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Hospice is a philosophy of care which extends beyond the physical needs of a person to their emotional, social and spiritual needs and those of their family.

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Our palliative care services provide specialist and compassionate nursing care at home for people in our community.

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Palliative Care Education 2019

Palliative Care Lecture Series 2019

Hospice New Zealand, with generous support from the  Cancer Research Trust New Zealand, is delighted to offer free access to this programme of monthly palliative care lecture series. The lectures are delivered via teleconference with a PowerPoint presentation that the speaker takes participants through.  This education opportunity is designed to suit the needs of a multidisciplinary audience with an interest in palliative care.  The lectures are usually held on the first Thursday of each month February-December, commencing with a light breakfast from 7:10am followed by the lecture at  7.30-8.30am at Lake Taupō Hospice, 29 Huka Falls Road, Taupō.

7 March 2019 – Doing Death Differently (Presented by Kathryn Mannix, Consultant, UK) (download flyer here)

4 April 2019 – Palliative and End of Life Care for People with Intellectual Disability (Presented by Prudence Lennox, Director of Nursing, IDEA Services)

2 May 2019 – Understanding the Impact of New Public Health Approaches and End of Life Care (Presented by Dr Libby Sallnow, Palliative Medicine Consultant UK and honorary Senior Clinical UCL and St Christopher’s Hospice, UK)

6 June 2019 – The Role of Oxygen in Palliative Care (Presented by Rachel Wiseman, Respiratory Physician)

4 July 2019 – Update on Euthanasia (Presented by Dr Sinead Donnelly, Consultant Internal Medicine, CCDHB, Wellington)

1 August 2019 – Pressure Injury Prevention and Skin Care at End of Life (Presented by Associate Professor Geoff Sussman, Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education, Monash University)

5 September 2019 – “The Safe Death” from the Perspectives of Patients and Caregivers (Presented by Dr Sue Rainsford, Palliative Medicine Specialist, Cooma Calvary Health Care Bruce Clare Holland House, Canberra)

3 October 2019 – Approaching the Veil: Traditional Maori End of Life Care Customs (Presented by Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Research Fellow, University of Auckland)

7 November 2019 – What’s new in Nausea and Vomiting (Presented by Dr Lana Ferguson, Palliative Medicine, Waikato DHB)

5 December 2019 – Interdisciplinary Care (Presented by Professor Marion Jones, Professor of Interprofessional Learning, Dean, Graduate Research School, Auckland)

Flyer for above can be downloaded HERE.

Information on upcoming lectures and access to lectures from previous years can be found on the Hospice New Zealand website.

Waikato Palliative Care Project ECHO is now live

Project ECHO transforms the way education and knowledge is shared, by connecting healthcare professionals in the Waikato area, especially those in our more remote communities.

Each monthly session runs from 2.00 to 3.00pm, it includes 15 minutes of education presented by a topic expert, followed by one case-based interactive discussions.  Each TeleECHO clinic is facilitated by a multidisciplinary specialist hub team on the third Thursday of every month.

To join any of the TeleECHO clinics please contact Andrea Jones: mailto:andrea.jones@hospicewaikato.org.nz

For more information and to view past recorded sessions, please go to the website: https://www.hospicewaikato.org.nz/education-item/project-echo


Waikato Palliative Care Study Day for Nurses:

This day is video linked to Izard Hospice House from Waikato Hospital and will address symptom management and supportive care in palliative care and is held twice a year.  Dates for 2019 as still to be confirmed but will be published here as soon as they are available.

Introduction to Hospice and Palliative Care:

These sessions are suitable for all Health Professionals, Aged Residential Care Staff & Allied Health Workers.

Date:  first Thursday of each month
Time:  9:00 – 10:30am

Izard Hospice House
Lake Taupō Hospice
29 Huka Falls Road

Please contact Lake Taupō office on 07 377 4252 if you are planning on attending or email Michelle Edlin educationadmin@laketaupohospice.co.nz.

One-off learning sessions can be arranged on request

If you have specific palliative care learning needs, we may be able to arrange individual education sessions for your organisation.


If you have a query about education contact Michelle Edlin on educationadmin@laketaupohospice.co.nz or phone 07 377 4252.