Waipuna Hospice encourages you to attend
Planning for a future, Waipuna Hospice highlights topical issues in palliative care.

WHEN: Monday 14 May 2018 (8am – 3pm) ADD TO CALENDAR  
WHERE: Waipuna Hospice, 43 Te Puna Station Road, Tauranga, 3176 VIEW MAP

Hear from leading local and international palliative care specialists as they discuss latest research and real world findings relating to end-of-life care, caring for caregivers and advanced care planning.


Topics include:
Advanced Frailty: Caring for the last stage of life
The Politics of Assisted Suicide: How has it come to this?
Bringing family caregiving ‘out of the shadows’
Migrant Conversations: What is important at the End-of-Life
Real World Advance Care Planning and Living with Dementia
It’s always too early, until it’s too late. A discussion on Advanced Care Planning.


An engaging and informative day for health care professionals that seek further knowledge of palliative care services, as well as educators, students and carers.

With thanks to our awareness week sponsors.



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Advanced Frailty: Caring for the last stage of life.

Presented by
Dr Michal Boyd,

Over a third of people in New Zealand will die while living in a residential aged care facility...

The number of deaths in aged care is projected to increase significantly in the coming decades. The majority of people living in aged residential care have complex needs due to advanced frailty and multi-morbidity. This requires a palliative approach specific to the needs of older people. This presentation will describe a recent national study of the quality of dying residential aged care and discuss pragmatic clinical approaches of those with advanced frailty that are in the last stage of life.

It’s always too early, until it’s too late.

Presented by
Helen Mason,
CEO Bay of Plenty District Health Board

A discussion about the research Helen undertook in America on the implementation of Advance Care Planning...

She will also discuss tangible steps which can be taken to support our community’s understanding of and access to Advance Care Planning.

The Politics of Assisted Suicide: How has it come to this?

Presented by
Simon O’Connor,

A discussion about how end of life issues have been approached recently within Parliament...

noting in particular the challenge of ensuring that palliative care and hospice voices are heard.

Bringing family caregiving
‘out of the shadows’

Presented by
Professor Merryn Gott,
MA (Oxon), PhD

Family members provide the majority of care for people with palliative care needs, often at great cost...

It is therefore worrying that research internationally and in NZ shows that their work is often overlooked, and unsupported. Professor Gott will draw on research to explore the work of family carers and present new resources co-produced with family, whānau and communities.

Real World Advance Care Planning and Living with Dementia

Presented by
Dr Sarah Russel,
Head of Research, Hospice UK

Through a real world case study, Dr Russel will explore talking about dying, advance care planning and making decisions whilst living with dementia.

Migrant Conversations: What is important at the End-of-Life

Presented by
Dr Yvonne Bray

Spiritual pain can be linked with aspects of life meaning, culture and religion that arise for address in the dying period...

Population demographics in New Zealand mirror most developed countries in showing a rise in the ageing population statistics and a projected increase in ethnic diversity. These statistics will impact palliative care, and the needs of the migrant population in their end of life requires some attention. Migrants face challenges of living and integrating into a new society. Coupled with an end-of-life illness, this can impact their quality of living and dying immeasurably. Three prominent notions were identified from their stories. The first notion emerged of the participants contemplating identity and belonging as a direct result of having lived in two countries, and the experienced differences between both. The second notion identified the participants as being in life review. The third notion noted their positions in seeking resolution and transformation. A vision for the future for this group of people would be to optimise their quality of dying.  The implications for palliative care and other health practitioners who care for ageing and sick migrants include a need for awareness and a deep understanding of the experienced discord that may be present. An approach in care that facilitates resolution of this dissonance can improve the dying experience for migrants and their families.