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Wellington PONZ forum education session, 2 September 2017

InsideOUT, PONZ, and NZIMRT present an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ professional development training for healthcare staff on Saturday 2 September at the Cancer Society, Riddiford St. Registration is $20 for NZIMRT and/or PONZ members, $40 for non-members. See the flyer for more details, and click here to register.

For more information about NZIMRT, please visit

Bay of Plenty PONZ forum education session, 28 October 2017

The Bay of Plenty forum will be running an education session on Lesbian Gay Bisexual TransgenderIntersex Cultural Competency on Saturday 28 October at Waipuna Hospice Day Services. See the flyer for more details, and register with Tina by completing and returning the form

The conference committee is currently accepting abstracts related to the conference themes, click here for more details

2017 compassion workshops

PONZ is holding a series of compassion workshops throughout the country in 2017, facilitated by Lizzy Kent, Dr Don Baken and PONZ president Kathryn Taylor. Dates and venues are below

17 March, 12.30-4.30, Christchurch (Ranui House), facilitators Lizzy Kent and Don Baken

27 May, Tauranga, facilitators Lizzy Kent and Kathryn Taylor Information  Registration form

29 May, 12.30-4.30, Auckland (Cancer Society, Boyle Crescent), facilitators Lizzy Kent and Don Baken


2017 IPOS conference 

The 2017 IPOS conference will be held in Berlin, 14-18 August. See the conference website for more information

Bay of Plenty PONZ forum education session, 18 June 2016

Bay of Plenty PONZ forum education day, 12 September 2015

Bay of Plenty Waikato PONZ forum education day, 28 March 2015

Canterbury PONZ Forum Education Session, Thursday 11 September 2014

Bay of Plenty/Waikato PONZ Forum Education Session 2014


Canterbury PONZ Forum Education Session, Monday 17 June 2013

The Canterbury PONZ Forum ran a successful education session on Monday 17 June on the topic of Sexuality and Body Image in Cancer Patients. Guest speakers included Prof Chris Atkinson, on sexuality and body image in male cancer patients, Glynis Cumming on sexuality and intimacy, Theona Ireton offering a Maori perspective, and consumer Ian Chapman. The session finished with a lively panel discussion featuring all speakers. 


PONZ Education Day 2012

PONZ ran a series of education days throughout New Zealand in September and October 2012. Education sessions were run in Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Monday 24 September, with an information evening in Hamilton. All of the day sessions showed a pre-recorded presentation by Dr Alex Mitchell on distress screening, followed by local speakers. The Auckland education day took place on 15 October.

Details are available below

Palmerston North




Courses and Materials

Child and Adolescent Palliative Care

Ethics, Culture and Societal Approaches to Death

Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care