1st Training for teachers in Palliative Care at Hospis Malaysia

Hospis MalaysiaTRAINING FOR TEACHERS IN PALLIATIVE CARE (July 26 – 31) – Discounted rates for APHN members!!

Palliative Care professionals are trained to provide care for patients and their families. However, they are often required to teach others formally as part of their duties. Most however have had no formal training in teaching.

This well established and internationally renowned course, conducted by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, United Kingdom and Hospis Malaysia focuses on how to teach and not what to teach which enables you to examine adult educational theory and explore in practice using a range of teaching methods and delivery skills. This course has been specifically designed for healthcare professionals working in palliative care.

You will be encouraged to design and develop learner centered education and explore how to adapt your teaching to meet the needs of various audiences. This intensive and experiential workshop will be conducted by Dr Ruthmarijke Smeding, Professor John Ellershaw from Liverpool, and Dr Ednin Hamzah from Hospis Malaysia.

Registration fees are RM950 (USD300) and RM800 (USD250) for APHN members. Registration can be made online at our website www.hospismalaysia.org. The workshop will take place at Hospis Malaysia and will be limited to 20 places only.

For further enquiries, kindly contact Wai Mun at telephone: +603 9133 3936 extension 267 or email to education@hospismalaysia.org

Scholarships for physicians in developing countries

220515The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) has announced Scholarships for Physicians in Developing Countries to attend next years’ AAHPM and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) Annual Assembly in the US. The Developing Countries Scholarship Fund was established to provide access to quality education for physicians who reside in developing countries by helping them attend the AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly.

This scholarship program provides financial support (up to $5,000) to physicians to help them access the latest clinical information and research updates in hospice and palliative care from leading experts in the field.


Scholarships are available to physicians who care for seriously ill patients and permanently reside and practice in a developing country. It is our hope that the scholarship recipients will share the knowledge gleaned from the Annual Assembly to improve the palliative care offerings in their home country. Preference will be given to applicants who are

  • members of the AAHPM. Free online membership is available to physicians who reside in a developing nation as defined by the World Bank as “lower or middle income” & HINARI list of eligible countries
  • have not previously attended the Annual Assembly
  • are junior in their career; and
  • whose organizations are considered least able to afford this opportunity.


Applications for the are now open till August 3, 2015. If you are having trouble with the applications link, access the Word application.

Scholarship recipients will be asked to participate in a discussion forum during the Annual Assembly to share the practice of hospice and palliative medicine in their country and will also be required to submit a written report describing how their attendance at the Annual Assembly benefited their work. Scholarship recipients will be required to secure their own visa. Applicants will receive notification from AAHPM confirming their application has been received… read more

Contact Jen Bose at +01 847 375 3688 or jbose@aahpm.org with any questions.

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Introducing APHN new 15th Governing Council

15th Council

Back row: Mr Kwan Kam Fan, Dr Jeanno Park, Dr Maria Witjaksono, Dr Chun-Kai Fangl, Dr Priyadarshini Kulkarni, Dr Richard Lim, Dr Annie Kwok, Prof Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Prof Satoru Tsuneto, Dr Chong Poh-Heng
Seated: Dr R Akhileswaran, Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, Prof Cynthia Goh, Prof Tetsuo Kashiwagi (Stepped down from 15th Council), Dr Ednin Hamzah 
Absent with apologies: Prof M R Rajagopal, Dr Ghauri Aggarwal, Prof Patsy Yates, Dr Yvonne Luxford, Prof Hyun Sook Kim, Dr Jun-Hua Lee

Associate Professor Cynthia Goh Chairman Elected (Singapore)
Dr Ednin Hamzah Vice-Chairman Co-opted (Malaysia)
Professor M R Rajagopal Vice-Chairman Co-opted (India)
Dr Ghauri Aggarwal Honorary Secretary Co-opted (Australia)
Dr R Akhileswaran Assistant Honorary Secretary Elected (Singapore)
Prof Patsy Yates Honorary Treasurer Appointed (Australia)
Mr Kwan Kam Fan Assistant Honorary Treasurer Appointed (Hong Kong)
Dr Priyadarshini Kulkarni Member Appointed (India)
Dr Maria Witjaksono Member Appointed (Indonesia)
Professor Satoru Tsuneto Member Appointed (Japan)
Dr Jeanno Park Member Appointed (Korea)
Dr Richard Lim Member Appointed (Malaysia)
Dr Yvonne Luxford Member Elected (Australia)
Dr Annie Kwok Member Elected (Hong Kong)
Professor Yoshiyuki Kizawa Member Elected (Japan)
Professor Hyun Sook Kim Member Elected (Korea)
Dr Chun-Kai Fang Member Elected (Taiwan)
Dr Sushma Bhatnagar Member Co-opted (India)
Dr Chong Poh Heng Member Co-opted (Singapore)
Dr Jun-Hua Lee Member Co-opted (Taiwan)

