APHN Webinar #10

Hello everyone!

The APHN will be hosting it's first webinar of the 2019 APHN Webinar series on 24th January 2019. Once again, we have partners all over the region who will be screening this webinar at the respective venues for you to attend! Get this chance to network with other APHN members and friends!

We are honoured to have Dr Naveen Salins speaking on the topic of "Management of Delirium". Dr Salins is the Professor and Head of the Department of Palliative Medicine at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. His area of interest in palliative care is end-of-life (EOL) care, and he played a pivotal role in drawing up the position statement and policy guidelines on EOL care for India. He is one of the national lead from India for disseminating the integrated care plan for the dying by collaborating with the International Collaborative for the Best Care of the Dying, University of Liverpool. He played a significant role in the ICRMR, ELICIT, IAPC initiative towards creating the standard definitions and terms for the end of life care. We believe that you will be able to get the latest updates and enjoy the meaningful discussions during this webinar session.

Join us! This webinar is FREE for all palliative care colleagues, so SIGN UP NOW at this link! Registration closes when slots have been filled up.

Note: For 2019, non-organisational members/non-Lien Collaborative affiliated countries (Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan and China) will only be able to participate in two webinars. Hence, we encourage you to join our APHN membership. Membership fees start from USD $20 You may click on this link to apply: http://aphn.org/membership-2/application-for-organisational-membership/

We will like to thank all participating organisations for hosting this event and supporting this APHN initiative.

For more information or if your organisation will also like to participate, you may contact Joyce at aphn@aphn.org or call +65 6235 5166.

(The full list of host sites is still pending, do check back to see if your region has an available host site. The last date to register your institution as a host site is 15/1/19.)


REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU.

Teaching Hospital of Sichuan University

Venue:

Remote Consultation Center (3rd Floor), Huaxi Xiyuan Building, Palliative Medicine Department of No. 4 West China Teaching Hospital of Sichuan University

Sec.3, No.18, Ren Min South Road, Chengdu, China

Hospis Bangladesh

Venue:

Hospice Bangladesh, Meeting Room

92/2/A, Asad Avenue, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh

National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital

Venue:

National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital, Conference Room, Level 2, Hospital Building Mohakhali

TB Gate Road, Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Dr. STM Hospital Government Medical College, Haldwani

Venue: 

Dept of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Dr. STM Hospital Government Medical College, Haldwani

Rampur Road, Haldwani, Nainital, Haldwani, Uttarakhand 263129, India

RMD Specialties Hospital

Venue:

No:13, Raghaviah Road, T.Nagar, Chennai 600017

Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Lucknow

Venue:

Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Lucknow, Seminar Room, Department of Anaesthesia

Rae Bareli Road, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226014, India

Dharmais Cancer Hospital

Venue: 

Dharmais Cancer Hospital, Webinar Room 4th Floor, Management Building

Slipi, Jalan Letjen Jend. S. Parman No.84-86, RT.4/RW.9, Kota Bambu Sel., Palmerah, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National Hospital

Venue: Venue TBC

Universitas Padjadjaran, Faculty of Nursing

Venue:

Faculty of Nursing Universitas Padjadjaran , Audiovisual Room, Academic Building II, 2nd Floor

Jl. Raya Bandung-Sumedang Km. 21 Jatinangor

West Java, Indonesia 45363

 

Sri Lanka Medical Association

Venue:

The Council Room, Sri Lanka Medical Association, No. 06, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07.

