Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care - Arohanui Hospice

Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care

Palliative Care Breakfast Lecture Series
October 18, 2021
Palliative Care Partnership (PCP) Training
October 28, 2021

Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care

A new, blended online learning programme

The Fundamentals of Palliative Care programme is designed for any healthcare worker, registered and non-registered staff caring for people with a palliative care need.  Being educated about palliative care will help you improve the assessment and outcomes for people in your care, their family and whanau, as well as yourself and other healthcare workers.

Knowledge Hub

For more information and to enrol, visit the Knowledge Hub.

The Fundamentals of Palliative Care workshops associated with the online learning can be booked through your closest Hospice. Please note, you must complete the online learning prior to booking a workshop.


Essence focuses on what palliative care is, who is involved and cultural considerations. It will help you understand the essence and principles of palliative care and what you need to be prepared for when caring for people in New Zealand at the end of life.

Palliative care approach

This topic focuses on the palliative care approach and how understanding ethics, communication, and spirituality help you improve as a healthcare worker and support those receiving care.

Managing pain and long-term illness

Managing pain and long-term illness is split into two sub-topics. In Pain, other symptoms and pharmacology, you will learn the basics of pharmacology, and how you can recognise pain and help patients and their family/whānau through it. In Chronic illness and dementia, you will learn how to recognise chronic illness and dementia, the challenges people diagnosed with these face, and how you can support them.

Care and support at the end of life

Care and support at the end of life is about last days of life, loss and grief, with a focus on how to care for everyone and support people in care and their family/whānau.


For most topics, you will have the chance to apply what you have learnt online in a face-to-face workshop.  You will take a deeper look and get the chance to collaborate with other healthcare workers.

There may be the opportunity to facilitate additional workshops in other venues by request and negotiation with the Education Service team at Arohanui Hospice.

Palmerston North

Location: Arohanui Hospice (in Day Stay), 1 Heretaunga Street, Palmerston North (note venue is subject to change although still in Palmerston North)

Cost: $30.00 per workshop

Workshop 1: Wednesday 3rd May, 9:00pm – 3:30pm


Workshop 2: Wednesday 11th October, 9:00pm – 3:30pm


Location: Arohanui Hospice Horowhenua Centre, 79 Oxford Street, Levin

Cost: $30.00 per workshop

Workshop 1: Thursday 8th June, 9:00pm – 3:30pm



For more info, course fee payment details and registration form please view the 2023 Education Programme.

Register for this course

Click below to register for any of the above courses by filling out an online form. Alternatively, download the Registration Form.