Education | Nova Health

Upcoming Events

Updated February 2020

Auckland (Ponsonby) based training days available in a variety of topics – Prices vary (@ $150-200 per day)

  • March 27th Clinical Assessment of the Deteriorating Patient (Auckland)
    One day workshop: for more information & register here.
  • May 6th Healing stubborn leg ulcers and compression bandaging workshop
    One day workshop: for more information & register here.
  • June 9th Understanding the warning signs of a deteriorating patient
    One day workshop: for more information & register here.

Nearly all NZ Hospices provide education / training. Click on the Hospice in your area to access their training and dates

  • First Thursday of each month. 2019 0730-0830: at your local Hospice.
  • Feb 5th Note: this is a Wednesday (due to Waitangi Day falling on the Thursday) Me aho mai nga whetu mo tatou. (Let the stars guide the way for us all) A Community approach to better understand and work with our un-deserved populations. Speakers: Norma Hickland, Porirua Community Manager, Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington.
  •  March 5th Nausea,vomiting and olanzapine Speakers: Dr Mary Miller (UK), Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Dr Anna Sutherland, Speciality Registrar, Oxford University Hospital.
  • April 2nd Palliative care in marginalised societies Speakers: Dr Huhana Hickey, Pukenga Consultancy Ltd
  • May 7th Music therapy in palliative care Speakers: Nolan Hodgson, Music Therapist, Hospice Waikato
  • June 4th Speech Language Therapy in palliative care Speakers: Fiona Hewerdine, Speech Language Therapist, Speech & Language Therapy Services, Tauranga
  • Previous lectures are available on the Hospice NZ website
    Just fill in your details (link is at the bottom of the page) & you will have full free access. Duration, just under 1 hour for each lecture.If you would like to log education hours & gain a certificate for this, write a short reflection on the topic & how the leaning impacts on your practice ( NZNO Guideline to reflective writing & Continuing Education Reflection Template may be useful ). E-mail your reflection to

  • Fundamentals of Palliative Care. Cost $60 for the 3-day course; 2020 May 6th, 13th, 20th. Bookings are essential. If you would like to book this 3-day course, please click here.
  • Palliative care for caregivers Training Programme. Cost $25; 2020 April 1st Bookings are essential. If you would like to book a session please click here.
  • Syringe Driver Competency Programme. No cost.

Direct form Hospice Waikato webpage: “This programme is endorsed by Hospice NZ and will take around 2 hours to complete, to register you will require a login to PalEd which can be obtained by emailing the Paled Administrator the following information: name, email address, job title, name of ARRC facility employed by. This programme is free of charge.

  • If a nurse successfully passes the online syringe driver competency programme they can then enrol in the 1-hour practical competency workshop to gain their certificate of competency.
  • If a nurse fails the online components, they will be contacted by Hospice Waikato and individual tuition will be offered.
  • 1-hour practical session dates will be offered beginning January 2020 and there will be a charge of $20 to cover resources and equipment supplies.
  • 1-hour practical sessions will also be available in rural areas if there are adequate numbers.

To book a 1-hour practical competency workshop, please click HERE to make a booking. Please note you cannot book this session until you have passed the theory and drug calculation tests online as mentioned above.”

  • Feb 18th & 26th Auckland March 5th Hamilton
  • Registration through NZNO. Cost NZNO members $120, Non-members $150, Students Free

Previous seminars are available online. Pharmac -about 1/2 way down the page, you’ll find the link to the free online seminars, or go directly to the video list at Pharmac provides a certificate for the course taken. Details available online for how to obtain an educational certificate. New ‘on-line’ link

Triage Course. Cost $550 for College of Emergency Nursing Members, $650 for non-members.


All Staff

 (Updated Feb 2020)

There is a requirement to have had training/education at least once in the following: code of conduct, consumer rights (including informed consent, confidentiality, privacy), cultural safety / Treaty of Waitangi.

All staff are required to maintain yearly update education in: infection prevention & control (hand hygiene, etc.), and updates every 2 years for manual handling.

RNs & ENs are required to have yearly medication management certification. Nova supports ‘best practice’ and therefore strongly recommends the yearly update of medication management.

Preferred, but not a requirement: NZ Early Warning Score Vital sign chart user guide July 2017 (NEWS) First Aide Certification (needs to be updated every 2 years).

Highly recommended for all staff to undertake training/education in CALM Communications, documentation, accident/incident reporting, non-violent crisis intervention / challenging behaviour, abuse & neglect, falls prevention, restraint, emergency evacuation/fire safety, waste & hazardous substance management, death / tanghangi, sexuality.

If involved in handling food, safe food handling training is needed.

If involved in laundry services, laundry & cleaning training is needed

We provide access to training, but it is your responsibility to maintain your training requirements.

Please send us a copy of the training/education you undertake so we can keep your file up-to-date.


Clinical Assessments

Clinical Assessment: Part 1 – These should be in your staff introduction/information pack. All care staff (RNs, ENs & carers/HCAs) need to complete this practical assessment 3 times to complete the requirements for working for Nova Health.

Clinical Assessment: Part 2 – You may be asked to complete this as a ‘one-off’; we will provide you with a copy if required.


Medicine Management (Nova Health). For RNs, ENs & HCAs.

Both part 1 and part 2 need to be completed. Instructions are on the documents.

Part 1: Medication Management

Part 2: Medication Competency Practical Assessment


Newly added


Ko Awatea

For Waikato DHB and private hospital e.g. Southern Cross placements please complete the courses required by the DHBs, as noted in the Ko Awatea link below.


Medi-Map,  eCase & VCare systems

Medi-Map is an electronic medication management system used at many of our facilities.

Emergency Response – In-Home Care


Education Calendars: DHBs & others:


Additional education online, & Websites with relevant educational material


First Aid courses

Although it is not essential to have a current First Aid Certificate, a Comprehensive first aid is preferred if working in the healthcare sector. Here are a few who provide 1st Aid training. Costs range between $100-150.


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