University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Venue: 

National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Conference Room (1st Floor)Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Egodawatta Road, Boralesgamuwa 10290

Davao Regional Medical Center

Venue:

Family Medicine Conference Room at Palliative Ward, Level 2 Main Building, Davao Regional Medical Center

Apokon, Tagum City

Healthserv Los Banos Medical Center

Venue:

Healthserv Los Banos Medical Center, Medical Arts Building, Level 5, Board Room

8817 National Hwy, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Hospice Philippines

Venue:

INTEGRITY TRAINING ROOM
Menarini Phils Inc.
4/F, 11th ave corner 28th St. Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
Taguig, Philippines

Lung Center Of Philippines

Venue:

Lung Center of Philippines, 1st Floor AVR

Quezon Avenue, Quezon City 1100, Philippines

Makati Medical Center

Venue:

Makati Medical Center, 1st Floor Circular, Tower 1, Cancer Center Conference Room

No. 2 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines 1229

National Kidney and Transplant Institute

Venue:

National Kidney and Transplant Institute, 2nd Floor Diagnostic Building, Radiology Conference Room

 

Philippine Institute Of Traditional And Alternative Health Care

Venue: 

Philippine Institute Of Traditional And Alternative Health Care, 2nd Floor

Pitahc Building, Matapang, Pinyahan, Quezon City, 1100 Metro Manila, Philippines

San Beda University

Venue:

Pamanang Bedista, San Beda University

Mendiola St, San Miguel, Manila, 1005 Metro Manila, Philippines

Silliman University Medical Center

Venue:

5th Floor Roofdeck, Medical Arts Building
Silliman University Medical Center
V. Aldecoa Road Daro Dumaguete City

The Ruth Foundation for Palliative And Hospice Care Inc.

Venue:

The Ruth Foundation for Palliative And Hospice Care Inc., Room Number 2719,27th Floor

Entrata Urban Complex #2609 Civic Drive, Filinvest City Alabang Muntinlupa City, Philippines

Yishun Community Hospital

Venue:

Yishun Community Hospital, Tower E Level 1 Auditorium

2 Yishun Central 2

Singapore 768024

 

Karunruk Palliative Care Center

Venue:

Karunruk Palliative Care Center, Conference Room, 18th Floor, Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Memorial Building, Srinakarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University 123

Mittraparp Highway, Muang District, Khon Kaen 40002, Thailand

APHN-Hospis Malaysia: Workshop on Palliative Care Nursing

Workshop on Palliative Care Nursing : 26 – 27 January 2019

Dear Doctors, Nurses & fellow healthcare professionals,

We would like to invite participants to our 2-day palliative care workshop on Nursing Care on 26 and 27 January 2019 which kick starts our series of workshops for 2019.

Palliative Care provides patients with life-limiting illness and their families a new opportunity for choice when many curative options are lost. The objective of this workshop is to equip healthcare professionals with necessary skill and knowledge towards provision of a holistic patient-centered care.

This workshop is conducted in English and facilitated by experienced Palliative Care Nurses from Sydney, Australia, Mr. Joshua Cohen and Ms. Caroline Belfanti. This workshop will address important aspects of care and topics include patient assessment, communication issues, wound management and the entire spectrum of patient care which is vital towards ensuring patients receive the due care they need in their preferred familiar surroundings.

The workshop program, registration and a summary of workshops for 2019 are attached to allow for future planning of your staff training and education budget.

Workshop registration can be made either online at our website: www.hospismalaysia.org or, completed registration form emailed to: education@hospismalaysia.org or faxed to: 603 9133 3941. For further enquiries, please contact Kai Lee at telephone: 03 9133 3936 ext. 207.

Thank you

 

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia

Grace Hospice- Mongolia

History of Grace Hospice Home Care Program

Grace Hospice program of which patients with advanced cancer and for whom cure is improbable are visited in their homes.

Grace Hospice was established in 2005. We offer home care services for individuals in need in the entire Mongolia and surrounding area, and have an office located in Chingeltei. The staff visit patients using public transportation, and routinely provide from Monday through Friday beginning at 9 am to 5-6 pm until all scheduled patients have been visited. Physicians receive telephone calls to help support the caregivers and patients and provide advice on symptom control and help them to understand what is happening with the patient. Currently the staff of Grace Hospice consist of 2 Mongolian physicians, 3 nurses, a spiritual care counselor, a bereavement counselor, and a driver. Another important component of this team is the volunteers who have received 16 hours of classroom training. A caregiver support group meets once a month, and is usually attended by different people each time. The purpose is of the support group is for sharing amongst the family caregivers. It is a time for finding out that one is not all alone. It is a time for sharing of information and copying strategies. One person said “I didn’t have any place to cry”, and expressed appreciation to be able to do that in this group, where many such comments were made.

