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.

Registrations are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. Registrations will open on 10 May 2021 for PCNNZ members. Registrations will open on 17 May 2021 for non-members.

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

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

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Conference Programme.

PCNNZ Symposium - Monday 17 October

Speakers – Further Speakers to Be Announced

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

Topic TBA

Huhana has a long-standing interest in the human rights of people from marginal backgrounds and the consequences of discrimination and social oppression. She 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

Topic: End of life Survey: hearing the voices of the bereaved.

Kates 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. She 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

Topic TBA

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. 

She 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.

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 EOLC Act and Disability


Dr Janine Winters

10.45 – 11.00

Morning Tea


Elizabeth Angus – Experiences of international nurses caring for palliative care residents in New Zealand aged residential care (ARC) facilities

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch Plus AGM at 12.30 hours

13.00 – 14.30

Short and Snappy! 

Jo Hendrickson – Tongue in Cheek – Sublingual and buccal medications for symptom control and end of life care
Willem Vink – Medicinal Cannabis: a brief review
Lisa Henderson –Working together, a Multi-disciplinary Approach in ARC
Christina Bowen – Breathlessness

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

16.46- 17.00

Wrap Up

Networking afternoon – Tuesday 18 October

Palliative Care Nurse Practitioners will have an education/networking afternoon from 12 noon – 4pm, 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 2pm – 4 pm.

  • 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 do what we can to facilitate that too.

Conference Location.

QT Queenstown / Rydges Lakeland Resort

Both the networking day and symposium 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 symposium to continue should New Zealand return to Red.

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