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    Sands NZ & VCA Summer School 2023

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    Once again, Sands NZ & VCA are running the Summer School for Midwifery and Nursing Students. We welcome all midwifery and nursing students from across the motu, at any year level, to join us in learning about how to support and work with bereaved parents, families and whānau, free of charge.

    We are changing things up this year for our learning sessions (based on feedback over the last two years). We are going to have each topic in two parts – a recorded presentation with the theory and research by Vicki, and then a webinar with bereaved parents and whānau for discussion. You will be sent a link to enrol onto the online platform at the end of January.

    Students will have a week to view the online presentation (it will be about 30-40 mins) and resources will be provided on the platform. We will have a discussion webinar on Thursday mornings with bereaved parents/whānau. This will give students a chance to think about any questions they would like answered.

    Students are encouraged to complete the online learning and the discussion webinar - but if you can't, you will still receive a certificate for what you have completed. (For example - each topic has two hours of learning but you can be acknowledged for completing just one hour if you are unable to attend the webinar).

    **If possible, depending on the availability of bereaved parents - I will try and have two webinars a week (one in the evening as well) but for now it's just Thursday mornings**

    Here are the topics :

    Grief 101 - discussion webinar, Thursday 2nd February

    Sands Three-Point Model of Care & Memory Making - discussion webinar, Thursday 9th February

    What Should I Say and Not Say? - discussion webinar, Thursday 16th February

    Pregnancy After Loss - discussion webinar, Thursday 23rd February

    Sands NZ has generously made these sessions free of charge.

    If you have any questions at all, please email Vicki on

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