Postgraduate Certificate in Hospice Palliative Care

Registered health professionals providing palliative care will extend their knowledge and gain a nationally recognised qualification that reflects their palliative care specialty competence. LEVEL 8


Programme Overview

This clinically focused programme is for registered health professionals involved in the delivery of palliative care in a variety of settings including hospices, aged and residential care, community and primary health care and hospital.

You will explore the theory, research and practice issues necessary to provide quality palliative care in contemporary health care environments.

The two courses in this programme are delivered online with tutorial blocks held at the Porirua campus.

Applicants need to be employed in relevant clinical work for a minimum of two days a week and may be eligible for Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) funding available through District Health Board HWNZ Co-ordinators.

Paper HSC8201: The Foundation of Palliative Care (45 credits)

This course provides the opportunity to examine the foundational knowledge and care delivery from a holistic framework, mindful of the physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs of the patient, family and whanau living with a terminal illness. You will explore hospice palliative care philosophy and care delivered by the inter-professional team where the patient, family and whanau are the focus. The practice of palliative care including therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities; loss, grief and bereavement support across the lifespan; cultural attitudes to death and dying; resilience and caring for self and others are explored.

Paper HSC8202: Praxis in Palliative Care (45 credits)

This course develops praxis as you apply theory, research and critical reflection to palliative care provision across a variety of settings. Quality improvement and evidence-based practice within your own work environment will be examined against palliative care standards and policy. This course also supports you to examine your contribution to inter-professional practice and clinical leadership. ​​​​​​​


Last updated June 2017

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Distance Tutorial blocks delivered in Porirua - please contact us One-two years

Domestic Fees: $3,045

International Fees: $24,950 NZD


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Registered health professional with a current New Zealand practising certificate, Bachelor degree or equivalent; relevant clinical employment for a minimum of two days (15 hours) per week.

International students

Must meet domestic entry requirements and have IELTS 7.0 in each band or equivalent.

Palliative care specialist health professional advancement.   Work completed as part of programme requirements may contribute to evidence for use in Professional Development Recognition Programmes (PDRP).  Successful graduates may also gain credits towards Masters studies.

Students may be eligible for Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) funding available through District Health Board HWNZ Co-ordinators.

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