Introduction to Education:

A key feature of our palliative care is providing education for healthcare professionals involved in palliative care within the Taranaki region. Throughout the year our team offers holistic education that is practical, theoretical and reflective, across the range of topics relevant to palliative care. Education is provided by Specialists from our Medical, Nursing, Support Services (Counselling, Social Work, Spiritual) and Cultural Liaison teams. Our education programs seek to not only build skills across networks but also to support a shared care approach.

Education Programme Palliative Care for 2022

To request additional information regarding Education sessions please contact Paula King, the Hospice Taranaki Clinical Nurse Educator

Register here for 2022

Education evaluation forms 2022 to be completed following the training.

Training is held at:
Hospice Taranaki
Te Rangimarie
Yarrow Education Suite
5 David Street
New Plymouth 4310


Palliative Care Lecture Series

First Thursday of each month from 0730 - 0830

For further details please email Letiesha or telephone 06 753 7830

Watch them - wherever you are... you’ll be able to access all you need for the lecture via a private webpage – on the Hospice NZ website.  

If you wish to listen to earlier lectures, please go to

2022 Lectures

Thursday 3rd March

Conserving Dignity with Intimate Hygiene: A Qualitative Study

Presenter - Dr Deidre Morgan, Senior Lecturer of Palliative Care, Flinders University, Adelaide Australia

Thursday 7th April

Palliative Care for People with Dementia

Presenter - Dr Stephen Macfarlane, Head of Medical Services, Dementia Centre, Sydney Australia

Thursday 5th May

Understanding LGBTQ+  Community Wishes for Palliative Care

Presenter - Nick Roberts, Senior Policy Officer (Palliative Care Policy), Health and Social Policy Branch - NSW Ministry of Health, Sydney, Australia DrPHD Candidate with UNSW

Thursday 2nd June

Palliative Sedation/Dexmedetomidine Infusions

Presenter - Dr Lana Ferguson, Palliative Care Consultant, Hospice Waikato/Waikato DHB, Hamilton NZ

Thursday 7th July

Overview of Auckland Metro POI Programme

Presenter - Dr Heidi Conway, Medical Officer, Harbour Hospice, Auckland NZ


Webcast quick info

  • From Feb 2021 the lectures became webcast only
  • No phone needed - you’ll access the lecture via the internet
  • No longer need a copy of the speakers PowerPoint prior to the lecture – they will control this via the webcast
  • You’ll need an internet-capable screen/computer in a shared space with speakers and keyboard for questions

We suggest you bookmark this page on your computer and the shared computer where your site will listen to the lecture.



Link Nurse Group Meeting North/Central & South Taranaki

The aim of this is to develop and promote best practice in the provision of palliative care in the Aged Care sector, to maintain and support quality palliative care education within Taranaki, to review resources, share resources and offer peer support.

For registered/enrolled nurses.

Thursdays of every second month from 16:00 - 17:00.  Dates to be advised. 

No charge.


Hospice New Zealand Syringe Driver Competency Program

The aim of this workshop is to assist Registered Nurses in aged residential care or private hospitals to increase knowledge, skills and competencies in the use of subcutaneous syringe drivers within a palliative care context.

This course is endorsed by Hospice New Zealand.  

This is a 2 hour workshop + written assessment to achieve the Hospice NZ Competency Certificate.

Please contact Paula King -  to find out how this course will be held under Covid traffic light RED

2022 Dates

  • Wednesday 9 February
  • Wednesday 9 March
  • Wednesday 6 April
  • Wednesday 8 June
  • Wednesday 6 July
  • Wednesday 10 August
  • Wednesday 7 September
  • Wednesday 2 November

There is a charge of $60 per person - an invoice will be sent when you have completed the "Registration".  


Failure to attend or cancellation within 72 hours of the course will still incur the full cost.

Register early to avoid disappointment - this will also assist us with the planning. Thank you.


Hospice New Zealand Syringe Driver Refresher Program

Annual updates (Refresher courses) are recommended, to maintain competency, in the use of the syringe driver and medication management in Palliative Care.
Please contact Paula King - click here - to find out how this course will be held under Covid traffic light Orange

2022 Dates:

  • Wednesday 16 February
  • Wednesday 16 March
  • Wednesday 13 April
  • Wednesday 15 June
  • Wednesday 13 July
  • Wednesday 17 August
  • Wednesday 14 September
  • Wednesday 9 November


There is a charge of $30 per person - an invoice will be sent when you have Registered (please now click on the 'register here highlighted just a line above...) - you must pay prior to the Education session

Failure to attend or cancellation within 72 hours of the course will still incur the full cost.

Register early to avoid disappointment - this will also assist us with the planning. Thank you.



Hospice NZ Fundamentals of Palliative Care Education

Available for all staff in Aged Care facilities,

There will be an option of completing this in a group setting or doing the course on-line, please chat with our Paula to help you decide which option will work for you

 Register here 2022

Topics covered are:

  • Essence of Palliative Care
  • Pain & Symptom Management
  • Ethical Issues in Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care for people with Chronic Illness
  • Palliative Care for people with Dementia
  • Communication Skills
  • Last Days of Life
  • Loss & Grief
  • Caring for Ourselves
  • Spirituality
2022 Dates to be advised:

One half day in the afternoon from 13:00 - 16:30 each week, for 5 weeks.

Dates - to be advised

 Cost: $75 - please complete this registration form 2022 - you will be invoiced and must pay prior to the Education session. No refunds.

Certificate of Attendance on completion of workshops is provided - you must attend all 5 sessions.

Fundamentals Programme certificate will be received when your reflective evaluation has been returned.


Requests for Education either at Te Rangimarie or offsite are invited.


Palliative Education for Care Assistants Course

This education is designed to provide the key principle, practical knowledge and foundational skills of Palliative care to care assistants and home based support workers - but anyone can attend who has not had Palliative care experience and would like to feel they have knowledge in their role.  It is provided as a "stepping stone" to the more comprehensive Fundamentals of Palliative Care which will be run later in the year.  This course runs on 4 consecutive weeks through May.  There is no charge for this course.  

For further information, please contact Paula King -

Register here 2022

2022 Dates to be advised

No charge for these Education Sessions

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