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 patients on the Otago Community Hospice Programme.

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.

If you would like further information, please get in touch with the Kowhai Programme coordinator: Denise van Aalst ph: (03) 473 6005 or 0800 473 6005 or email: denise.vanaalst@otagohospice.co.nz 

Kowhai Programme Schedule 2020: 

Due to the current Covid 19 Alert level the Kowhai Programme is on hold. Please check back here, or call the Kowhai Coordinator Denise, to confirm when it will restart. 

Mosgiel - Tues 11th Aug to 8th Sept ON HOLD
Oamaru - Wed 12th Aug to Wed 9th Sept ON HOLD
Cromwell - Wed 23rd Sept to 21st Oct
Alexandra - Thurs 24th Sept to Thur 22nd Oct
South Otago (TBC) - Tues 3rd  Nov to 1st Dec
**All sessions are held once a week from 12 noon to 2.30pm