It’s been another busy year for education at Rotorua Community Hospice.
“Supporting learning and providing education and training opportunities is an important part of our service, as we support many different people and providers to deliver Palliative Care in our community” says Clinical Nurse Educator, Cathie Sheely.
“We offer a comprehensive programme of courses and workshops onsite in our dedicated Education Suite.” There is no charge to attend most education sessions for people living and/or working in the Rotorua area.
In the past 12 months (ending June 2021) and despite the impact of COVID-19:
- 62 nurses were trained and achieved competency in the use of syringe drivers.
- Over 80 attendances were registered at the Cancer Research Trust Palliative Care breakfast sessions.
- 62 people have attended the clinical focus workshops since they started at the beginning of 2021.
- 54 people attended the Walking with Tupuna workshops earlier this year.
- 70 people attended the Off with a Puff presentations on last year’s referendums.
- 90 attendances at cultural presentations about dying made in co-operation with the Rotorua Multicultural Society.
Walking with Tupuna
This popular workshop which took place at the end of May was booked out in record time. A second date was added to ensure all those interested could participate. Presented by Tau Huirama (Ngati Tamainupo, Ngati Maniapoto), the workshop was attended by health professionals wanting a better understanding of Māori approaches to the end of life. They learned the importance of wairuatanga and how to better engage with and support people whose spiritual, religious or cultural beliefs or experiences may be different from their own.
Clinical focus workshops
New in 2021, this education programme is aimed at registered nurses and other health professionals. The workshops cover a range of subjects relevant to palliative care with different topics and presenters each month. So far the programme has covered Anxiety and Depression, Breathlessness, Nausea and Vomiting, Pain, Exploring Loss and Grief and Delirium.