Hospice Education

Education information for Palliative Health Professionals only

We are committed to collaboratively building capacity and capability (internally and externally) in palliative care practice, across a range of professions and settings via the provision of palliative care education.

We recognise the increasing importance of this given the combined effect of population growth and increased mortality.

Our education programmes seek to not only to build skills across networks but also to support a shared care approach. 

The education programmes we provide include: 


The Cancer Research Trust Palliative Care Lecture Series

This education opportunity is designed for healthcare professionals with an interest in palliative care. The lectures take place on the first Thursday of every month from February to December from 7.30 to 8.30am.The lectures will be delivered via teleconference with a PowerPoint presentation which the speaker takes participants through.
You can access these lectures by attending at registered sites around the country.
Please click through for more information 

HNZ Niki T 34 syringe driver workshops

Certification can be maintained by attending periodic updates. Hospice New Zealand currently recommends annual updates for nurses occasionally using syringe drivers and alternate years for nurses using syringe drivers routinely. Please check your organisations requirements for maintaining competence.

Participants are expected to hold a current NZ Nursing Council Practising Certificate.

Programme Aim: A 3 hour course to assist Registered Nurse to obtain the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills they require to manage syringe drivers in their place of practice and for Enrolled nurses to be competent in checking.

Cost: $65 - Please email for enquiries

HNZ Niki T34 Syringe Driver Annual Update 

Update course is for Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses who have completed the HNZ Syringe Driver Competency Full workshop within the last 2 years.

The Annual update refresher course provides an opportunity for revision , updating and demonstrating ongoing practical competence.

Cost: $30

HNZ Fundamentals of Palliative care modules

This 2 day workshop involves ten learning packages, delivered in 1 to 2 hour education sessions. The information is aimed at all staff, registered and unregistered, including administration and support staff. It is a multidisciplinary education resource. Please note: Please note Session 1 on Day One – Essence of Palliative Care must be attended before any other sessions

Cost: This programme is now completed for 2019. 2020 dates are to be arranged, please check back later.

Nurses and Allied Health Forum

Topics of interest for all staff working in the provision of Hospice and Palliative care. Great networking opportunity.
The next forum is scheduled for Wednesday 20th November 2019 – 5pm to 6pm

  • Topic & Presenter - To be confirmed

Cost: Free of Charge
If you would like to attend, please register via

Management of Actual or Potential Aggression

The MAPA® programme delivers comprehensive training that teaches management and intervention techniques to cope with escalating behaviour in a professional and safe manner. Following the training, you’ll notice a host of positive changes in your workplace, its culture and the relationships between your staff and those they are supporting

Cost: $80 - Next workshop: 23 October 2019 now fully booked. 2020 dates to be arranged, please check back later.

Management of Actual or Potential Aggression – Refresher workshop

This half-day refresher workshop (9am - 1pm) is for those who have previously attended the full workshop in 2016 or 2017 (Non Violent Crisis Intervention or Management of Actual or Potential Aggression), participants will be expected to provide the CPI blue card issued for the full workshop attendance, or provide other evidence to confirm that the full workshop has been attended

Cost: $40 

Silver Rainbow Diversity Training

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) education
This workshop introduces participants to people with lived experience and takes you through scenarios in an interactive and non-threatening way.  Your staff can be equipped with the skills to make your service an inclusive and safe place for people of all sexes, genders and sexualities.

2020 dates to be arranged, please check back later.

Cost: $35

Foundations of Spriritual Care Workshop

The aim of this programme is to improve the understanding and knowledge of spirituality and spiritual care by improving the spiritual well-being of your staff and organisation, and spiritual care for patients, families and whanau

This workshop is now completed for 2019. 2020 dates are to be arranged, please check back later.

Cost: $50

​For further information on our education services, or to receive our Education Information e-newsletter, please contact a member of the Education team on or 09 640 0214