Chairs of APHN committees

Communications: Dr Chun-Kai Fang (Taiwan)

Education: Dr Ednin Hamzah (Malaysia)

Finance: Prof Patsy Yates (Australia)

Human Resource: Mr Kwan Kam-Fan (Hong Kong)

Membership : Dr Annie Kwok (Hong Kong)

Research: Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (India)

Chairs of APHN Special Interest Groups (SIG)

Paediatric Palliative Care: Dr Chong Poh Heng (Singapore)

Pacific Islands: Dr Sue Marsden (New Zealand)

China: Dr Rico Liu (Hong Kong)

Advisory Council (By invitation)

Chair: Prof Tetsuo Kashiwagi (Japan)

Member: Prof Enoch Lai (Taiwan)

Member: Prof Young Seon Hong (Korea)

ALL committee and groups are open for APHN members to join (except finance committee). Please feel free to email the APHN Secretariat at aphn@aphn.org or call +65 6235 5166 to indicate your interest if you will like to be part of the APHN committee or SIG!!

Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network and Palliative Care Australia : Syringe Driver Exchange Programme

With the phasing out of Graseby syringe drivers in Australia with the introduction of alternatives, significant numbers of these useful devices could be made available for palliative care services in the region.  The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) and  Palliative Care Australia (PCA) propose a mechanism whereby a palliative care institution (APHN Organisational Member) initiates a request to APHN by filling in the details below. Successful applicants will be informed and PCA will connect them to a donor service in Australia. This arrangement hopes to facilitate a donation of useful syringe devices across international boundaries as well as networking.

Invitation to bid – 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2019


The APHN Council is pleased to invite member organizations wishing to host the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2019 to send in their application to the APHN Secretariat.  Closing date for submission of application and bid documents has been extended till Friday, 31 July 2015.

Click here to download the bidding document template and the procedure for application.

Please email the bidding document to aphn@aphn.org.

Please note to send your file as “Bidding document for 13th APHC_<your organization name>”


1st Online forum Discussion on Paediatric Palliative Care


APHN has set up our very own online forum platform for discussion on palliative care issues. We hope the forum can serve as a contact point to link individuals involved in palliative care to foster collaboration, share knowledge and start discussions in this area. The 1st forum discussion topic will focus on Paediatric Palliative Care. The forum will be accessible for members to log in from 31 January. Click here to view the forum.


Help improve access to medications for palliative care worldwide

300615Next year, 2016, brings an unprecedented opportunity for the UN General Assembly to review world drug policy during the Special Session to be held 19-21 April in New York.

World drug policy directly affects palliative care, because it frames policies that control national, regional and local access to internationally controlled essential medicines such as morphine and other opioid analgesics.

This UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem will include the voices of civil society organisations through the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF), a 27-member body that includes representatives for all the world’s regions, as well as “affected populations”. A full list of members and a background document on the CSTF can be found online.

The CSTF appointed me, as Advocacy Officer for International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC), to represent populations affected by lack of access to internationally controlled essential medicines such as opioid analgesics and methadone.

Prior to the UNGASS, and by the end of July 2015, CSTF members have been asked to collect information from partners for a baseline survey/questionnaire regarding what they know about UNGASS and which outcomes they hope for and expect.

We ask you to please fill out this survey/questionnaire which can be found online.

We have prepared a cover letter to assist you in answering questions regarding our sector’s response to the survey, with some text about what those of us who advocate at the international level, would like to see result from the process and from the event itself. It is meant just as a rough guide for your thinking, and not as a text to be reproduced verbatim. Please email me atkpettus@iahpc.com to request a copy.

For more background information, please see the text of Resolution 58/8, which describes the format for the session, and outlines expectations for member state and civil society participation.

As you will see from the resolution, the UNGASS will include five roundtables on drug related issues, one of which (Drugs and Health) will include improving access to essential controlled medicines. Civil society representatives are expected to participate in those roundtables.