Following the development of that group, a bereavement group was started. Sometimes it is difficult to get individuals to take part in such a group. It is like the caregiver support group, as it too, provides a venue for sharing and learning that one is not alone. It is also a time to ascertain who is at risk. Finally, and most importantly, it is a time and place to give encouragement and hope that things will improve and that profound sadness will dissipate. Hospice care is primarily about accompanying the patient from the time he is sick until he no longer needs the support. It is with the recognition that quality of care is the goal and not increasing the quantity of life. Patient are living and have things to celebrate, so we are involved with celebration of birthdays and Christmas, Children’s Day, and also helping them to participate in family celebrations by helping to control symptoms they may have. Education and training never is complete and so with this realization, we participate in educational events related to palliative and hospice care in order to improve our knowledge by learning new skills and studying various areas of care in more depth. Grace Hospice offers free care and receives donations primarily through members of the United Methodist Church, which has headquarters in the US. If Mongolians wish to show their appreciation for hospice care they have received we encourage donations when possible. Also anyone who wants to offer support may do so by making a donation to the Grace Hospice program.

Grace Hospice

CPO Box 1242,Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

T: +976 7011 2032

 

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to the 16th World Congress of the EAPC



The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is pleased to announce it will provide ten (10) Traveling Scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) in Berlin, Germany on May 23-25, 2019. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2018. The results will be announced late January 2019.

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome to apply. In order to apply for a traveling scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Be current IAHPC members. If you wish to apply and are not an IAHPC member, you may join by clicking here.
• Be current members at the time of the 16th World Congress of the EAPC.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

• Have not received grants from IAHPC in the past 3 years.
• Have been IAHPC active members for two or more consecutive years.
• Whose institution is an IAHPC active member. To see a list of institutional members click here.
• Are living in Lower, Lower-Middle and Upper-Middle income categories as per the World Bank income classification data. To see click here.
• Are dedicated full-time to palliative care in their current work.
• Graduated less than 10 years ago from university.
• Have an accepted abstract for poster / oral presentation. Proof of acceptance is required.
• Describe in their applications long term goals which lead to improvements in any or all of the following areas: service provision; education; availability of and access to medicines; and public policy.

This program offers funding for travel and registration only, applicants will need to secure funding from other sources to cover additional expenses.

More detailed information about the application process and the online form are available at the IAHPC website.

If you need information on how to apply please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Programs Officer at gnapier@iahpc.com.

Official Announcement

The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (“APHN”) wishes to announce that Mr Yau Weng Wai is no longer its employee or representative with immediate effect from 15 December 2018. The Council would like to express its appreciation to Mr Yau for his invaluable contributions to the development of the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care project. An external search for an Executive Director is in process, whose duties include responsibilities for the Lien Collaborative.

In the interim, the liaison person for this project will be Ms Joyce Chee, Assistant Manager from the Secretariat Office. Her email contact is secretariat@aphn.org.

 

By Order of the Council

Associate Professor Cynthia Goh
Chair, APHN

APHN Organises First Ever Collaborative Webinar in the Region

Speaker Dr Neo Han Yee during live Q&A

Healthserv Los Banos Medical Center, Philippines

Institut Kanser Negara, Malaysia

National Institute of Cancer Research Hospital, Bangladesh

National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research, Sri Lanka

Makati Medical Center, Philippines

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Written by: Trudy Giam, APHN Intern
Edited by: Joyce Chee, APHN Executive

In celebration of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) 2018, the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) organised the first ever collaborative webinar across the Asia Pacific region on 29th October 2018.  We were honoured to have Dr Neo Han Yee to speak on the topic “Management of Dyspnoea.”. He is currently a Consultant at the Department of Palliative Medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore. He was also a speaker for this topic at the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference!

