Hospice Education

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.


HNZ Niki T 34 Syringe Driver

The Syringe Driver Competency Programme is available for both Registered and Enrolled Nurses** ONLY. This is a blended learning programme that is divided into an online component and a face-to-face-workshop.
**Participants must hold a current NZ Nursing Council Practicing Certificate.


Online Component
This is run through Hospice Waikato's PalEd system and takes approx 1.5 hours to complete. To access the online module, please click this link and follow the instructions to login/register.

Before attending a workshop, you must ensure you have completed, and achieved the online component as indicated above. Then you can register for one of our workshops as listed below. 

On-site Workshop at Tōtara Hub

19th February 2024 9am-12pm

13th June 2024 9am-12pm 

26th November 2024 9am-12pm 

Cost: $40 per person for 2 hours 

How to Register: Send an email to with the date of attendance along with name, role title and email address of attendee.


Off-site Workshop
If you are a residential care or primary health facility, our Clinical Nurse Educators can deliver this workshop at your organisation. We will need a minimum of 4 participants for the session to take place.

Cost: $40 per person for 2 hours + $200 CNE flat fee

How to Book: Contact a member of our Education Team using the details below to book a suitable time and date for you.


Fundamentals of Palliative Care - Ngā Tūāpapa o te Pairuri Tāngata

This programme is available to any healthcare worker who is caring for palliative care patients and aims to help you better assess and care for those in the last stages of life.

This is also a blended learning programme that is divided into an online component and a face-to-face-workshop. To access the (free) online portion of this course, please visit the Hospice NZ website and visit their Education tab for more information. 

The in-person workshop portion is split into 4 parts and will be held in the Tōtara Hospice Conference Centre. The days are divided into hour long sessions that are delivered by our Clinical Education Team.

Course Details
Day 1 - Essence of palliative care, catastrophic bleed, MSCC and seizures, living well and communication
Day 2 - Long term conditions, ethics, grief and loss, pharmacology/symptom management, dementia
Day 3 - Palliative outcomes initiative, palliative rehab, oncology, heart failure, cultural responsiveness
Day 4 - Hypercalcemia, SVCO, spirituality, assisted dying

This course is very flexible. You do not have to attend all 4 days, but can attend any combination of days that suit you. This course will be run twice a year.

2024 Dates:

Cohort 1:

Day 1: March 6th 2024 0830 – 1600

Day 2: March 13th 2024 0830 – 1600

Day 3: March 20th 2024 0830 -1600

Day 4: March 27th 2024 0830 – 1600


Cohort 2:

Day 1: 22nd May 2024 0830 – 1600

Day 2: 29th May 2024 0830 – 1600

Day 3: 5th June 2024 0830 – 1600

Day 4: 12th June 2024 0830 -1600


Cohort 3:

Day 1: 6th November 2024 0830 – 1600

Day 2: 13th November 2024 0830 – 1600

Day 3: 20th November 2024 0830 – 1600

Day 4: 27th November 2024 0830 – 1600



The cost is $160 for all four days. Please note that bookings are for all four days.  You are welcome to spread the days over the different cohorts. Coffee & tea will be provided.  Cafe Aroha is onsite if you wish to purchase your lunch. 


To book onto this course, please email the Education Team at the email address below. We look forward to seeing you!


For further information please use the contact details below to speak to a member of our Education Team.
Janice, CNE - 027 740 395
Kim, CNE - 027 302 6032 
Education Team -