary Potter Hospice Staff

In May 2021 this year Mary Potter hosted Whetū i te Rangi Symposium that attracted 250 people from across Aotearoa. It exceeded our expectations in terms of support and engagement. Those present were clinicians, academics, health and community leaders, kaumātua and healers.

The calibre of speakers was high and the engagement and interaction was very rich. Our feedback showed people left committed to reducing inequity in health. We believe we highlighted new research and provided the sector with tools and guidance. We have encouraged and highlighted the need for further research and further empowered those in the sector. It reinforced the strength and mauri of bringing a Te Ao Māori lens to the hospice community to support growth and future needs.

If you were unable to attend it is not too late. Filmed sessions of the day are available for the small price of $40.00 which will help us recoup production costs. To watch the symposium, follow this link to view. To review the programme of the day, follow this link.

2021 Aged Residential Care Palliative Care Programmes

Palliative Care Nurse Forum | 28 September

Due to the postponement of face-to-face events this month, we have designed a webinar ‘Challenging conversations’ to connect with you across the sector. Delivered via zoom, this month we will explore ‘difficult conversations with patients and whānau’. The new Advance Care Plan resource, Whenua ki te whenua | a taonga for the whānau, will also be presented. There will be time for discussion and sharing. To register and receive your certificate of attendance, click here.

Palliative Care Link Nurse Programme | Postponed

Unfortunately we will be postponing the Palliative Care Link Nurse programme till later in the year as we did not have sufficient applicants to proceed at this stage.  We welcome expressions of interest from you so please contact education@marypotter.org.nz if you would like to know more about it.

2021 Hospice NZ Programmes

Cancer Research Trust Lecture Series | Monthly

These  lectures are now offered as a monthly webinar. They will continue to be offered free of charge on the first Thursday of every month from 7.30 to 8.30am. To access the webinar click this link and open the flyer for the session to find the link to the advertised session. You can access previous lectures by registering here.

Caregivers | 13 October

This workshop will still go ahead if we are at Level 1. To register follow this link.

Subcutaneous Syringe Drivers | Various dates

Hospice NZ is now offering this as a Blended Learning Programme: online modules completed at your own pace followed by an in-person session for practical assessment.  To learn about the new programme, follow this link.  There are two pathways available:  full competency or annual update.

Newtown Tue 23 Nov Practical assessment Annual update
Porirua Tue 30 Nov Practical assessment Annual update
Kāpiti Wed 8 Dec Practical assessment Annual update

Fundamentals of Palliative Care | Postponed due to level 2 restrictions


Mary Potter Hospice Scholarship for Palliative Care Nursing

This scholarship is dedicated to supporting Māori and Pasifika student nurses, with an  interest in palliative care, to strive towards excellence in nursing while exploring palliative care as a future career option. It provides up to $5000 toward the cost of final year tertiary fees and also offers a guaranteed elective final work placement in the Inpatient Unit as well as an opportunity to work with us as a casual Health Care Assistant during this final year of study.

All Māori and Pasifika nursing students currently studying at Massey, Whiteria or Victoria University of Wellington are eligible to apply. Find more information about the scholarship and how to apply 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.