The Te Omanga Hospice Story

Te Omanga Hospice is a charitable trust that provides free specialist palliative care to those living with a life limiting condition. This care is available to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as those living with a non-cancer diagnosis and our care is delivered across the age spectrum from the young to the elderly.

Palliative care means the treatment and relief of mental and physical pain without curing the causes, especially in patients suffering from a terminal illness. Patients can have their GP or specialist refer them or a referral can be made by the hospital if the patient is currently an inpatient.

Once permission is gained from the patient for Te Omanga to be involved, our team initiates an initial referral visit, where the needs of the patient and family are addressed and the most appropriate member of our team is identified to provide the support needed.

This team has many skills and much expertise and consists of the following:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses (in the Inpatient Unit and Home Care teams)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Music Therapist
  • Counsellor
  • Social Workers
  • Art Therapist
  • Touch Therapist
  • Volunteers
  • Māori Liaison
  • Nurse Education
  • Spiritual Care Coodinator
  • Hospital Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Aged Residential Care Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Primary Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Palliative Care Health Assistants
  • Day Care Coordinator
  • Equipment/Fleet Coordinator
  • Manager of Volunteer Services

All of these people are supported by an Executive Leadership Team, consisting of the Chief Executive, Support Services Director, Director of Nursing & Clinical Support Services, Medical Director, as well as corporate teams, administration and finance staff and over 500 volunteers who all work together to provide a seamless service.

Te Omanga Hospice receives 35% of its annual funding needs from the local community with the balance being provided through contracts with the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley District Health Boards. It is no exaggeration to say that Te Omanga Hospice could not survive without the kindness and understanding of individuals and organisations in the community we serve. It costs over $6 million every year to maintain our existing levels of service.

We have to raise over $2 million of this from our community – a tremendous and incredibly rewarding challenge.