Mary Potter Hospice’s education programme aims to give other health professionals in the community the skills they need to provide the best palliative care.

Ani Waaka past board member, Patricia Grace presenter & writer, Sr Margaret Lancaster of Little Company of Mary & board member, and Ria Earp past Chief Executive

Our workshops are available for all health workers who provide palliative and end-of-life services. Education topics range from pain management to strategies for coping with grief and loss. The learning activities and methods we use provide an opportunity for experiential and collaborative learning.

We maintain strong links with the tertiary educational institutions in our region, including the University of Otago Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University Wellington and Whitireia Polytechnic. Some of our staff are visiting lecturers at these institutions.

IMG_2822-cropped_resizedAs a specialist centre, we can provide targeted onsite training for a range of health professionals and allied health workers. We can work with you to design training for the specific needs of your organisation.

View upcoming courses in our education programme. For more information, please contact Rahera at

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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:  Masterclass on Loss & Grief

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 have 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.