Learning & Development

Hospice West Auckland provides specialist palliative care and palliative care education to practitioners, individuals and groups who deliver palliative care within the Waitemata District Health Board and wider areas.
Education sessions can be held at our Living & Learning Centre in Henderson or at other locations on request.

Click here to download a copy of our 2017 Education Programme.

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​    This course covers 10 modules to enhance the ‘End of Life’ care skills of all participants.

2017 Dates:    
Over two consecutive Mondays from 8.30am till 4.30pm
    20 and 27 March
​    12 and 19 June
    14 and 21 August
     9 and 16 October
     4 and 11 December  

    
Benefits:    
​    Will enhance the ‘End of Life’ Care Skills of all participants
​    Network with peer support group
​    Shared learning
​    Reflective learning opportunity, with certificates presented for continuing education

    
Topics include:    
    ​The essence of palliative care
    Ethical issues in palliative care
    Pain and symptom management in palliative care
    Palliative care for people with chronic illness
    Palliative care for people with dementia
    Communication skills
    Last days of life
    Loss and grief
    Introductions to Spiritual Care
    Caring for ourselves

Venue:    Living & Learning Centre 206 Swanson Road, Henderson

Presented by:    Members of the Hospice West Auckland Team
    
For Who?    An inter-professional holistic learning programme for anyone who is interested to learn about end of life care
    
Number of Students:    8 Minimum

Pre-Requisites:    Some pre reading applies. Completion of the introductory session 'The Essence of Palliative Care'

Certification:    
    Certificates awarded for each module

Endorsed by Hospice New Zealand

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This session provides information to help explain the impact that grief can have through all aspects of our lives; physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioural, spiritual and social. 

2017 Dates: Fridays: 1.30 – 3.30pm 
    17 February
    17 March
    21 April
    26 May
    16 June
    18 August 
    20 October 
    15 December
    
Benefits:    Self care and support
                  Information regarding access to bereavement care services and support
                  Insight to the grief process, including signs of concerned grief
    
Topics include:    
    An open approach to the emotional and spiritual side of grief.  
    Journeying with each other to find solace and direction. 
    
Venue:    Living & Learning Centre 206 Swanson Road, Henderson

Presented by:    Members of the Hospice West Auckland Team

For Who?    Anyone who is interested

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Provides current and consistent information in a supportive and enlightening environment for all family members, friends and members of the community who are managing the life limiting illness of a family member. 

2017 Dates:    
Fortnightly Tuesday: 10.00am – 12.00pm 
    24 January
    7 and 21 February
    7 and 21 March 
    4 and 18 April
    2, 16 and 30 May
   13 and 27 June
   11 and 25 July
    8 and 22 August
    5 and 19 September
    3, 17 and 31 October
   14 and 28 November
   12 December

Benefits:    Support and education for family and carers
    
Topics include:
    Understanding the services available to you through Hospice West Auckland and the wider community
    Access to resources and onwards referrals 
    Self care and support networks

Venue:    Living & Learning Centre 206 Swanson Road, Henderson

Presented by:    Members of the Hospice West Auckland Team

For Who?    This is an informal gathering that provides the opportunity to meet members of our community and volunteer teams and to find out about the services provided by Hospice West Auckland. Our hope is to support you in your caring role and to link you with helpful networks and resources. 

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This course will provide registered nurses with:
• Proficiency in the commencement and management of the syringe driver
• Theoretical and practical skills in the handling of drugs and the syringe driver
• The role of syringe drivers in palliative and end of life care

2017 Dates:
Wednesdays: 1.00pm to 4.00pm

  • 22 March
  • 24 May
  • 26 July
  • 27 September
  • 22 November 

Benefits:    
   Gain proficiency in the commencement and management of the (preferred) syringe driver
   Theoretical and practical skills in the handling of drugs and the syringe driver

Topics include:

  • The role of syringe drivers in palliative and end of life care
  • Participants will acquire enhanced understanding of the indications of use of syringe drivers and specialist input into the management of them. 
  • Learn and demonstrate competence in syringe driver use - therefore enhancing patient care

Venue:    The Living & Learning Centre, 206 Swanson Road, Henderson

Presented by:    An accredited representative of Hospice New Zealand (Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner)

For Who?    Registered Nurses (enrolled nurses are eligible to attend subject to their scope of practice).

Number of Students:    6 Minimum

Pre-Requisites:    Some pre reading applies

Certification:    
   
Certification of competency for 2 years
   Registration on the New Zealand competency register

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Further develop the end of life care skills for all care assistants and support workers in residential and community settings. This programme explores a core range of skills and topics in a supported and friendly learning environment. The one day programme is an interactive workshop. Participants will acquire a solid understanding of their role in end of life care. 

