2022 Conference

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Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand Symposium 2022

We welcome you to join us in beautiful Queenstown for a fantastic opportunity to develop your palliative care knowledge with presentations from a range of skilled and knowledgeable palliative care experts and long awaited opportunity to network face to face.

We welcome all health care professionals working in, or with an interest in, palliative care.

The schedule will be updated on the webpage as speakers are confirmed. 

$125.00 per PCNNZ member, $150.00 per standard registration.

Cancellations – 

  • refund if cancelled 30 days prior to conference date 
  • in exceptional circumstances beyond this, then please contact us 

Email us on [email protected]

Conference Programme.

PCNNZ Symposium - Monday 17 October - registration from 7.30am - start 8.3oam - 17.00

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Dr Huhana Hickey - LLB/BSocSci, LLM (distinction), PhD in Law and Tikanga Māori.

The EOLC (Euthanasia) Bill – An update and its impact on disabled persons 

*** Note – this presentation will be via Zoom ***

Huhana has a long-standing interest in the human rights of people from marginal backgrounds and the consequences of discrimination and social oppression. Huhana is a scholar of disabilities research and legal theory and is noted for the breadth of her published cross-disciplinary research. One of Huhana’s goals is to increase the knowledge of indigenous peoples with disabilities along with increasing their profile and inclusion in all levels of society.

Huhana is a formal director on the HCNZ board, on the Human Rights review Tribunal, board member on Odyssey House drug rehabilitation board, a DISAC member, on the Manukau Health park advisory team, advisor to different ministerial policy projects, was an advisor to the welfare expert advisory group, has her own consultancy (Pukenga Consultancy), is President of the Māori Women’s Welfare league Te Hokinga Mai branch for Disabled Māori women. Former chair of the Medicinal Cannabis Awareness NZ Trust. A partner, Mum, Nana and keen singer, writer and poet. 

Kate Reid

End of life Survey: hearing the voices of the bereaved

Kate’s background is in nursing, specifically oncology and hospice/palliative care over a number of years, both in New Zealand and overseas.  Incorporating clinical practice, leadership, education, management and governance positions, in local and national roles. Kate is currently employed by the School of Health Science at Canterbury University, where she is a researcher and senior lecturer of post graduate palliative care papers.  

‘Quality of life interests’ outside of work include sharing medicinal tinctures of grape with great colleagues and friends and living the ‘safety fast’ motto of old MG cars.

Dr Janine Winters

Implementing Legal Assisted Dying in NZ – what can we learn from the experience of other jurisdictions?

Janine Winters, M.D. is a clinician at the Otago Community Hospice and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago Bioethics Centre.  She has worked clinically as a Palliative Medicine specialist since 2006 and previously worked in Hospital Medicine and Family Medicine in New Zealand and the USA.  Within bioethics her interests are end-of-life ethical issues for adults and children, clinical ethics committees and high stakes decisions-making for children. 

Janine is mid-way through completion of a PhD and in 2019 she interviewed doctors in Canada who had provided euthanasia/assisted dying.  Her current research focuses on physician providers’ impressions of providing a high-stakes newly legalized procedure. Her career is woven around her passions for clinical bioethics, teaching medical students and the interaction between mind and body in clinical medicine.

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Sharyn Crichton

Experiences of international nurses caring for palliative care residents in New Zealand Aged Residential Care (ARC) facilities

Sharyn currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Palliative Aged Residential Care Service (Nurse Maude Palliative Care Service) in Christchurch, Canterbury. Her career to date has had a strong focus on older persons health, aged residential care, and palliative care. Sharyn hasworked with Capital and Coast Health, Canterbury District Health Board and in the private health sectors in both Wellington and Christchurch. She completed her Comprehensive Nursing training ‘later in life’, and then went on to complete Post Graduate studies with Whitireia Polytechnic and Canterbury University. She has a passion for supporting ARC staff in their work providing excellent palliative/end of life care to their residents, families/whanau. Outside of work films, gardening, reading and family/friends occupy her time.