Please take time in the next week, to fill out the survey (it should not take more than half an hour of your time), submit it in through the link, and let me know that you have taken it.

You can also send your responses, as well as any other thoughts you may have on the process, to me at kpettus@iahpc.com.

There will be a further contact period during the summer and afterwards, to gather more information and support for our strategy.

Thank you in advance for participating in this important exercise!

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Singapore – Manpower crunch poses challenges for home hospice

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

SINGAPORE | AsiaOne – 25 June 2015 – Home hospice care is the type of end-of-life care that most people hope for. But it will be a struggle to sustain this type of care if the manpower crunch keeps up, palliative care doctors cautioned. “If there are fewer medical and nursing resources available to support 24/7 services, and the burnout and turnover rate are higher in the home care setting, this type of care will be difficult to sustain…” said Dr. Ong Yew Jin, medical director of Singapore Cancer Society. There are 51 accredited specialists in palliative medicine in Singapore, but only an estimated 34 of them work full-time. This works out to less than one full-time palliative consultant per 100,000 people – less than half the ratio recommended by Palliative Care Australia, added Dr. Ong. Adding to the strain is the distribution of resources, he pointed out.” Most (palliative care nurses and doctors) are based in the hospitals or inpatient facilities…read more

Palliative Care course for social workers in Singapore

250615This is an inaugural run of a basic certificate course in the foundational principles and practice of palliative care, designed especially for social workers across all settings.The objective of this course is to build professional competency and confidence in social workers, by equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to work with terminally ill clients and their families.Learning will take place through e-learning, interactive lectures, discussions and role plays conducted by experienced social workers, doctors and nurses from palliative care field. Course participants will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the course (minimum attendance required) and accorded with 1 CPE credit per hour of face-to-face teaching.

Course Dates
13 August 2015 (Thursday) till 20 November 2015 (Subsequent sessions will be held on Fridays)

Venue: Family Resource and Training Centre (FRTC),  Singapore Association of Social Worker, Block 324 Clementi Ave 5, #01-209, Singapore 120324
Fees:     S$1000 (inclusive of GST)

Admission Criteria
Applicants should have a recognized degree in social work and at least 2 years of social work experience. Applications which do not meet the criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Online registration is currently open till 30 June 2015. Please visit our website https://www.duke-nus.edu.sg/lcpc/education/1st-pccsw-course/ to register.

For enquiries, please contact:
Ms Michelle Huang | Tel: 6436 8153
Email: michelle.huang@duke-nus.edu.sg

Ms Grace Ong | Tel: 6436 8055
Email: grace.ong.w.l@nccs.com.sg

A new paradigm for public health: implementing a palliative care resolution


Dr Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau is Adviser at the Department of Service Delivery and Safety at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dr Bouësseau spoke to ehospice about the implementation of the WHA resolution: ‘Strengthening palliative care as a component of integrated care throughout the life course’, how local services can use this document, and the potential of palliative care to model a new paradigm for public health.

A physician and an ethicist by training, Dr Bouësseau has been tasked with coordinating the implementation of the Resolution at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

Strengthening palliative care as a component of integrated care throughout the life course

The Resolution represents a global commitment from the 194 member states of the World Health Organization to put in place and implement policies in palliative care, and a move from fragmented efforts towards worldwide collaboration.

“With the resolution we have something quite new at a global level,” says Dr Bouësseau, speaking to me at the World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care. “We have a great opportunity to benefit from this commitment and to strengthen programmes all around the globe.”

A transversal approach

Implementing the Resolution will not be achieved by working in silos, argues Dr Bouësseau, but rather calls for “a transversal approach,” which requires a commitment to effective partnership by many different groups, such as policy makers, Non-governmental Organisations and healthcare professionals.

Patient and family caregivers must be included in this discussion. Dr Bouësseau says: “the voice of patients and the family caregivers is extremely important if we really want to integrate the different aspects of palliative care, including social care.”

Palliative care as part of Universal Health Coverage

Palliative care is included in the WHO definition of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a priority of the Organization’s work. According to Dr Bouësseau, an important function of the Resolution is to ensure that the palliative care component of UHC is achieved. “One of the most important components of this global commitment is to ensure that palliative care is provided to everybody,” she says.

Dr Bouësseau noted that legal barriers, such as lack of access to opioid medication, impeded access to palliative care. Lack of trained human resources and poor public education also stop people accessing these vital services.

