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The education team offers a wide range of learning opportunities for health professionals, community health workers, carers and groups. Our education focuses on supporting primary generalist providers of palliative care.

Our aim is to provide and promote evidence-based knowledge and skills to ensure that quality palliative care is accessible across the Nelson Tasman region to meet the needs of patients/clients and their families/whānau, regardless of the care setting.

Education is provided in a supportive environment and includes certified Hospice NZ programmes that have been developed to ensure nationwide consistency in palliative care education. The education activities and methods we use provide an opportunity for exploratory and collaborative learning. We encourage participation, interaction and knowledge sharing from course participants.

Education Programme

An overview of the palliative care education offered and information on how to register.

Please note that our courses are available for registration 6- 8 weeks in advance. 

For enquiries:

Email Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Education
Phone: 03 546 3950

Online Learning

A range of courses and online learning resources

Hospice New Zealand offers a webinar-based education opportunity, designed for healthcare professionals with an interest in palliative care.

Hospice New Zealand is working in partnership with My Mobile Health Hub to deliver presentations via webinar on the first Thursday of every month 7.30 to 8.30am. starting from February through to December and free of charge. To access the webinar via Hospice New Zealand website click this link and open the flyer to find the advertised session. You can access previous lectures here.

The Palliative Care lecture series can easily be accessed by individuals via a smartphone, tablet or computer connected to the internet.

You will need to register for the webinar. Simply click through the link and answer the short questionnaire, and you’ll be registered.

Following registration, you will receive an email confirming your registration and link to join the session. Certificates will be sent electronically by Mobile Health Hub to each individual who has registered and completed the feedback form. Attending the lecture is as simple as attending a zoom meeting.


Palliative care has come a long way from the beginnings of the modern hospice movement in the 1960s and is now widely understood as an essential part of care for the whole person during life-limiting illness and at end-of-life.

Increasingly we are aware of the importance of being able to provide palliative care when and where it is needed and this often means involving palliative care earlier in the course of illness and not just in hospital or hospice, but at home and in residential care.

Alongside these developments, dementia has become a leading cause of death in many nations, something which is still relatively new to our experience, but which can be expected to increase.

As a result, the interaction of palliative care with the end-of-life needs of a person with dementia has never been more important or prevalent and yet this is not widely addressed in literature and clinical support.

As the authors of The Palliative Care Handbook (ninth edition) point out, too often people with dementia miss out on palliative care referrals and treatments that could make such a difference for them in their final days. Which is why this new edition is so vital. Not only have the highly regarded clinical and pharmacological guidelines been fully updated, extensive notes and advice have been included for the first time specifically addressing the end-of-life needs of people with dementia.

To accomplish this, original author, Prof Rod MacLeod and new author, Dr Stephen Macfarlane, have used their extensive expertise and experience to add many important
insights and guidelines for palliative care in the context of dementia.

There is no doubt that this new edition of The Palliative Care Handbook will continue to support excellence in palliative care around the world and now also support a growing awareness of the palliative needs of people with dementia.

A/Prof Colm Cunningham – Director of the Dementia Centre, HammondCare

Mary Schumacher – Chief Executive, Hospice New Zealand

Dame Cicely Saunders Education Suite

A purpose built education venue in the heart of Nelson

The education suite at Nelson Tasman Hospice is available for hire.

To enquire about booking, or to view the venue, please get in touch with the team.

Duration: The suite can be booked for anytime from 1 hour up to 1 – 2 days, seven days a week.

Capacity: Seats up to 85 people in a theatre style seating arrangement.

Facilities: LG television screen with HDMI cabling; Laptop plug-ins welcome and free Wi-Fi. Access to toilets and an outside area available.

Kitchenette facilities: Water heater; sink; dishwashing liquid; water cooler; fridge; mugs and teaspoons. Please note: Users will need to provide their own tea, coffee, sugar, milk, and tea towel. Outside caterers will need to supply all cutlery and crockery. No alcohol to be supplied or consumed without prior approval. No smoking or vaping permitted as we are smoke free.

Parking: There is limited parking space available in the Hospice car park. During work hours, users are encouraged to park along Suffolk or Piwakawaka Dr to ensure availability for patient families and staff.

Palliative Care Education Calendar


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