Preparations for this collaborative webinar started in August, where institutions in the region were invited to be part of this event by being a host site. We believed that having a physical venue would help to facilitate meaningful, face-to-face discussions among the participants. In addition, it would also allow fellow palliative care colleagues to catch up with each other and spend time networking over coffee and tea amidst a busy work day.  In addition to existing members, APHN also worked with the host sites to make this special WHPCD session free for all to attend.

The event lasted an hour, encompassing 45 minutes of pre-recorded lecture and a 15-minute real time question and answer segment where participants could pose their questions via a message board. It was a touching moment when we saw colleagues from all over the region coming together at the same time and interacting on the same platform. It was virtual reunion indeed!

We had over 400 participants in this webinar. Most of the participants had found the content to be relevant and useful. Many gained new insights on this particular topic. Overall, it was an enjoyable and fruitful webinar experience for both the participants and the host sites.

This will not have been made possible without the support from all the organisations who offered the meeting venue, logistics, arranged coffee and tea, and even some even applying CME points for the participants. APHN would like to thank the following 25 organisations for their efforts and hospitality as the host sites:

  1. Australia – Palliative Care Victoria
  2. Bangladesh – Hospice Bangladesh
  3. Bangladesh – National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital
  4. China – Teaching Hospital of Sichuan University
  5. India – All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  6. India – Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Lucknow
  7. Indonesia – Dharmais Cancer Hospital
  8. Indonesia – Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National Hospital
  9. Indonesia – Graha YKI Jakarta
  10. Indonesia – Universitas Padjadjaran, Faculty of Nursing
  11. Malaysia – Hospis Malaysia
  12. Malaysia – National Cancer Institute
  13. Malaysia – Sunway Medical Centre
  14. Philippines – Good Shepherd Hopsital of Panabo City
  15. Philippines – Lung Center Of Philippines
  16. Philippines – Healthserv Los Banos Medical Center
  17. Philippines – Makati Medical Center
  18. Philippines – San Beda University
  19. Philippines – The Ruth Foundation for Palliative And Hospice Care Inc.
  20. Singapore – Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital
  21. Sri Lanka – National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  22. Sri Lanka – University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  23. Thailand – Karunruk Palliative Care Center
  24. Thailand – Bumrungrad International Hospital
  25. Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital

Lastly, we would also like to thank all individuals who participated and supported this initiative in one way or another.

Due to the great success of this event, APHN will be continuing this collaborative webinar series in 2019. If your organisation is located in the Asia Pacific region and will like to join as a host site for this event in 2019, please contact the Secretariat office at aphn@aphn.org for more information.

Assisi Palliative Care Berhad (ASPAC) – Malaysia

Article written by Dr Lalitha Jeyasingam , Medical Director , ASPAC

Assisi Palliative Care Berhad (ASPAC) is a charitable organisation governed by a Board of Directors, providing free of charge professional palliative care services to the community. We are based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia and we provide a team based approach to provide high quality’ hospice at home’ care to our patients based on their needs. Most of our referrals come from public hospitals and consist primarily of adult patients with advanced cancer. However, we are increasingly receiving referrals of patients with non-cancer illnesses (e.g Motor Neurone Disease, Dementia, End stage Heart failure and Kidney disease). There are also a growing number of children being referred for paediatric palliative care.

The team consists of two doctors, five nurses, a counsellor, dispenser and volunteers who work towards providing support that improves quality of care for the patient and their carer/family members. We strive to meet the patients physical, emotional, spiritual and practical needs. We also loan out medical equipment such as hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, wheelchairs; and we supply medications as and when they are available to us (free of charge).

ASPAC Staff and Volunteers

ASPAC runs periodic training programs for volunteers, nurses and other health care workers. We believe that continuous professional development is important for staff to deliver skilled palliative care in a holistic manner. There is bedside teaching for nurses and daily clinical review of cases. The nurses and doctors also conduct weekly case presentations and discussions. ASPAC invites palliative care professionals from overseas and locally to join the team when possible so that there is exchange and sharing of information for the betterment of all. Our team attends seminars, teaching programs and conferences when opportunities arise bearing in mind the financial constraints.