Palliative care is applicable throughout the life course, and can improve the quality of life and death for people with any life-limiting disease. Dr Bouësseau noted that: “a strong message of the Resolution is that palliation should be a concern at an early stage, not only when people are at the very end of their life,” saying that palliative care should be integrated into other forms of care; and not only for cancer, but also for people affected by communicable diseases such as HIV and TB .

“That is why the department where I work, Service Delivery and Safety, is involved,” she said. “Palliative care is not a need for some specific diseases, but it is really for all patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses through their life course and as such it is a responsibility of health services.”

Dr Bouësseau specifically recognised the need for quality palliative care for children, saying “(this) is a particular concern because we know that there is a very big lack of access for children…read more

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New network to address Palliative care in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies

220615In a world ravaged by war, epidemics and natural disasters, palliative care is essential. 20 June 2015 is World Refugee Day, when countries around the world remember the more than 60 million people living in a state of uncertainty, danger, poverty and even trauma and illness, often brought about by Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (CHEs).

Recognising the holistic needs that accompany these emergency situations, a new network – Palliative care in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (PALCHE) – has been developed to address current limitations in providing palliative care to people facing CHEs. 

CHEs are defined by the United Nations as “a humanitarian crisis in a country, region or society where there is total or considerable breakdown of authority resulting from internal or external conflict which requires an international response that goes beyond the mandate or capacity of any single and/or ongoing UN country program.” Natural disasters – such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the more recent earthquakes in Nepal, and epidemics such as Ebola in Western Africa in 2014 – can trigger a CHE. In short, a CHE is an acute emergency layered over ongoing instability that typically needs large-scale, multi-faceted humanitarian assistance.

CHEs can generate terror, pain, trauma and hopelessness for people caught up in them. Groups such as children, pregnant and nursing women, migrants, displaced people and those affected by progressive life-limiting illnesses are especially vulnerable in these situations. This vulnerability arises from the catastrophic destruction of social networks and health systems and services, which means that vital needs cannot be met.

Adults and children with existing chronic diseases also face exacerbation of their illness due to conditions caused by a disaster (e.g., lack of water and food, exposure to the elements, disruption in supply of their medications, etc.). As a result, morbidity and mortality from chronic disease increases during disasters and is a specific area where palliative care can assist.

But many people without palliative care needs prior to a CHE may also need palliative care due to their new situation – e.g., Ebola brought life-threatening illness to entire communities – as well as complex bereavement needs which are usually ignored in the face of more ‘urgent’ medical and rescue priorities.

Since 2000 there have been positive palliative care developments globally. However, the significant need for effective palliative care persists. Despite the prioritization of health care in international responses to CHEs, palliative care has historically been neglected, the prime focus generally being on acute medical interventions, e.g., setting broken bones. The PALCHE network plans to address this gap.

PALCHE is an informal collaborative network listed within the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) and comprised of individuals committed to increasing availability and access to palliative for those facing war, natural disasters, epidemics, poverty, hunger and displacement…read more

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Hidden Lives / Hidden Patients: theme announced for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day


The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) have announced the theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day: ‘Hidden Lives / Hidden Patients.’

This year, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day will take place on 10 October. The theme will focus on the patients living in unique conditions who often struggle with access to palliative care including children, LGBT individuals, people living with HIV, prisoners, soldiers and those living in rural settings.

In palliative care, no one should be invisible.There are ‘hidden patients’ with ‘hidden lives’ for whom the need for palliative care is not recognised. Children are often neglected and ‘hidden’, with 21 million children worldwide needing a palliative care approach.

The vision of the WHPCA and the ICPCN is a world with universal access to hospice and palliative care for adults and children.

Palliative care should be available for all with life-limiting illnesses, regardless of age, race, disease, gender, sexuality, or where they live.

By creating opportunities to speak out about the issues, the WHPCA and the ICPCN hope to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care for adults and children throughout the world.

The aim of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is to raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical and spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families…read more

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Nursing without borders – a story from Thailand


In another story in celebration of International Nurses Day, Dr Issarang Nuchprayoon from Bangkok, tells the inspiring story of a nurse, Khun Meow, who went way above and beyond her professional responsibilities to bring comfort and relief to a young adolescent boy and his family.

