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Resources for Health and Social Care Professionals

Hospice West Auckland supports the development of knowledge, skills and confidence for health care and social care professionals who are caring for people facing end of life.

Learning Opportunities

Our comprehensive range of palliative educational courses are available for practitioners, individuals and groups within Te Whatu Ora (Waitemata DHB) and beyond. Click below to view our palliative care learning opportunities.

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Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning for clinicians equips those working in health care with the tools, training and support to keep what matters most to patients and their whānau at the centre of care planning and delivery. Click below for resources and information on advance care planning for clinicians.

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Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Handbook

Hospice New Zealand have developed a handbook designed to make palliative care understandable for health care professionals. It includes sections on dementia, nutrition and prescribing, as well as explanations of how to manage complex palliative issues.

Click below to view or download the full booklet or individual chapters.

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Home Care Resources

A useful collection of links to home care resources, with topics including Moving and Handling, Syringe Drivers, and Medication.

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Te Ara Whakapiri - Care in the Last Days of Life

A series of six articles for GPs covering the principles of care in the last days of life and specific symptoms. There is also a Patient Management Summary form to guide ambulance personnel in an emergency.

Principles and Guidance for the Last Days of Life

Hospice Guide For Carers

Hospice New Zealand have designed a booklet for those caring for someone who is dying. This provides a clearer picture of the situation and answers some of the questions and issues that might come up as part of this journey.

Click below to view or download the full booklet or individual chapters.

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Ending Life Well Carers Podcast

Practical and useful information on the challenges of caring for someone facing end of life. The interviews with experts in their fields discuss a wide variety of topics, including Self Care, Managing Medications, Grief and Loss, and What To Expect at End of Life.

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CareSearch is a knowledge network for those in the health care industry providing palliative care. It provides practical resources and educational tools that are relevant to your practice. Click the button below to view.

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Skylight is a resource hub that supports people of all ages throughout New Zealand who are facing any kind of tough life situation, particularly specialising in grief, loss and trauma.

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Enduring Power of Attorney

An enduring power of attorney (EPOA) is a legal document which sets out who can take care of your personal or financial matters if you can’t. This resource from the Justice Department explains why, when and how to set up enduring power of attorney.

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Palliative Care Bridge

The Palliative Care Bridge helps professionals to support patients facing end of life. It offers educational videos and resources by experts in their fields to equip users with confidence and specialised knowledge in providing palliative care to people in need. Click the button below to view.

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A resource from the New Zealand Law Society that explains how and when to make a will.

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A useful national information service designed to help older people and their whānau navigate the health system, including how to get help at home, community services and rest homes.

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