Rosalie Shaw Travelling Scholarship for APHC 2015 now opens


Rosalie Shaw Travelling Scholarship

APHN is pleased to invite applications for the APHN Rosalie Shaw Travelling Scholarship for the Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in 2015. This scholarship was created in honor of our former Executive Director, Dr Rosalie Shaw, to enable APHN members from resource limited countries to attend the Asia Pacific Conference. The successful applicant will receive support of up to USD 1,500 to fund the conference registration, travel and accommodation.


  • Must be a current individual member of APHN
  • Nomination supported by 2 other APHN members
  • Display leadership qualities and works in a palliative care service
  • Submit a report on the benefits of attendance within 3 months after attending the APHC

Applications must be submitted online here by the application deadline 15 December 2014.

The successful applicant (s) will receive reimbursement of monies only after submission of original receipts and/or invoices to the APHN secretariat.

11th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015


International students conference: ‘Youth in Palliative Care’ to be held in India

311014“We would like to invite students all over the globe to the International Conference on the theme of ‘Youth in Palliative Care’. Progress and innovation are products of association.”

Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM) at Calicut, India and Students in Palliative Care (SIPC) are jointly organizing an International Conference on the theme of Youth in Palliative Care in order to educate, help replicate and improve the model of youth involvement in palliative care.

The conference will take place on 17 January 2015 at JDT Auditorium, Calicut, and will focus on issues relevant to the involvement of youth in palliative care activities.

Palliative care is being accepted worldwide as one of the most engaging avenues for all factions of society. In the social model of palliative care, providing comfort and care for those with terminal and chronic conditions is everybody’s business…read more

From ehospice

Decision Assist puts palliative care, advance care planning resources at GP and aged care staff fingertips

301014Decision Assist, the new Australian Government funded service that supports GPs and aged care staff in the delivery of quality palliative care and advance care planning for elderly Australians, was launched in Canberra. The launch marks the start of a two year program which delivers a round the clock telephone palliative care advisory service for residential and community aged care. Aged care providers – GPs, nurses, aged care staff and allied health professionals – can call for real-time assistance from specialist palliative care nurses and doctors where required.

Decision Assist Chair Associate Professor Bill Silvester said that Decision Assist aims to keep older people out of hospital where possible and help them stay in their community – a wish expressed by the majority of those surveyed on the issue. Many at the launch expressed support for the savings to be made in keeping people out of hospital…read more

From ehospice

Using picture books to explain death to young children

291014In a well-written article published this week in The Guardian, Imogen Russell Williams takes a look at a child’s eye view of death and the power of picture books to explain the concept to young children.

This article looks at a number of excellent books that have found a way to deal with the topic without being too dark. As the author says, “Death and bereavement are difficult facts for parents to teach small children, made harder still if they are grieving themselves. But many authors have found elegant ways to start the process…read more

From ehospice

Do we need to rethink palliative care?

281014When you hit the wall according to Prof Norelle Lickiss, it gives one time to watch others work – and get some thinking done.

It’s different from when you’re heading for the wall, Professor Lickiss told delegates to the Palliative Care NSW conference in Sydney today, where she delivered the Barbara Leroy Memorial Lecture.

After better than half a century in medicine, in clinical practice, education and research in Australia and overseas, Professor Lickiss hints that she may have reached that wall and the impact has brought about some new reasoning. Walls aside, she says that her thinking over recent years has altered the way she perceives end of life treatment – not that she’s some neophyte – more that she has perceived and absorbed the truths around us over a lifetime of practice and observation…read more

From ehospice

Dr Khorinyak – Russian doctor charged for giving pain relief to dying friend – finally acquitted

271014“To look at a human suffering, knowing that you can help and not do anything is just wrong. I am a doctor. I swore to help people. But I didn’t expect to become a criminal.”


On 21 October 2014, the Oktyabrsky Court of Krasnoyarsk acquitted Dr Alevtina Khorinyak and L.N. Tabarintseva of charges of drug trafficking and forgery for helping a dying cancer patient in excruciating pain obtain pain medication.

