Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Fundamentals of Palliative Care

This multidisciplinary education resource has been developed by Hospice NZ and is for all staff, both registered and unregistered, working in the aged residential and primary health sectors. The Fundamentals of Palliative Care Package is delivered free of charge as it is funded by Waitematā District Health Board.

Harbour Hospice delivers this package over two days throughout the year; please refer to our education calendar below for dates and times. Onsite training can be arranged in single modules or grouped together. Registration is essential. To register for one of our courses please use the form below.

The ten modules that make up the learning package are:

Essence of Palliative Care
This module defines palliative and end-of-life care, and discusses the palliative approach.  

Ethical Issues in Palliative Care
Ethical issues occur in end-of-life care but with the right skills and decision-making processes, staff can assist patients and their families in the best ways possible.  

Pain and Symptom Management
This course covers the assessment of symptoms, careful planning and management of care, and ongoing evaluation.  

Palliative Care for People with Chronic Illness
Learn about the challenges for people living with advanced chronic illness, and ways to improve their quality of life.  

Palliative Care for People with Dementia
Learn about holistic assessment of pain and symptoms in end-stage dementia, how to minimise the burdens and strain experienced by family and carers, and decision-making skills in end-of-life care.

Communication Skills
Explore how people communicate with each other and how to deal with potential challenges.  

Last Days of Life
Develop the skills to make the last hours of life result in positive memories for families.  

Loss and Grief
Explore the importance of the care we give to people at the end of life, and after a loved one dies.  

Caring for Ourselves
This session is for staff to reflect on their own wellbeing, and look at ways to maintain our health and happiness.  

Introduction to Spiritual Care
Begin to explore how we can identify and meet the spiritual needs of the people we care for.

2021 Course Dates - Two-day Face to Face Programme (10 modules)

3 - 4 February, 8:30am to 3:30pm, Harbour Hospice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre
9 - 10 March8:30am to 3:30pm, The Gathering, B:HIVE Building, Smales Farm, 72 Taharoto Rd, Takapuna
14 - 15 April, 8:30am to 3:30pm, Harbour Hospice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre
18 - 19 May8:30am to 3:30pm, The Gathering, B:HIVE Building, Smales Farm, 72 Taharoto Rd, Takapuna
29 - 30 June, 8:30am to 3:30pmHarbour Hospice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre
3 - 4 August, 8:30am to 3:30pm, Whenua Pupuke, North Shore Hospital
19 - 20 October8:30am to 3:30pm, The Gathering, B:HIVE Building, Smales Farm, 72 Taharoto Rd, Takapuna
17 - 18 November, 8:30am to 3:30pm, Harbour Hospice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre

These modules have given me insight into many aspects of palliative care that can be transferred into various area’s in my career as a NZ health professional

— Tammy Ockerse