The Fundamentals of Palliative Care Programme – Ngā Tūāpapa, o te Pairuri

A new, blended online learning programme

The Fundamentals of Palliative Care programme is designed for any healthcare worker, registered and non-registered staff caring for people with a palliative care need.  Being educated about palliative care will help you improve the assessment and outcomes for people in your care, their family and whanau, as well as yourself and other healthcare workers.

Following a recent review, work commenced to make the Fundamentals programme available to a wider audience. Hospice New Zealand, in collaboration with its member hospices is excited to offer a new blended online learning Fundamentals of Palliative Care programme, for participants to enrol in.

Watch an overview of the online programme

Watch this short (2 min) introductory video to help set you up before you get started. It includes what is covered in the programme, how to sign up, what you need to do to complete the programme and where to go for support.

You can also download this information flyer about the online programme.


The programme was launched nationally in 2012, since that time, regular reviews have occurred and in 2016 the Introduction to Spiritual Care package was added to the programme.  Each year around 10,000 people nationally have taken part in one or more of the packages.

Knowledge Hub

For more information and to enrol, visit the Knowledge Hub.

The Fundamentals of Palliative Care workshops associated with the online learning can be booked through your closest Hospice. Please note, you must complete the online learning prior to booking a workshop.

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