About The Kowhai Programme

Kowhai Programme

The Kowhai Programme was developed by the Otago Community Hospice after research demonstrated that many people who are caring for a loved one with a life limiting illness, often have little information and no medical knowledge of how to carry out the multiple tasks they need to perform to keep their family member safe, comfortable and with a decent quality of life.

The Kowhai Programme provides information and support to family/whanau carers of Hospice patients. 

The programme gives carers the opportunity to be in a room with the experts; ask the questions that keep people awake at night, and be able to leave a little better equipped for the challenging tasks ahead. It also provides a valuable opportunity to connect with others who are sharing similar experiences. Read about one couple's experience with the Kowhai Programme here.

On our resources page you will find useful information and links that many people who have used this programme have found helpful. The resources are broken down into four parts: family health, psychological health, physical health and spiritual health. Please take the time to look at the information provided and see what may be helpful to your situation.

For Dunedin, North Otago and South Otago queries contact Kowhai Programme Coordinator Denise van Aalst ph: (03) 473 6005 or 0800 473 6005 or email: denise.vanaalst@otagohospice.co.nz 

For Central Otago queries contact our Central Otago Kowhai Facilitator Alice Romano ph: (03) 445 0056 or email: alice.romano@otagohospice.co.nz

Plans are now in place for the Kowhai Programme to safely continue to operate in Alert Levels 1 and 2. Should we move to Alert Level 3 or 4 the programme will be placed on hold.

2021 DATES 

Alexandra: Wednesdays 21 April to 19 May
Wanaka: Thursdays 22 April to 20 May 
Dunedin: Tuesdays 25 May to 2 June
South Otago: Wednesdays 26 May to 3 June 

**All sessions are held once a week from 12 noon to 2.30pm