The story begins
The story begins in 2010 when I was consulted about a 14-year old adolescent boy named Tone who had survived surgery for medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. He had an unusually slow recovery and was in the hospital for several month for radiation after surgery. I was there to advise on chemotherapy. It was the most unusual timing that our hospital was to close for political reason as there were political demonstrator invasion into our hospital at that time. The hospital had to be evacuated and every patient had to be transferred out to other hospitals. Tone therefore could not receive chemotherapy at our hospital, and I had to arrange to send him back to his hometown cancer centre in Chiangrai province, 900 km north of Bangkok.

Nurse Khun Meow
Tone and his family, brother Game and his mother, got to know Khun Meow very well. I knew Khun Meow only as a nurse in the paediatric surgery unit, which I rarely had contact with. Tone had not recovered well at that time of transfer but with the unexpected urgent plan of moving back home, Khun Meow provided accommodation for the family at her home for a few days during transit. Tone went to Mae Sai, 100 km further north, to the Chiangrai hospital.

The next three years
Having been through tough times and a long stay during surgery and radiation at our hospital, Tone refused to get further chemotherapy. He refused to spend any more time in hospital. He is a big adolescent for his age and was determined to rehabilitate himself to the point that he could go back to his school. He was a clown in that school due to his disability. Over a course of 3 years, life changed. He changed school. He got a close friend. His mom made a living selling goods at the Thai-Burmese border. His brother got accepted to study in Bangkok. And finally, cancer recurred.

A crash course on paediatric palliative care
Tone called Khun Meow every month to let her know that he was better and was going to school. But in the third year at home, Khun Meow began to hear of Tone’s new symptoms, suggesting recurrence. He refused to go to any hospital. When the news arrived that Tone was in pain, Khun Meow called me up. I did not recall having met Tone or his family at that time as I had met them only once 3 years before. Khun asked me about palliative care, how to provide it and what she could do for the family. I gave her a crash course on paediatric palliative care.

Khun Meow visits the home
Tone suddenly got a high fever and was probably in shock so his family took him to a local hospital. He had urosepsis and after being administered antibiotics he woke up and was furious that he was in the hospital. It was difficult to evaluate what was going on with Tone as he, now 17, only wanted to be at home. We only know that he was paralyzed from the neck down. Khun Meow did an extraordinary thing. She took a vacation, travelled to Tone’s home, at her own expense, and assessed the situation. She reported back to me on Tone’s quadriplegia, clinically a sign of new metastasis of his brain tumour, and urinary retention. She went there again two weeks later to teach his mom and close friend the appropriate nursing care for people with paralysis. She confirmed that Tone indeed refused hospitalised care even though it meant death. His mom reported that Khun Meow could communicate well with Tone, which was very helpful.

Advance Care Plan
Khun Meow returned with a much clearer picture of Tone’s clinical condition. We could make a plan and then she went to visit Tone for the third time, a month later. This time I went to counsel Tone and his family on making an advance care plan. Tone was well taken care of by his mother and close friend and was without bedsores. I could see how much Tone and his family members appreciated Khun Meow’s help and kindness to them.

Khun Meow continued to make contact with Tone’s family until his peaceful death two weeks later.

The relationship continues 
Tone’s brother volunteers with us, sharing Tone’s story at public events. From that time on, Khun Meow volunteered to help me in palliative home care for several patients, mostly elderly patients. For home palliative care, a doctor like myself may bring peace of mind to the family but it is the nursing skills that help bring physical comfort to patients through their carers. Khun Meow had made it possible for lay people to take care of their loved one efficiently.

About the author
Dr Issarang Nuchprayoon MD PhD works at the paediatric palliative care service, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University and is also the Secretary General of the Wishing Well Foundation in Thailand.

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Call for applications for the OWSD fellowships


The Call for Applications the OWSD postgraduate fellowships is open. Women from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries can apply for a PhD programme or for an MSc converting to a PhD programme.  Grantees can choose either a full-time three year fellowship option, where the research is undertaken entirely at the host institute, or a sandwich option, where applicants are registered as PhD students in their home country and spend a minimum of six months at a host institute abroad. We particularly encourage women to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment at the host institute.

Eligible scientific fields include: Agricultural Sciences; Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biological Systems and Organisms; Medical and Health Sciences; Neurosciences; Chemical Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Information Technology; Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Physics.

For more information on how to apply and on the selection process, visit http://owsd.ictp.it/activities/postgraduate-training-fellowships.
Application forms are available for download HERE.

