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. 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 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.

Upcoming 2020 Course Dates

Our June workshops will be delivered via 1 hour Zoom sessions.   

  • Self-Care module: Thursday 4 June, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Last days of life: Tuesday 9 June, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Pain and Symptom Management: Thursday 11 June, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Palliative Care for people with Chronic Illness: Wednesday 17 June, 2:00pm to 3:00pm


25 – 26 August, 8:30am to 4:00pm   Harbour Hospice North Shore

22 – 23 September, 8:30am to 4:00pm   Harbour Hospice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre

28 – 29 October, 8:30am to 4:00pm   Harbour Hospice Hibiscus House, Conference Centre

1 – 2 December, 8:30am to 4:00pm   Whenua Pupuke, North Shore Hospital  

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Register to attend Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Please use my email address to contact me about future training opportunities.

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