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.

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.

We work in partnership with local universities, health providers and community groups. As a specialist centre, we often provide targeted on-site training for a range of health professionals and Allied Health workers.

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 2020 Education Booklet; you can book on the courses online below.

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 (2 Days)
    • Thursday, 2nd April 2020
    • Friday, 3rd April 2020
    • Programme here and flyer here
  • Pain and Symptom Management in Palliative Care
    • Thursday, 14th May 2020
    • Programme here and flyer here
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    • Thursday, 18th June 2020
  • Communication Skills, Being with Dying
    • 10th September 2020

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 – Closing date extended to 20th February 2020

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, 30th March – Friday 3rd April 2020 
    • Applications opening Monday, 20th January 2020
    • Closing date Monday, 20th February 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

Education Courses for Health Partners and Community Workers