Writing to ehospice about the acquittal, Dr Khorinyak said: “When I heard the verdict, I felt the happiness of freedom, but I am still not fully aware of that, because for three and a half years I felt aggrieved and needed to control myself and I could not express my emotions. It is wonderful that the second judge was able to take a fair decision…read more

From ehospice

Canteen launches website to support young people affected by cancer

211014Palliative care, bereavement and loss are all issues addressed on a new website launched this month by the youth cancer charity CanTeen.

The Online Support Platform is a world first, designed to support young people affected by cancer, be they patients themselves, friends or relatives of others who have the disease, or associated with those who may have died from it.

CanTeen targets and assists the 12 to 24 year old element of Australian society.

The site has been designed by young people living with cancer. It is hoped it will be beneficial for teenagers and young adults in regional or remote Australia, alleviating their need to travel to meet other young people or a counsellor face-to-face…read more

From ehospice

Patient Story: Sandra’s Inspiring Journey

201014Through Hospice, Sandra found her courage to deal with the difficult things.
Through Hospice, we, as a family also found the courage to deal with them.

My sister in law hated red. She hated it in all its forms. Red hair, red curtains, red towels, red flowers. Didn’t matter what it was, if it was red….she didn’t like it. Imagine her chagrin when the one wheelchair we got from Hospice was red! I tried to lighten the mood by charging into the house and announcing that I had brought her, her very own red Ferrari! ……………I suffered almost a minute of the most withering glare she could muster before she allowed us to get her into the chair to go to the doctor…read more

From ehospice

The importance of caring for carers

171014Palliative Care Australia’s National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP) will soon publish an evaluation report on its year-long project aimed at improving the assessment, planning and delivery of support to meet the needs of palliative care patients’ carers.

The project is the second carried out under NSAP’s Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Collaborative Project (CP). It reflects the acknowledgment of the importance of identification, not only by patients of their carers but also of the need to clearly establish carers’ roles and identify their specific needs…read more

From ehospice

Palliative care in the response to Ebola

16102014Recent counts of the scale of the Ebola outbreak put the number of confirmed, suspected and probable cases of Ebola in the worst affected countries at 8,033, with 3,879 recorded deaths (Reuters).

As one article in the New England Journal of Medicine reports: “As yet, there is no persuasive evidence that the epidemic is under control” (Briand et al., 2014: p1181). It is clear that many months of coordinated effort by health care workers properly trained, protected and supported are ahead.

Although there is no known vaccine or cure for Ebola, the steps recommended by WHO and other international health organizations to reduce mortality are through supportive care and community education. Both of these areas are core competencies of those trained in palliative care…read more

View powerful photo essay by the New York Times: Life, Death and Grim Routine Fill the Day at a Liberian Ebola Clinic

Read more about Ebola:
Ebola 2014 — New Challenges, New Global Response and Responsibility
Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — No Early End to the Outbreak
Face to Face with Ebola — An Emergency Care Center in Sierra Leone
A Good Death — Ebola and Sacrifice

From ehospice

Palliative care to be extended

THAILAND | The Bangkok Post – 11 October 2014 – The Public Health Ministry will extend palliative care for terminally ill people to cover all of its 16 hospitals from seven at present. Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said the Medical Services Department would develop a system and standards of care for terminally ill patients to suit each disease and each type of medical facility… Standardised services including pain management and palliative care, as well as mental and spiritual advice, will be provided to help both patients and their relatives. Suphan Srithamma, directorgeneral of the department, said seven of its facilities had offered palliative care in their quality-of-life wards for the past 10 years…read more

An article from Media Watch, compiled and annotated by Barry R. Ashpole (Ontario, Canada). More reports can be found at IPCRC.NET

Dying without Morphine

“In a powerful documentary, The Pain Project, India’s leading palliative care specialist, Dr. M. R. Rajagopal, explains that India’s narcotic regulatory agencies are so irrationally stringent that in 27 of the country’s 28 states doctors simply avoid prescribing morphine for cancer pain, for fear of running afoul of the law,” writes Ronald Piana in the article Dying Without Morphine, published in the New York Times on September 30, 2014.

The author notes that despite the World Health Organization’s statement that access to pain treatment, including morphine, is an essential human right, about six million terminal cancer patients around the world endure suffering because they do not have access to morphine…read more

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