We accept medical students and other undergraduates from various universities and colleges for short attachment postings when possible. Our medical advisors are senior Palliative Medicine consultants from University Hospital (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur which is a premier teaching hospital for undergraduate and postgraduate students of University Malaya.

We hope to reach out to other hospice organisations locally and overseas and are open to the possibility of hosting overseas colleagues and in return send members of our team to culturally diverse regions to teach and to learn where both sides would benefit in a two way sharing experience.


ASSISI PALLIATIVE CARE BHD (1151314-D)
(Company Limited By Guarantee And Not Having A Share Capital)
49 Jalan Railway 1/2, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
T: +603 7783 8833 F: +603 7783 8899 E: info@aspac.my W: http://www.aspacmalaysia.org

 

EPEC Pediatrics Trainers Conference- India

Disclaimer: This course is not organised by the APHN

For more information, please visit: http://www.ciplapalliativecare.org/training/epec/ 

APHN-Hospis Malaysia: Grief & Bereavement Care Workshop

Grief & Bereavement Care Workshop (8-9 December 2018)

Dear Doctors, Nurses & fellow healthcare professionals,

One of the aims of palliative care is to provide support to patients experiencing death anxiety and stress of cumulative loss, thereby creating a more healing environment to patients and their families while at the same time being aware of the process of grief and own self-awareness issues.

We are pleased to invite participants to our final modular palliative care workshop on Grief & Bereavement Care for 2018.

This 2-day intense workshop concludes our final series of palliative care workshops for the year. Associate Professor Amy Chow from the University of Hong Kong together with Dr Gilbert Fan who heads the psychosocial oncology department at the National Cancer Center in Singapore, will be facilitating the 2-day course which is designed towards a very interactive and engaging experience.

This workshop will be immensely valuable to clinicians, psychologists, social workers and counselors managing palliative care and care of the dying. The program and registration form are attached here for your reference.

Registration submission can be made either online at our website: www.hospismalaysia.org or emailed to: education@hospismalaysia.org or faxed to: 603 9133 3941. For further enquiries, kindly contact Kai Lee at 03 9133 3936 extension 207.

 

Thank You.

 

Yours Sincerely

Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia

Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours- Singapore

Disclaimer: This is a paid post

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours will equip you with the advanced, specialist knowledge to provide the best possible care, to pioneer innovation and deliver improved outcomes for patients and their families. Graduates will hold a degree from King’s College London – one of the top universities in the world at which to study nursing.

Programme Structure

 

Core modules:
  • Research methods, critical appraisal and statistics
  • Legal and ethical issues for professional practice
  • Teaching, learning and assessing for nurses
  • Advanced assessment skills and clinical decision making
  • Dissertation
Elective modules:
  • Palliative and end of life care foundations OR Fundamental knowledge and skills in older person’s care
  • Leadership and clinical governance in healthcare OR Team-based health care practice and decision making

You can sign up for the Programme Preview every Friday 5pm at Ngee Ann City here.

Exciting new journey for China SIG

Written by: Prof Enoch Lai, Chair, China Special Interest Group (SIG)
Edited by: Joyce Chee, APHN Executive

In the Asia-Pacific region, the Mandarin speaking population forms a significant percentage of the total population. Geographically, they are found in most of this region, and comprises of various ethnic groups and nationalities. Views on life and death are closely linked to the culture, background, customs and traditions of the individual. This in turn reflects on how palliative care is provided. Speaking the same language and having similar cultures, the Mandarin speaking population have a unique point of view when it comes to end-of-life issues.

