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


Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop

Hospis Malaysia12 to 14 September 2014 @ Hospis Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Paediatric Palliative Care is a specialty that helps both the patient and family to deal with the disease, symptoms and issues related to physical, psychological, social and spiritual distress as a result of the illness. This 3-day workshop will cover topics on communication, clinical decision-making, placement of care, ethical issues and organisational and personal care issues. This workshop is for doctors and nurses working with children.

The facilitators for this workshop are Dr Joan Marston, Dr Rosalie Shaw and Dr Anthony Herbert. For more information about the course and registration, please visit their official website here.

Kenya – Ministry of Health acknowledges the need for palliative care

220814Palliative care is a very important aspect in management of cancer and other chronic illnesses.

This was the message from the Ministry of Health to health care stakeholders during a recent dissemination of cancer and palliative care guidelines exercise in Nakuru County, a meeting that brought together 47 representatives from six government and four mission hospitals.

“Most people have previously thought that hospice care is for the dying, a belief that is not true as there is a lot that can be done under palliative care for one to lead a dignified life from the point of diagnosis,” said Dr Odongo, Ministry of health, Head of oncology.

Speaking at the same event, KEHPCA Executive Director Dr Zipporah Ali also echoed the same views that palliative care helps patients die in dignity. “Hospice is not a physical place, rather a concept of health care delivery to those dealing with life limiting illnesses. When we label patients as being on ‘their way out’ we tend to give them less time and support. This should not be so. Palliative care seeks to support these patients holistically, meaning that these patients need more of our time and support to enable them to live comfortably for as long as they are alive…” read more

From ehospice

Grief through a child’s eyes

21082014“Life is hello, life is goodbye.”

This is the mantra every child and teen is encouraged to take to heart at Camp Aloha, a children’s bereavement camp that takes place every year in Savannah, Georgia.

Children in this camp experience in the same kind of fun and games as at any other summer camps. The only distinction is that they will receive comprehensive grief counseling by bereavement experts while surrounded by children sharing feelings similar to theirs.

The highlight – campfire, often brings out the most intense feelings and an emotional release where each camper is asked to write his or her deceased loved one a personal letter…read more

From ehospice

SHC – LCPC Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Forum

1808201426 August 2014, 1pm – 2pm @ Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

This forum is jointly organized by the Lien Centre for Palliative Care (LCPC) and the Singapore Hospice Council (SHC). The presenters will be illustrating on how to manage depressive disorder in palliative patients through a case study.

For more information on the forum and registration, please visit their official website here.

Reproduced with permission from LCPC. More events can be found on https://lcpc.duke-nus.edu.sg/

“The more I know about dying, the more I know that I don’t know”

20082014Writing for the Pallimed blog, Lizzy Miles reflects on the assumptions many people make about death and the dying process and what she has learnt through working as a hospice social worker.

In the article she said, “The most important thing I’ve learned from my work in hospice is “knowing” can be dangerous for hospice staff. We take a situation that seems similar to one we have seen before and we can fall into the trap of assuming the outcome will be the same. Our patients and families take what they think they know from media or prior experience and apply expectations…”read more

From ehospice

Advance care planning: Whose agenda is it anyway?

Draft 1PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, 2014;28(8):997-999. One of the challenges we face in end-of-life care today is juggling the multiple agendas within advance care planning [ACP]. Whose agenda is it anyway? Patients, families, health-care professionals, commissioners of care, legislative frameworks or society as a whole? How do we support adults with a life-shortening illness to live with, prepare and plan for dying in an individual way without focussing only on planning for incapacity, treatment decisions or fitting them into a preconceived and possibly inflexible system of how a good death should be. How do we bring together the multiple agendas allowing equal weight to both the process and outcomes? ACP has to be more than a “tick box policy driven formulaic response…” read more

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

Promoting the rights of older people to hospice, palliative care and essential controlled medicines

15082014In this article, Katherine Pettus, Advocacy Officer, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, (IAHPC), writes for ehospice about her participation in the United Nations 5th Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA).

She pointed out that in developed and developing countries alike, older people are more likely to live in poverty, be neglected, abused, have poor or no healthcare and to be stigmatised as ‘unproductive’ and a ‘burden’. It will require consistent and concerted advocacy to ensure that good language about hospice, palliative care and access to controlled medicines is included in a new convention on the rights of older people…read more

From ehospice

EACH joins forces with Australian charity to improve children’s hospice care

14082014East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is joining forces with an Australian children’s charity to help improve the provision of children’s palliative care in the country.

Joan Marston, International Children’s Palliative Care Network Chief Executive, said: “Children with palliative care needs will be the beneficiaries of this exciting partnership between EACH and Queensland Kids, and this will help to raise awareness and stimulate programme development not only in Queensland but in the Asia-Pacific Region, where the need is very high but services are few…”read more

From ehospice

IAPC calls for national policy to attain clinical excellence in end of life care


From ehospice

Vice Governor announces six new palliative care centres for Jakarta’s hospitals

Palliative care in IndonesiaThe Vice Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, has announced plans to set up palliative services in six of the city’s state hospitals. Palliative care training will be provided to the hospital staff by the Indonesian Palliative Society, supported by the International Singapore Fund. These training modules will lay the groundwork for starting palliative care services in Indonesia.

Maria Witjaksono, Secretary of the Indonesian Palliative Society, said: “The training will be held as soon as the module has been fully developed…” read more

From ehospice

National University Hospital starts palliative care service in emergency department

NUH ED department starts palliative careSINGAPORE | The Straits Times – 28 July 2014 – The National University Hospital [NUH] is starting a dedicated palliative care service in its emergency department (ED) to relieve patients’ suffering. Doctors see the need as more elderly have died in the ED in the past two years. “As our population ages, patients with advanced chronic illness and crisis events such as severe pneumonia or heart attack, are likely to increase,” said Associate Consultant for Emergency Medicine Rakhee Yash Pal at NUH. “The default mode in emergency medicine is maximum resuscitation, but not every patient might want or benefit from that…read more

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


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