Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019, Perth

Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019
10 – 13 September 2019
Perth, Western Australia

In September 2019 the palliative care sector will gather in the beautiful location of Perth, Australia for the 2019 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference #19OPCC, formerly the Australian Palliative Care Conference. The theme for the inaugural Oceanic Palliative Care Conference is Universal Access: Oceans of Opportunities.

The theme will allow for exploration of palliative care as a human right and what can be done to ensure people from underserved populations can access palliative care and have their pain and other symptoms managed at the end of life.

The conference will promote the concept that palliative care should be available to everyone, regardless of their location, age, income,diagnosis, prognosis, gender, sexual orientation, social background or cultural origin.

By bringing people from across the globe together for three days of thoughtful, inspiring and practical discussions, delegates will leave armed with information and resources to improve palliative care in their regions. On behalf of Palliative Care Australia, Palliative Care WA and Hospice New Zealand, we look forward to seeing you in Perth in 2019.

Note:

  • There are scholarships or bursaries provided for the event
  • Discounts are available to APHN members

Email for inquiries: info@oceanicpallcare.com

To find out more please visit OceanicPallCare.com

APHN Webinar #10 Report

RMD Specialties Hospital, India

RMD Specialties Hospital, India

Dr. STM Hospital Government Medical College, India

Dr. STM Hospital Government Medical College, India

The Ruth Foundation, Philippines

National Kidney & Transplant Institute, Philippines

National Kidney & Transplant Institute, Philippines

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Written by: Trudy Giam, Executive, APHN

APHN kick-started 2019 with our first webinar of the 2019 APHN Webinar series on 24th January 2019.

This time round we invited Dr Naveen Salins to deliver a lecture 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.

Delirium is prevalent in patients approaching end-of-life and have an association with high mortality and morbidity. In addition, delirium results in the hindering of patient communication which causes high stress levels in not only the patient but the family members or caregivers as well.[i] Hence, it is important for our palliative care colleagues to learn about managing delirium.

Much like our first collaborative webinar, we had an array of host sites from our different sectors. Many of the previous organisations were willing to participate in the event again. We even managed to recruit seven new host sites! The hour long event was comprised of 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.

We had over 647 participants in this webinar, which was a significant increase from the previous webinar! APHN would like to thank the following 23 organisations for their efforts and hospitality as the host sites:

  1. Bangladesh- Hospsis Bangladesh
  2. Bangladesh- National Institute of Cancer Research Hospital
  3. China- West China Fourth Hospital of Sichuan
  4. India- RMD Specialties Hospital
  5. India- Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
  6. India- Dr STM Hospital GMC Haldwani
  7. Indonesia- Dharmais Cancer Hospital
  8. Indonesia- Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital – Oncology Centre
  9. Indonesia- Universitas Padjadjaran, Faculty of Nursing
  10. Philippines- San Beda College of Nursing
  11. Philippines- Healthserv Los Banos Medical Centre
  12. Philippines- Davao Regional Medical Centre
  13. Philippines- Hospice Philippines
  14. Philippines- Makati Medical Centre
  15. Philippines- Lung Centre
  16. Philippines- The Ruth Foundation for Palliative and Hospice Care
  17. Philippines- National Kidney & Transplant Institute
  18. Philippines- Siliman University Medical Centre
  19. Philippines- Philippine Institute Of Traditional And Alternative Health
  20. Singapore- Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  21. Sri Lanka- University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  22. Sri Lanka- Sri Lanka Medical Association
  23. Thailand- Khonkaen University, Srinagarind Hospital

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

Overall, the webinar was successfully conducted and feedback was well received.

 

Do keep a lookout on our website or newsletter for updates on upcoming webinars.

 

If your organisation is located in the Asia Pacific region and would like join us as a host site for future webinars, please contact the Secretariat office at email at: aphn@aphn.org


[i] Bush, S. H., Tierney, S., & Lawlor, P. G. (2017). Clinical Assessment and Management of Delirium in the Palliative Care Setting. Drugs77(15), 1623-1643.