Deadline for submission of applications: 31 July 2015

From OWSD Website

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarships for End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)


Milbank Foundation Scholarships: (for nurses who provide care to geriatric patients in primary care, acute care, long-term care, nursing homes, community, and/or hospice—you do not need to be a geriatric nurse practitioner). This scholarship will cover a 2 night hotel stay and registration for the course…read more

Download the scholarship application form here.

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Call for changes to Māori palliative care

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


NEW ZEALAND | New Zealand Radio News – 9 June 2015 – Some academics are calling for more rigourous training to ensure Māori receive better care at the end of their lives. They say the current palliative care system does not do enough to cater to the cultural needs of Māori. University of Auckland Professor Merryn Gott and her colleague Tess Moeke-Maxwell have spent the past five years researching end-of-life care for Māori and how it could be improved. Professor Gott said, when it came to palliative care in Aotearoa, a one-size-fits-all approach was not effective. She said the current hospice model was based on Western culture. “There’s actually a philosophy that underpins [it] and it’s quite a Western philosophy about what good death looks like. Certainly there are some dissonances between that and what Māori would want for themselves at the end of life,” she said. “So I think there’s a real need to understand the different, culturally nuanced needs of Māori at the end of life and to look at how services could be optimised to support those.” Ms. Gott said Māori have special tikanga, or customs, around death that Western cultures do not understand because they don’t have them themselves…read more

Image source: Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/127665714@N08/15893449131/

Free IAHPC membership for undergraduate students

IAHPC_wbAre you interested in learning about the care of people with serious medical illnesses?  The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care is pleased to announce a free one-year membership to undergraduate college/university students of any discipline.

IAHPC membership benefits include:  1) free unlimited on-line access and downloads for full text articles from leading palliative care journals, including Palliative Medicine, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Journal of Palliative Medicine, Indian Journal of Palliative Care, Progress in Palliative Care and the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacology; 2) free IAHPC  monthly e-newsletters with updates on palliative care advances around the world;  3) free access to the IAHPC’s website with  resources; and 4) the opportunity to participate in IAHPC’s global activities including global advocacy to improve access to palliative care treatment and care and projects on essential medicines and essential palliative care practices.

And many more!

Membership is valid for one year only and can be renewed annually at no cost as long as the undergraduate status is maintained and demonstrated. The following must be provided:

  • A copy of a valid, current Student ID or Student card
  • A certificate from the school/university certifying that the applicant is an undergraduate student. The certificate should be not older than 3 months.

IAHPC Chair Prof. Lukas Radbruch commented: “The IAHPC provides today’s undergraduate students – the future professionals- the opportunity to learn and enhance their palliative care skills and knowledge”. Executive Director Liliana De Lima said. “It’s exciting that undergraduate students will be able to tap into the IAHPC resources and services. This will lead to increased awareness and earlier learning and understanding about palliative care” Ana Restrepo, IAHPC Operations Officer, said: “We look forward to working with the undergraduate student members and providing them the support they need through our programs.”

The undergraduate student application is online in the IAHPC website.


Achievement in Palliative Care – measuring outcomes in Thailand

220515250 multiprofessional delegates from across Thailand met at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital last month to attend the conference: ‘Achievement in Palliative Care’.

The Palliative Care Committee of the hospital organized the conference, and the rapid growth of end of life care is a testament to the enthusiasm for palliative care in this country of 65 million people.

It is only 11 years since Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai hospital initiated its first policy for palliative care. The policy has required palliative care-trained nurses in each ward, and doctors trained in palliative care for each specialty.

An on-site temple provides spiritual care and support. Social workers and volunteers – including monks and people from other faith denominations – are also trained in palliative care. Palliative care training is included in religious instruction.

The palliative care committee delivers both teaching and direct care, and this has been underpinned by a commitment to research and tools to measure and improve care.

First, the team led on the Thai validation of the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS), which allows classification of patients by function. This classification has informed a local model of palliative care that provides guidelines on patient management according to their PPS score. This has been published in the academic literature (E.g.: Chewaskulyong et al., 2012).

Second the Family Assessment of Treatment at End of Life Care (FATE) was translated into Thai, and the validation is complete.

Third, at the conference this week, data were presented on the Thai Palliative Outcome Scale (POS). POS is used for palliative cancer patients in the hospital, and POS training has been delivered at around 20 provincial hospitals across Thailand…read more

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