2017 Dates:    
Tuesdays: 8.30am  – 4.30pm  

  • 14 March
  • 16 May
  • 01 August
  • 07 November
     

Benefits:

  • Learn to identify key concepts in end of life care
  • Gain comprehensive knowledge of the role of the Health Care Assistant and Support Workers in providing end of life care 
  • Further develop your end of life care management skills
  • Feel confident to talk with residents/clients and their family/whanau
  • Understand your feelings around the loss of a resident or client 
     

Topics include:

  • Key concepts in end of life care
  • The role of the Health Care Assistant in providing end of life care 
  • End of life care management skills; mouth care, skin care, last days of life and other aspects
  • Spiritual care at end of life and self-care strategies
     

Venue:    The Living & Learning Centre, 206 Swanson Road, Henderson

Presented by:    Members of the Hospice West Auckland Team
    
For Who?    All healthcare assistants and support workers
    
Number of Students:    10 Minimum
 
Certification:    Certificates issued for attendance
    
Endorsed by Hospice New Zealand 

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To provide enhanced learning opportunities for clinicians who have an interest in the advanced care of patients and families at end of life. This interdisciplinary programme is delivered as a two day interactive workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to acquire an advanced level of specialist palliative care skills, which will ensure enhanced care for patients and their families at the end of life. Ideal for those practitioners who have a passion for improved end of life care - exploring advanced clinical and psychosocial care issues. 

2017 Dates: Over two days from 8.15am to 4.30pm

  • 8, 9 May
  • 11, 12 September
  • 20, 21 November

Benefits:

  • Participate in a core range of specialist topics in palliative care 
  • Collegial support and networking 
  • Sharing your knowledge and skills with others in your organisation

    
Topics include:

  • Palliative emergencies
  • Delirium and terminal agitation
  • Ethical issues, difficult conversations and other advanced topics 
  • Advanced care planning

Venue:    The Living & Learning Centre 206 Swanson Road, Henderson

Presented by:    Members of the Hospice West Auckland Team
    
For Who?    All health and social care professionals who have an interest in the end of life needs of patients and their families. It is recommended that participants attend the Fundamentals of Palliative Care Programme prior.
    
Number of Students:    10 Minimum
 
Certification:    Certificates are awarded on completion of a post learning exercise. 

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These lectures are delivered via teleconference with a Power Point presentation that the speaker takes participants through.

2017 Dates:    
1st Thursday of each month – 7.30am – 8.30am, followed by refreshments and networking opportunities.

  • 01 June
  • 06 July
  • 03 August
  • 07 September
  • 05 October
  • 02 November
  • 07 December

Benefits:    

  • Enhanced learning opportunities
  • Peer support
  • Networking
  • Self-reflection toward PDRP and other professional development programmes

Venue:    Living & Learning Centre 206 Swanson Road, Henderson

For Who?    All Health and Social Care professionals with an interest in end of life care

Certification: Certificates issued for attendance

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This workshop is about accidents and incidents investigations using the ‘Root Cause Analysis’ investigation methodology. The course will benefit staff in Quality departments and managers that are responsible for the management of accidents/incidents, near misses, reportable events or improvement in your organisation or department.

It is a two-day course run on concurrent days: 30 and 31 March (8:30am - 4:00pm on both days)

The course will cover:

  • A brief overview of the National Reportable Events Policy including an understanding of the severity assessment criteria.
  • Open Communication (no blame culture)
  • Open disclosure
  • Incident review process (Root cause analysis)
  • The effect of adverse events on staff
  • Crafting and implementing useful recommendations

The cost for this two-day course $500 excl GST – this includes catering and resources.

The workshop will be delivered by Elizma Snyman (Quality, Safety and Health Manager, Hospice West Auckland).

At the Hospice West Auckland Living and Learning Centre, 206 Swanson Road, Henderson.

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This programme encourages all health and social care professionals to be mindful of the critical role spiritual wellness plays in the quality of life of those we care for. The programme builds awareness of our need to address and understand the spiritual care needs of our patients and their families. It also offers tools and skills to assess and address spiritual needs. 

2017 Dates:

  • 8 and 15 March (12.30 - 4.30pm)
  • 21 and 28 June (8.30am - 12.30pm)
  • 6 and 13 September (12.30 - 4.30pm)

Benefits:

  • Enhanced holistic care skills 
  • Increased awareness of the diversity of needs
  • Increased awareness of own needs 

Topics: 

  • Exploring spirituality 
  • Wairuatanga - spiritual wellbeing 
  • Spirituality at the end of life
  • Spiritual Care at the end of life and caring for ourselves 

Venue: The Living and Learning Centre, 206 Swanson Road, Henderson

Presented by: Members of the Hospice West Auckland team 

For Who? All those who care for unwell patients, residents and clients 

Number of students: 8 minimum 

Pre-requisites: None

Certification: Certification on completion of all 4 modules 

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