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care – Bhutan Module 2 of 6

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care – Bhutan Module 2 of 6, Trip Report for 28 Jan to 2 Feb 2019

Written by: Ms Joyce Chee, Assistant Manager, APHN

Edited by: Dr Shirlynn Ho, Lien Collaborative faculty country lead for Bhutan

The 2nd Module of the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care – Training of Trainers in Palliative Care Programme for Bhutan was conducted from 28 January to 2 February 2019, at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu, Bhutan. The course was taught by a 5 member faculty team consisting of Associate Professor Cynthia Goh (Project lead), Dr Shirlynn Ho (Country Lead), Dr Jamie Zhou, Ms Saw Nandar Nwe and Ms Jan Philips.

A total of 23 participants, consisting of 8 doctors, 10 nurses, and 5 allied health professionals attended the course. Key topics covered during the 2nd module was built upon the topics taught in the 1st module, and they include the following:

• Pain assessment & management
• Use of opioids and co-analgesics
• Breathlessness
• Nausea & Vomiting
• Constipation & Diarrhoea
• Clinical ethics
• Alternative routes of nutrition & hydration
• Communication
• Navigating Cancer
• Care at the end of life

There were 3 sessions of clinical bedside teaching, which allowed the participants to practice their newly learnt skills. Unique to this module was that each topic was tailored to the participants’ needs. The aim was to provide them with relevant knowledge and skills which will impact their practice. To meet this goal, the faculty were very flexible in adjusting the training to the local context and participants’ feedback at the end of each training day. Three topics were added to the module and the contents of the other topics were modified. These were “Subcutaneous medications available in Bhutan”, “Cost comparison based on equianalgesic dosing” and “Caring for ourselves”.

Overall, the 2nd module was a success. The participants felt more confident in their communication with patients and caregivers. They were excited to share the knowledge and skills learnt during the course with their colleagues and to apply the palliative care approach to their daily work.

During this trip, the team from the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) was extremely honoured to be given an audience with His Majesty the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and to meet with His Excellency Dr Lotay Tshering, the Prime Minister of Bhutan. Both of them recognised the palliative care need in Bhutan and were very supportive of initiating palliative care in the country. The pictures below have been republished with permission from the relevant authorities in Bhutan.

From left: Ms Saw Nandar Nwe, Dr Zamie Zhou, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Dr Cynthia Goh, Ms Joyce Chee (APHN Assistant Manager), Ms Jan Philips, Dr Shirlynn Ho, Mr Christopher Lim (APHN Volunteer)

From left: Mr Sonam Tobgay (participant of the course), Mr Christopher Lim (APHN volunteer), Ms Jan Philips, Dr Shirlynn Ho, A/Prof Cynthia Goh, His Excellency Dr Lotay Tshering Ms Joyce Chee, Dr Jamie Zhou, Ms Saw Nandar Nwe, Ms Yangden Paki (participant of the course)

The APHN hopes to continue to engage and support the development of palliative care in Bhutan via an official partnership with JDWNRH, the nation’s main national referral hospital, to train its core palliative care team, and to establish it as the first teaching centre for palliative care in Bhutan.

Team photo of Faculty and participants

The APHN will like to thank the Director of JDWNRH for providing the training venue, logistics and lunch for the training, as well as hosting dinner for the team. We will also like to thank Ms Phub Zan, President of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Fu Lu Shou restraurant for their hospitality in hosting dinner for the team.

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to the 2019 APCA and OPCC Conference

 

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is pleased to announce it will provide Traveling Scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the following educational events:

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome. 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 conference, workshop, congress or event.

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 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.

Writing and submitting an abstract can be a challenge. Remember IAHPC members can conduct their research by accessing CINAHL database with unlimited on-line access / downloads of full text articles from leading journals,

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

Applications OPEN for Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship and APHN Bursaries

Dear APHN members,

The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) is inviting applications for the Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship and APHN Bursaries for delegates attending the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in 2019.

