Training & Education

Our training and education programmes support Hawke’s Bay health professionals to achieve the best possible care for patients in our region. Our courses cover a range of topics, including pain management, caring for patients with dementia, last days of life, loss and grief, and addressing your own needs as healthcare professionals.

Healthcare professionals are invited to take a look at our upcoming course and education programme, and to get in touch with any questions. Please note that  if COVID-19 Alert Levels change this could prevent the way we offer this training. We will update you accordingly.

External Training Programme 2021

Breakfast Lecture Programme 2021

  • Build Your Knowledge - $85.00

    16 September 20219:00am - 4:30pm
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    Build Your Knowledge

    A study day with Nurse Practitioner Michelle Rodda, Cranford Hospice, for RN’s & EN’s who have completed the Fundamentals of Palliative Care and wish to deepen their assessment skills and palliative care symptom management knowledge.
    Learning will be through care based discussions and small group problem solving.

    Bookings Required
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  • MasterClass - Dying in a Different Culture - FULLY BOOKED -

    23 September 20218:30am - 4:30pm
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    Dying in Different Cultures

    ‘Dying in Different Cultures’ – Sorry already Fully Booked

    Held at HBDHB – please book with Cranford Hospice Education Team

    An opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers promoting and providing evidence based knowledge skills.

    For Health Professionals – Nurses, Doctors & Allied Health.

    Bookings Required
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  • Breakfast Lecture #7 - Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria / Australia - Free

    05 August 20217:30am to 8:30am
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    “Tea and Toast” available from 7am

    Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria / Australia

    Presented by Dr Leeroy William

    Dr Leeroy William is Adjunct Associate Professor, Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne.

    Click here to register your interest to attend the breakfast lecture.

  • Syringe Driver Initial Training - $65

    28 July 20211:30pm - 4:00pm
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    To increase knowledge and skills in the use of the NIKI-T34 syringe driver to administer continuous subcutaneous infusions. All participants are expected to hold a current New Zealand Nursing Council Practicing Certificate.

    Suitable for Registered and Enrolled Nurses providing palliative care.

    To attain certification each nurse is required to: Attend the workshop with the opportunity to become familiar with a syringe driver and complete a practical competency assessment on the day and complete a written assessment obtaining 80% minimum in the short answer question section and 100% in the drug calculations section.

    A Specialist Palliative Care Nurse will run the workshop and be available to assist you on the day.

    This Syringe Driver Full Competency Training Workshop provides 4 hours of continuing education.

    Click here to register your place on this training course today.

  • Syringe Driver Refresher Training - $20

    13 October 20212:00pm to 3:30pm
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    An update session which aims to reinforce and refresh knowledge and practical skills required when managing a continuous subcutaneous infusion.

    Suitable for Registered and Enrolled Nurses providing palliative care who have completed the full competency workshop in the past 2 years.

    This Syringe Driver Annual Update workshop provides 2.5 hours of continuing education.

    Click here to register your place on this training course today.

  • Fundamentals of Palliative Care for Registered Nurses (2-Days Sessions 1-10) - $125

    05 August 2021-06 August 20219:00am - 4:30pm
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    Essence of Palliative Care

    This package is an important introduction to all packages. It defines palliative care and end of life care and discusses the palliative approach to care that is the underpinning philosophy of care for people with a life limiting condition.

    Ethics Issues in Palliative Care

    Ethical issues occur in end of life care, but with the right skills and decision making processes staff will be enabled to assist people, and families and whaˉnau, in the best way possible.

    Communication Skills

    We all communicate every day, but how often do we think about the impact that communication has on those around us? In this session we will explore how we communicate and what can cause challenges as we communicate with people, families and whānau and other members of the team.

    Pain & Symptom Management

    People with advanced disease may experience symptoms which will have a significant impact on their quality of life. In this session we will discuss the impeccable assessment of symptoms, careful planning and management of care, and on-going evaluation.

    Palliative Care for People with Chronic Illness

    People live with advanced disease that impacts on their quality of life. In recent years there has been a greater recognition of the needs of people with chronic conditions other than cancer. This session looks at the challenges for people with advanced chronic illness and ways to improve their quality of life.

    Palliative Care for People with Dementia

    People may live with dementia for many years and the needs of these people require special attention and a palliative approach throughout their disease trajectory. Staff will learn skills in the holistic assessment of pain and symptoms in end stage dementia, how to minimise the burdens and strain experienced by family/carers and decision making skills in end of life care.

    Loss & Grief

    Although death is inevitable as a society we are still death denying. In our work we face death and grief often and the importance of the care we give at the end of life, and after death, will be explored during this session. We also look at our own grief and the importance of self care.

    Introduction to Spiritual Care

    All staff have the potential to offer spiritual care. Each meeting with a person with a life limiting condition offers a chance to attend to the spiritual needs of that person; the need to be treated with dignity, the need to be “heard” and the need to have any spiritual distress noticed and addressed appropriately. This session is an introduction to how to meet the spiritual needs of the people for whom we care.

    Last Days of Life

    Inevitably people will die and care provided during the last days and hours of life has profound effects on people, and their family and whānau and on the care team. We have only one chance to get it right, this session will assist staff in developing the skills to make those last hours result in more positive memories for family.

    Caring for Ourselves

    Those in the caring professions are compassionate and caring individuals working with people who are suffering. Therefore, they are at risk of stress and burnout. This session is designed to provide staff with time to reflect on their wellness and look at ways to maintain it.

    Click here to register your place on this training course today.

  • Hospice NZ Palliative Care for Caregivers - $65

    09 November 20219:00am - 4:30pm
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    This course is specifically designed for care givers and HCA’s working in the community or ARC, providing palliative and end of life care. The course will improve their knowledge and understanding of palliative care by exploring a number of topics including the palliative care philosophy, pain and symptom management, communication and support, the last days of life and bereavement.

    One of the strengths of the course is that it is only for caregivers, it values the contribution they make to people, family and whānau care. It is highly interactive and participants need to feel comfortable enough to join in with the activities and discussions and share their experiences.

    Click here to register your place on this training course today.