Hospice Waikato provides education for community groups and health care professionals who care for patients who are dying and their family/whanau.

We teach carers who work in rest homes about palliative care for their patients and we assist registered staff to reach competency with syringe drivers. We also run study days for our volunteers. Below is information on the education we provide.

Genesis Oncology Breakfast Lectures

Hospice Waikato hosts the Genesis Oncology Trust Palliative Care Lecture Series on site at Cobham Drive at the Gallagher Family Hospice. This is designed for healthcare professionals with an interest in palliative care. The series is delivered on the first Thursday of each month, from 7.30am to 8.30am from February through to December. More information and topics for 2017 are on the Hospice New Zealand website. Bookings to attend any of the sessions can be made by email or phone 07 859 1260.

Hospice New Zealand Syringe Driver Competency Programme

This programme is endorsed by Hospice New Zealand and is designed for registered nurses practising in a variety of settings, including hospital, aged residential care and community who may need to manage a syringe driver and demonstrate competency in its use. The workshop is held from 1.30pm -3.30pm on the last Friday of each month from February to November. Cost:  $20, Maximum Numbers: 14.

Venue – Gallagher Family Hospice, 334 Cobham Drive, Hillcrest, Hamilton

Please click here to register.

Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Education for Health Care Assistants

An education programme designed to provide care assistants with key principles, practical knowledge and skills of palliative care.

Dates for 2017:

  • 3 April
  • 8 May
  • 3 July
  • 7 August
  • 2 October
  • 6 November

Venue – Gallagher Family Hospice, 334 Cobham Drive, Hillcrest, Hamilton

Please click here to register.

Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care

In 2017, Hospice Waikato will be running the Fundamentals Programme as a series. Each series of the ten sessions will be facilitated by Hospice Waikato twice during the year. A series consists of three to four sessions per day over three days.

The goal of the Fundamentals packages is to improve and ensure quality and equity of palliative care services for all people and their families, regardless of care setting. The Fundamentals package consists of ten learning sessions aimed at all health professionals.

The learning packages are:

  • Essence of palliative care
  • Ethical issues in palliative care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Palliative care for people with chronic illness
  • Palliative care for people with dementia
  • Communication skills
  • Last days of life
  • Loss and grief
  • Caring for ourselves
  • Introduction to spiritual care

Dates for 2017:

Series One: 6 March, 13 March, 20 March  Venue: Gallagher Family Hospice 334 Cobham Hamilton

Series Two: 12 June, 19 June, 26 June  Venue: Gallagher Family Hospice, 334 Cobham Drive, Hamilton

Series Three: 4 September, 11 September, 18 September  Venue: Thames Hospital

There a maximum of 20 places for each series and we envisage the group of 20 will attend the series in it entirety.

Please click here to register.


Midland education

We also work with other specialist palliative care organisations in Midland (covering Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo regions) to develop and deliver education programmes that support best practice palliative care. The Midland education calendar provides information and contact details for sessions offered in these regions.

One-off learning sessions arranged on request

If you have specific learning needs, we may be able to arrange individual education sessions. Examples may be LDLCP – Last Days of Life Care Plan.

If you have a query about education contact our Nurse Educator, Carron Roberts by email or phone 07 859 1260.

If you have a query about volunteer education contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Karen Mansfield by email or phone 07 859 1260.


Below are a variety of sites which may be of interest for health care professionals to access education free online learning.

  • Australian Government online course regarding dementia – click here. 
  • Goodfellow Unit from Auckland University. Register online to complete a short course ‘Diagnosing Dying’ and at completion have a certificate for 2 hours of professional development – click here. 
  • St Christopher’s Hospice register for a free online journal for end of life care – click here. 
  • Australian website with numerous resources for people working in aged residential care and also the palliative approach to care – click here. 
  • Palliative care online training, register for free – click here. 
  • Portal of Geriatric Online Education, register to access this site – click here. 
  • Access all ACP resources and also basic and level 1 training for ACP – click here. 
  • Current Learning in palliative care free online modules regarding palliative care – click here.



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