30th SHC Postgraduate Course in Palliative Medicine

21 to 23 August 2014 @ HCA Hospice Care, Singapore

This is a foundation course in the principles and practice of palliative medicine applicable to all fields of medicine. The objective is to increase professional confidence and competence in the management of patients with terminal illness. Teaching will be in the form of lectures, tutorials, workshops and case discussions, covering topics such as pain and symptom control, communication with patients and families, ethical issues, dealing with psychological problems and use of hospice services in Singapore. Course participants will also have unique opportunities to personally assess patients and to discuss the most appropriate management strategies with specialists in the field.

Funding is available for overseas-applicants. For more information and registration, please visit their official website here.

Media reports on the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care – Sri Lanka

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Source: Lien Foundation

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care launched in Sri Lanka

ColomboThe APHN, together with Singapore philanthropic house, the Lien Foundation, partnered Sri Lanka’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) Maharagama and the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health’s National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) to launch the 1st Module of the Training of Trainers in Palliative Care Course for medical professionals in Sri Lanka on 24 March 2014. Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health and the National Cancer Institute have made the provision of palliative care a key priority in the country. This is in line with a historic resolution on palliative care…read more

First global research conference: Importance of spiritual care for good patient care

20140408-01Spiritual care in health care is vital for good patient care. That was the consensus of the 300 healthcare professionals who attended in person or by webcast the inaugural edition of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network’s annual conference. The theme of the conference was: Caring for the Human Spirit: Driving the Research Agenda in Spiritual Care in Health Care. The conference was held between 31 March and 3 April at the New York Academy of Medicine and culminated a three-year long research and education effort funded by the John Templeton Foundation…read more

From ehospice International edition.

Paediatric Palliative Care service map – Help us begin our journey!

survey saysA small group of us met in Bangkok at our last conference to discuss diverse issues ranging from collaboration, education and advocacy. What seemed a priority for a start was the need to understand the state of paediatric palliative care within the region, in terms of size and distribution of different players that look after children and young adults living with life limiting disease. Almost unanimously we decided that a survey was in order, to map existing practice and provide a sense of where we are in terms of service provision…read more

Leading international researchers call for quality, evidence-based, palliative care

20140401-02Dr Richard Harding and Professor Julia Downing spoke at the Cicely Saunders Institute recently, arguing that quality palliative care can and should be provided worldwide.

There are huge discrepancies in the provision of palliative care across the world. Reasons for this gap in the quality of care include differences in access to essential medications, training of the palliative care workforce, recognition and support from national governments.

In a recent lecture hosted by the King’s College London Student Palliative Care Society, held at the Cicely Saunders Institute, Dr Harding and Prof Downing asked: ‘Should there be different quality indicators for palliative care in low, middle and high income countries?’…read more

From ehospice’s International edition

Palliative care in prison

20140401-01There are patients who need palliative care everywhere—at home, in hospitals and on the streets. Recently we had the opportunity to provide palliative care to some patients in prison.

Nanjappa, 56, was first brought to us on November 22, 2013 from the Central Jail in Bengaluru with lung cancer. For a few days, he was taken back to the jail the same day. Then we requested the jail authorities to admit him, as it was necessary to titrate his oral morphine dose and to give him better care…read more

We have no idea why they are in jail. What matters is the opportunity to help fellow human beings in severe pain. We are fortunate to be able to help them through palliative care.

From ehospice’s India edition.

Creativity and death can be good friends

20140328-03Treypheyna McShane is an Art Therapist at Bear Cottage Children’s Hospice in NSW. In this article, Trypheyna speaks about the importance of using creativity during palliative care for both children and adults alike.

I’ve spent the majority of my life working as an artist in a multitude of different fields; I was a silversmith, a community artist as well as a wildlife artist for Zoological Parks Board of NSW. I then worked in waste and environmental education fields in local government, as well as creating commissions for high end international businesses. I certainly never expected to be working in the company of death…read more

From ehospice’s Australia edition.

Raising awareness of Children’s Palliative Care – looking for champions

20140328-02As part of ehospice’s series on ‘raising awareness of palliative care’, in this article they look at the vital role that champions, such as the Duchess of Cambridge, play in advocating for and raising awareness of children’s palliative care. The Duchess of Cambridge is doing a wonderful job of raising awareness of Children’s Palliative Care, not only in her own country, but worldwide…read more

“I urge you all to find a patron who will take the clear message of the Duchess of Cambridge to the decision makers in your part of the world.”

From ehospice’s International Children’s edition

Artificial nutrition at the end of life: Ethical issues

BEST PRACTICE & RESEARCH CLINICAL GASTROENTEROLOGY | Online – 12 March 2014 – Artificial nutrition is a medical treatment that first of all needs a sound scientific base before prescribing it. This base is absent for dying patients and patients in the end stage of dementia. Because feeding is a very emotional and symbolical issue, patient and family may request this treatment despite the lack of evidence. These issues should be addressed in good communication with patient and relatives. For comatose patients and patients in a persistent vegetative state artificial nutrition is a necessary support to bridge the time until either recovery is imminent or improbable. At that moment artificial nutrition no longer contributes to the life of the patient and should be ceased. Artificial nutrition has no place in patients that voluntary decide to stop eating and drinking in order to die…read more

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

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital committee identifies eight palliative care priorities in pediatric oncology

20140328-01ASCO POST (American Society of Clinical Oncology), 2014;5(5). About 2½ years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis conducted a series of focus groups to better understand the palliative care priorities of bereaved parents. Their findings were never intended to be generalized, but rather to be used to formulate a strategic plan for an institutional palliative care initiative. Because pediatric oncology issues are best addressed in a family-centered care manner, the authors strongly recommend the formation of institutional task forces formed by pediatric oncology leaders, health-care providers, and family members to promptly identify strategies to evaluate and improve these aspects of care…read more

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

Information of Imminent Death or Not: Does It Make a Difference?

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY | Online – 12 September 2011 – ‘Information of imminent death or not: Does it make a difference?’ Providing information of imminent death to a patient with cancer at the end of life does not seem to increase pain or anxiety, but it does seem to be associated with improved care and increase the likelihood of fulfilling the principles of a good death…read more

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