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Our Hospice Education team is focussed on delivering palliative care education to Otago’s health and social services sector, with the aim of ensuring better palliative services across the board.

Our education service is an integral part of the Hospice’s service, utilising the expertise of specialist palliative care staff to deliver education sessions such as Palliative Care for Care Assistants, Fundamentals of Palliative Care and Syringe Driver Training. Click here to find out more about our education opportunities, many of which are now available on-line.

Palliative care education is available to all GPs, District Health Nurses, Allied Health Workers and Aged Residential Care workers as well as students studying health-related subjects.

We collaborate with the Otago University, Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin Hospital. We also  also run collaborative education study days with the Southern District Health Board’s Palliative Care Team.

For more information contact our Education Team on 03 473 1011 or

Palliative Care Handbook

This popular resource is now in its 8th edition. The aim of this handbook is to make palliative care understandable for healthcare professionals, using clear, logical layout and understandable explanations of how to manage and cope with problems that can be very challenging. It includes new sections on dementia, nutrition and de-prescribing.

The handbook is useful in any place where palliative care happens - it gives confidence to those who use it and therefore hopefully comfort to the people approaching the end of their lives.

Download the Palliative Care Handbook.

Hospice NZ

Hospice New Zealand – great resource, with up to date information suitable for both health professionals and others.


Palliative Lecture Series

A great site which allows access to all previous lectures delivered by a wide range of people, both from NZ and from overseas – also will allow access to register directly for the webinars which happen on the first Thursday of the month

Dying Matters

A wonderful UK website full of some great resources and discussion areas

Advanced Care Planning

A NZ website – of use and interest to all people – has on-line learning as well as links to completing your own advanced care pan

End of Life Services - Te Hokinga ā Wairua

Find information about what to do, and services that might be available to you, following the death of a loved one. Te Hokinga ā Wairua provides information and support to guide you and your whānau  through this difficult time. Visit