These e-learning packages are suitable for health and allied health professionals who work with palliative care patients.

Diagnosing Dying

The course takes approximately 2 hours. You can skip some of the sections if you feel confident with the information. There is a short video clip that is around communicating with relatives and then a quiz at the end.

The course is predominately aimed at Primary Health Care professionals including GPs, Practice Nurses and those staff working in Residential Aged Care. It concentrates on the holistic assessment of symptoms and issues, it does not cover management.

Accessing the Course

To access the Diagnosing Dying course brought to you by Mercy Hospice Auckland and Hospice North Shore:

  1. Go to www.goodfellowlearning.org.nz
  2. If you are new to Goodfellow Learning click the green Register button in the top right hand corner of the page and then fill out the form (If you are an existing member click the blue Sign in button instead).
  3. Once logged in, click on the Blue Short courses tab to see a list of available courses
  4. Click on the course title Diagnosing Dying

Diagnosing Dying

If you have any issues please email [email protected] for assistance.


Web based E-learning and Resources

Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Advance Care Planning (or ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for future health care and end of life care. This site provides information, resources and education opportunities for health care workers.

» http://www.advancecareplanning.org.nz/

Care Search

An Australian based palliative care knowledge network that aims to bring relevant evidence and quality information to palliative care

» http://www.caresearch.com.au/Caresearch/Default.aspx

Dementia e-Learning Courses

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, within the University of Tasmania, runs two free Mass Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The courses address dementia “by drawing upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals from both within the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and beyond” (Wicking, 2017).

These courses are intermittently run throughout the year. You can sign up for a course any time and you will be sent an email when the course is due to commence. The courses are suitable for anyone; they have been created to be accessible to the layman, the advanced clinician and anyone in-between!

The courses are:

1. Understanding Dementia – is a 9 week course which explores brain anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology of dementia, signs and symptoms and management techniques.

2. Preventing Dementia – is a 5 week course which investigates the causes of dementia and ways one can reduce the risk of acquiring dementia.

To find out more or enroll for a course please visit: http://www.utas.edu.au/wicking/home

Dying Matters

Very interactive and informative UK based website with information and videos around death and dying

» http://www.dyingmatters.org

This page provides helpful information on the dying process and what to do once someone has passed away

» http://www.dyingmatters.org/page/understanding-death-and-dying

Grief Centre

Grief Centre provide support to those affected by loss and grief. They provide workshops and have specialised loss and grief resources available. These workshops are suitable for those working with and supporting families through grief and loss.

» http://www.griefcentre.org.nz

Guidelines for Wound Management in Palliative Care

Wayne Naylor is most well known for his work on wound management in cancer and palliative care, and has published and presented extensively on this topic.

» Wound management guidelines (PDF, 4Mb)


Offers advice to health professionals on symptom control and the drugs used in palliative care.

» http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/

Hospice New Zealand

Information and resources for patients, carers and health professionals

» http://www.hospice.org.nz/

The popular resource, The Palliative Care Handbook, is now in its 8th Edition.

The aim of this resource is to make palliative care understandable for healthcare professionals, using clear logical layout and understandable explanations of how to manage and cope with problems that can be very challenging. It includes new sections on dementia, nutrition and de-prescribing. The Handbook is useful in any place where palliative care happens – it gives confidence to those who use and it and therefore hopefully comfort to the people approaching the end of their lives.

» http://www.hospice.org.nz/resources/palliative-care-handbook

NALAG (National Association for Loss and Grief)

Offers education for those dealing with loss and grief.

» http://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz

Palliative Care Australia

Information and resources for patients, carers and health professionals

» http://palliativecare.org.au

Palliative Care Bridge

Provides educational videos and resources on palliative care by respected experts and specialists in their fields. Aim is to better equip users of the site to gain confidence and specialised knowledge in the delivery of appropriate palliative care to people in need.

» http://www.palliativecarebridge.com.au/index.htm

Palliative care online

Free online training funded by the Australian Department of Health.

» http://www.palliativecareonline.com.au/

Postgraduate Education at The University of Auckland

Postgraduate studies in palliative care are offered at the University of Auckland. Several staff from Mercy Hospice Auckland are involved with delivering these courses.

For information about these courses please follow the below links:

Vital talk

Provides quick guides and online learning around communication skills and having difficult conversations

» http://www.vitaltalk.org/clinicians

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