Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Fundamentals of Palliative Care

This education resource has been specifically developed by Hospice NZ as a multidisciplinary education resource aimed at all staff, registered and unregistered working in the aged residential sector and primary health. The Fundamentals of Palliative Care Package is delivered free of charge as it is funded by Waitemata District Health Board. Harbour Hospice delivers this package over two days throughout the year, please refer to our education calendar for dates and times. Onsite training can be arranged in single modules or grouped together. To register for one of our courses please click here. 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 people and their families in the best ways possible.


Pain & 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 with living advanced chronic illness, and ways to improve their quality of life.


Palliative Care for People with Dementia

Get educated in the 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 & Grief

Explore the importance of the care we give to people at the end of life, and after they die.


Caring for Ourselves

This session is for staff to reflect on their own wellbeing, and look at ways to maintain it.


Introduction to Spiritual Care

An introduction to how to meet the spiritual needs of the people we care for.


2020 Course Dates


26 – 27 February, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Harbour Hopsice North Shore


29 – 30 April, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Harbour Hopsice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre


26 – 27 May, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Harbour Hopsice North Shore


17 – 18 June, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Harbour Hopsice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre


25 – 26 August, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Harbour Hopsice North Shore


22 – 23 September, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Harbour Hopsice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre


28 – 29 October, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Harbour Hopsice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre


1 – 2 December, 8:30am to 4:00pm

Whenua Pupuke, North Shore Hospital


Registration is essential. Click here to register

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