*Applications will be processed through a centralized portal. The selection committee of APHN will shortlist one awardee for the scholarship and 20 awardees for the bursaries. All applicants will be considered for BOTH the Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship (RSTS) and APHN bursary.

 

Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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
  • Contribution to palliative care development in your country of work or residence
  • Must submit an abstract for the APHC
  • Must submit a report on the benefits of attendance within 3 months after attending APHC
  • Has not received any grants from APHN for the past 5 years
  • Preference will be given to members who have not received sponsorship of any kind for attending regional and international palliative care conferences.

APHN Bursaries

What is being offered
  • 20 bursaries are available
  • The amount of each bursary is SGD500
  • Priority will be given to participants from low/middle income countries, nurses and Allied Health workers, as well as persons who are unable to obtain other sponsorship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current individual member of APHN
  • Nomination supported by 2 other APHN members
  • Must submit a report on the benefits of attendance within 3 months after attending APHC
  • Has not received any grants from APHN for the past 5 years
  • Preference will be given to members who have not received sponsorship of any kind for attending regional and international palliative care conferences.

Important points to note:

  • Deadline for application is 31st March 2019
  • To register for APHN Individual Membership, please click here
  • To renew your APHN Individual Membership, please click here

APHN Webinar #11

Hello everyone!

The APHN will be hosting it's second webinar of the 2019 APHN Webinar series on 11th March 2019. 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 Noreen Chan speaking on the topic of "Palliative Care Assessment".

Dr Noreen Chan is the Senior Consultant and Head of the Division of Palliative Care at National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS). She heads the multi-disciplinary Palliative Service of the National University Hospital, which provides a consultative “shared-care” service to patients regardless of age, diagnosis or discipline (including Paediatrics).

Her other appointments include Chair of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine Physicians; Chair of the Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Training Committee; ACP (Advance Care Planning) Lead, National University Hospital. Her interests include the interface between Palliative care and Oncology; clinical decision making and ethical issues at the end of life; Spirituality in healthcare; and Palliative care education at all levels.

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 (REGISTRATIONS TO PARTICIPATE AS A HOST SITE HAVE NOW CLOSED)

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 last day to register for the webinar at any of these host sites will be on 8th March 2019 (12.00 pm GMT+8)

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

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

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

Yayasan Kanker Indonesia

Venue: Graha YKI, Meeting Room, 3rd floor, Yayasan Kanker Indonesia

Jl. Sunter Permai Raya No.2 Jakarta Utara 14340

National Cancer Institute

Venue:

Institut Kanser Negara, Level 4, Multidisciplinary Seminar Room

Davao Regional Medical Center

Venue:

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

Apokon, Tagum City

Good Shepherd Hopsital of Panabo City

Venue: tbc

Hospice Philippines

Venue: ActivCare Home Health Solutions, Inc.
263 St. Francis Street, Barangay Oranbo
Pasig City, 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

Dover Park Hospice

Venue:

Dover Park Hospice, Level 3, Training and Resource Centre

10 Jln Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308436

National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research

Venue:

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

Egodawatta Road, Boralesgamuwa 10290

Sri Lanka Medical Association

Venue:

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

Karunruk Palliative Care Center

Venue: Karunruk Palliative Care Center Conference Room, 18th floor, Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Memorial Building, Srinagarind hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital

Venue: Meeting Room (1st Floor), Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital

47 Nguyen Huy Luong, Binh Thanh District, Hochiminh City.

University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City

Venue:

University Medical Center - University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City

Block A, Ground floor, Conference room

APHC 2019: Abstract submission alternative

Dear friends,

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused as we understand some may have issues submitting an abstract using the conference website. We have opened an alternative submission portal via APHN for you. 

Please click on this link to submit your abstract: http://aphn.org/asia-pacific-hospice-conference/
(Note: Upon successful submission you will be redirected to the conference website. But you may choose to register and pay later.)

Your patience and understanding in this matter has been greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you in Surabaya in August 2019!

 

Thank you.

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

 

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.”