Mary Potter Hospice aims to provide the best palliative care possible for the people we support. We undertake and encourage research to better understand and improve care for those living with a life-limiting illness.

5.2 meetingOur research focuses on the physical, social, psychological and spiritual challenges that patients and their loved ones experience.

We are also committed to developing and maintaining research partnerships. This allows researchers from other institutions to study aspects of palliative caring within our institution, as well as providing opportunities for our staff to enhance their research studies through collaboration.

Past and present collaborative efforts have included work with the Cancer Society, Motor Neuron Disease Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Massey University, and University of Otago Wellington.

Hospice Research Fellow

Mary Potter Hospice employs a Research Fellow.  Our current Fellow is Martin Woods. Contact Martin on

Our latest research:

Research articles

Bolton, L., Loveard, T. & Brander, P. (2016). Carer experiences in inpatient hospice care for patients with dementia, delirium and related cognitive impairment. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 22(8), 396-403. To learn more contact us at

Bolton, L. & Loveard, T. (2016). Te Kete Marie – The peaceful basket: An initiative for supporting people with dementia or delerium. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 22 (3), 130-136. To learn more contact us at

Iupati, S.P.M. & Ensor, B.R. (2016). Do Community hospice programmes reduce hospitalisation rate in patients with advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Internal Medicine Journal 46 (3), 295–300. To learn more contact us at

McBain, L., Donnelly, S., Hilder, J., O’Leary, C. & McKinlay, E. (2015). “I wanted to communicate my feelings freely”: A descriptive study of creative responses to enhance reflection in palliative medicine education. Published in BMC Medical Education, 15:180. doi: 10.1186/s12909-015-0465-4. To learn more contact us at

De Vries, K., Walton, J., Nelson, K. & Knox, R. (2015). An examination of the research priorities for a hospice service in New Zealand: A Delphi study. Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care, 1478-9515/15: 1-9. doi: 10.1017/S1478951515000838  To learn more contact Professor Jo Walton, Victoria University of Wellington

Interested in conducting research?

In the first instance please contact either Brian Ensor, Research Director at and/or Martin Woods, Research Fellow at outlining your initial research ideas involving Mary Potter Hospice. They will discuss these further with you and if of interest to us they will then ask you to complete and submit an Application to Conduct Research to formalise your request.

The Mary Potter Hospice Research Policy can be read here.

Interested in donating funds for research?

If you are interested in donating funds to Mary Potter Hospice specifically for research please contact Sarah Francis on 04 381 0173, Sarah and the Research Director would be delighted to discuss possibilities with you. Thank you.