Training remains a valuable and very important aspect of providing Palliative Care. As an HWSETA accredited Training Provider we have a responsibility to offer quality training that will improve the knowledge and skills of our staff, volunteers and community members. Improved knowledge and skills can change lives and open doors for employment opportunities, which in turn help to address certain social ills such as poverty, unemployment, gender based violence and taking responsibility for our personal health.

During the past year the training department managed to implement and complete all training courses as planned. Our staff and volunteers received in service training on a variety of topics throughout the year in order to equip them better for the task at hand. Valuable partnerships were established with organizations like the Red Cross and Department of Health and some businesses in the area. We managed to start support groups at four pilot sites identified in collaboration with the Department of Health which provides support for people living with HIV and translates into adherence to medication and dealing with stigma and d.iscrimination. Palliative care and Early Childhood development has been incorporated into all training offered at S C Hospice. Creating Awareness of issues, helps to change behaviour and allows people to take responsibility for their own health.


Our students come with a host of their own personal challenges of which the competency in use of English language and basic life skills are some of the factors that influence their learning.


Our new Home Based. Care manual which has been adapted from an African Palliative Care perspective will be implemented in future. We have recently conducted a very successful training for businesses on infection control in the workplace and will be offering many more of these trainings going forward. The quality of the training provided is due to the contribution of a highly qualified training team for which we are extremely grateful. This team includes;

Sister DinaThorncroft - Clinical Manager and SisterTutor
Diane Christensen - Psychological Counsellor
Karin Warman - BA(Health Sciences and Social Services), Counselling Psychology,
Thuliswa Sontsele - Social worker
Baphiwe Duma - Social Auxiliary Worker
Colleen Baxter - Care Giver