10 Myths about Palliative Care in New Zealand


The word ‘palliative’ comes from the Latin word meaning ‘cloak’.  It is a way of approaching someone facing a life-limiting illness, wrapping them and their families/whanau in support and care.  Unfortunately our Western worldview has contorted the way we view life and ultimately death.  Death is feared, abhorred, and seen as something unnatural to be avoided.

Those of us who work in palliative care see death as normal and a part of life.  However we have not been articulate about our own story and how much palliative and hospice care has changed and developed over the last 10-20 years.  This webinar will explore some of the myths that surround palliative care as a specialty of medicine and as a service in the community.

Some feedback from Dr Landers’ previous presentation:

“An excellent and very informative presentation. Thank you.” – From a nurse

“Thankyou Amanda. That was brilliant!” – From a doctor

“Thanks for a very informative and professional presentation.” – Ian


Dr Amanda Landers is a community palliative care physician working in the Canterbury region for Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care service.  She also supports the West Coast Palliative Care team and is always looking for ways to collaborate with other neighbouring regions. Her current areas of interest are people with non-malignant palliative care needs, especially chronic obstructive airways disease.  She is currently doing research into lymphoedema, pancreatic cancer and models of rural palliative care delivery.

She is now a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Otago Medical School, currently developing a new Palliative and End-of-Life Care Module in Christchurch.  Education is a major focus for her and she has given presentations to a variety of audiences including nurses, allied health, other medical practitioners, as well as the general public.