The aim of this project is to develop an education programme that can be delivered to health care workers in a range of settings where residents or patients would benefit from a palliative approach.
During 2011 we released a jointly developed and tested education resource for hospice members to work with.
Five pilot sites tested the resource in numerous aged care facilities. The hospices who piloted the draft resource for us were North Haven Hospice, Hospice Wanganui, Arohanui Hospice, Mary Potter Hospice and Otago Community Hospice.
Once published, trainer training took place in eight regional locations with the aim of ensuring high quality delivery of the education to community based palliative care providers.
After the trainer workshops were completed 38 hospice educators were responsible for trainer materials and more than 170 educators are now trained to deliver the Fundamentals.
From October 2011 onwards hospices started working with local residential aged care facilities, delivering selected packages to staff within the facilities.
The palliative care sector is starting to consider the implementation of the new resource and how to achieve the best impact.
For more information contact Anne Morgan, Practice Advisor, Hospice New Zealand.