The largest proportion of the Mandarin speaking population is located in China. In recent years, palliative care services are sprouting and developing at an unprecedented speed in China. The next step ahead will be to connect to the international palliative care community, work towards setting up a common standard and accreditation system and also to encourage mutual exchange. As the palliative care landscape continues to evolve in China, they can also be connected with other Mandarin speaking communities in the region, have access to resources and best practices around the world that is unique to the Chinese. These experienced professionals from other Mandarin speaking communities in Asia Pacific can provide palliative knowledge and skill to palliative professionals who are situated across all provinces in China to ensure that pain-free, dignified and quality end of life care is accessible to all Chinese.

One of the goals of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) is to assist countries in the Asian-Pacific region in building capacity, improving service quality and increasing accessibility. Driven by this common purpose, Prof Cynthia Goh, Chair of APHN, Prof Enoch Lai, Chair of APHN China SIG and Prof Amy Chow, convened a mandarin speaking pre-conference under the Conference – “Innovation and Impact: The Review and Vision of Community End-of-Life Care” hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong on 16 June 2018. Palliative professionals and experts were invited to exchange ideas and to explore the future development and international cooperation of palliative care in the region.

The meeting was attended by 20 palliative care professionals from Mandarin speaking regions. Action plans are currently in progress and updates will be provided at the next meeting during the Mandarin pre-conference workshop in APHC 2019 in Indonesia. We are all very excited to be in this journey and look forward to meeting again.

Lastly, we will like to thank to the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and Prof Amy Chow for making this meeting possible by providing the venue and logistics support.

APHN Mini Interview Series- Dr Rumalie (Mae) Corvera, Philippines

Article written by Marita Linkson (APHN Volunteer)

This is the first in a mini-interview series featuring members of the 18th Council of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN).

Dr Rumalie (Mae) Corvera 1 was recently elected to the APHN Council, and represents The Philippines.

I asked Dr Corvera about her palliative medicine experience and influences, and where she sees her role on APHN Council 2.

  1. What can you tell me about your role establishing the Home Care and Hospice Program, University of Perpetual Help (Dalta) Medical Center.

After my Fellowship training in Supportive Palliative and Hospice Care, I was invited, along with a colleague, to help set up the HCH Perpetual Help; there was an initial proposal authored by Family Medicine Specialist, Dr Elinore Alba. The Medical Director, Perpetual Help, asked us to help with the implementation; which was rewarding in itself; but to see that it actually could be done, despite a few challenges, including slow acceptance by fellow physicians and budgetary constraints, was the most fulfilling part – coupled with the feedback from patients and families. They expressed gratitude for being cared for by a team from the hospital in the comfort of their own homes, and for us caring enough to see them where they lived.

  1. What do you think are the specific challenges for providing hospice and palliative care in The Philippines?

The lack of Government Support and Community Awareness. The Medical Community is also still in the uphill process of integrating it into “standard practice,” but I believe we are gradually getting there.

  1. What do you hope to achieve in your capacity as an APHN Councillor?

I would be most grateful to help in the area of training and education; not just by teaching, but by helping APHN to promote standards and develop references and resources for training, especially for our less developed Asia Pacific country members. I am also willing to be an advocate for establishing and empowering “Compassionate Communities” in the Asia Pacific region, in line with APHN Council’s vision and mission.

  1. What and/or who inspired you to specialise in Palliative Medicine…

My training at the country’s largest government hospital, Philippine General Hospital, where patients are often told “nothing else can be done,” and the life legacy of Palliative and Hospice Care Pioneer, Dr Josefina Magno.

…and what would you say to doctors or medical students who might be considering this path?

The APHN Council consists of 7 members to be appointed by sectors on a rotation to be determined alphabetically according to the name of the sectors (Constitution 12.2a), 7 elected members, and 6 Co-opted members.

That a critical core in the practice of Medicine is the embracing of true compassion…and to quote Joan Halifax.:

First, compassion is comprised of that capacity to see clearly into the nature of suffering. It is that ability to really stand strong and to recognize also that I’m not separate from this suffering. But that is not enough, because compassion means that we aspire, we actually aspire to transform suffering. And if we’re so blessed, we engage in activities that transform suffering. But compassion has another component, and that component is really essential. That component is that we cannot be attached to outcome.”