This piece of research was completed by Elizabeth Angus.  It was initiated following Liz’s awareness of the challenges faced by internationally qualified nurses (IQN’s) providing end of life care to residents in aged residential care (ARC) facilities in the Christchurch/Canterbury region.

Liz completed a thematic analysis from focus groups, where she was able to gain a better perspective into the day-to-day challenges faced by these valued, hardworking nurses.  

This research highlighted an appreciation of IQN’s cultural practices/training, their ability to adapt and show resilience within their work environment.   

It also supported the role of the Palliative Aged Residential Care (PARC) service’s need to provide ongoing education, support, and role modelling to develop confidence within ARC.  

An article was published in the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

Sharyn Crichton supported Elizabeth Angus in her research.

PCNNZ Symposium Schedule

Monday 17 October

7.30- 8.30


8.30 – 8.45

Welcome – From PCNNZ Chair Louisa Ingham

8.45 – 9.45

Dr Huhana Hickey – the End of Life Choice Act and Disability


Dr Janine Winters

10.45 – 11.00

Morning Tea


Sharyn Crichton – Experiences of international nurses caring for palliative care residents in New Zealand Aged Residential Care (ARC) facilities.

11.45 – 13.00

Lunch – served from 12.15pm

AGM – 11.45am

13.00 – 14.30

Short and Snappy! 

Jo Hendrickson – Tongue in Cheek – Sublingual and buccal medications for symptom control & end-of-life care
Willem Vink – Medicinal Cannabis: a brief review
Lisa Henderson –Working together, a Multi-disciplinary Approach in ARC
Abby Earrey & Louisa Ingham – National Guidelines Working Group Update

14.30 – 15.30

Kate Reid – End of Life Survey: hearing the voices of the bereaved.

15.30- 15.45

Afternoon Tea

16.00 – 16.45

Panel discussion – Looking forward – the hopes & challenges of the palliative care workforce in New Zealand

16.46- 17.00

Closing – summary & acknowledgments 

Network morning – Tuesday 18 October - 9am-11.30am

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners will have an education/networking morning 9.30-11.30am, topics to be advised. We would like to thank the College of Nurses for funding this study day opportunity.

We will also facilitate networking opportunities for other groups from 9.30 – 11.30am and hope to include – 

  • Aged Residential Care Nurses
  • Hospital Palliative Care Nurses
  • Hospice Nurses
  • Primary Care Nurses
  • Allied Health

If you are interested in joining the networking afternoon and one of the specialty groups, please inform us on registration.

If you have another specialty group you would like to meet up with please inform us on your registration and we will  endeavour to facilitate this also.

There will be tea, coffee & juice available for this morning session. 

Conference Location

QT Queenstown / Rydges Lakeland Resort

Both the symposium & networking morning will be held at QT Queenstown/Rydges.

Access to the venue is from either 30 Brunswick Street or 28 Lake Esplanade.

“QT/Rydges offers Incomparable views over the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and breath taking peaks of the Southern Alps. Sitting pretty in nature’s playground, this lush lakeside resort emulates nostalgic alpine and après-ski ambiance – perfect for the pleasure seeking adventurer. Located on the same site as sister property Rydges Queenstown with additional accommodation and shared event & food beverage spaces makes this the ultimate Conference & Event venue in Queenstown.”


Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There’s bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there’s skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. 

Queenstown tourist info www.queenstownnz.co.nz

Covid 19 Preparation

We have made every endeavour for the conference to continue should New Zealand return to Alert Level Red.

Registrations are limited to 85 to ensure the numbers remain under the 100 person limit and allows for the committee & speakers attendance. The venue has space for one metre social distancing at all times, masks, hand-sanitiser & RATs will be available. 

The organising committee would be very grateful if delegates had a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) prior to conference attendance. Our workforce & the population we serve are vulnerable & we wish to do all we can to protect each other & the people we care for. There will be RATs available at the venue.