Applications Open – 2018 International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2018 International Development and Education Award (IDEA) & IDEA in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC)

The IDEA program is designed to provide continuing medical education, assist in career development, and help establish strong relationships with leading ASCO members who serve as scientific mentors to each recipient.

Modeled after the IDEA program, IDEA in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) is designed to provide support to early-career oncologists from low- and middle-income countries who are interested in palliative medicine.


These awards provide early-career oncologists from low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to continue their medical education by:

  • Attending the ASCO Annual Meeting
  • Being paired with a mentor from the United States or Canada
  • Spending additional time at their mentor’s cancer center
  • Benefiting from a three year complimentary ASCO membership

Completed Applications Due:  October 31, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the IDEA or IDEA-PC, eligible applicants with less than 10 years of experience in the field of oncology must complete an application that includes a 250-word essay, a letter of recommendation, and a CV. Strongest consideration will be given to candidates who submit an abstract for the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting. Awardees must be a member of ASCO or submit a membership application when they apply for either award.

Only online applications will be accepted. All application materials must be submitted in English. Complete details about the application and selection process, award terms, and eligibility requirements are available at CONQUER.ORG/IDEA.   

IDEA applications are due October 31, 2017.

Questions? Feel free to contact the ASCO International Affairs Department at +1-571-483-1501 or via e-mail at

Hippocratic Film – Morphine for Pain

Morphine is a painkiller. It’s matchless in the sense that for two-thirds of all people with cancer pain in India, there is no other medicine that can relieve their pain. It’s an essential medicine in WHO’s essential medicine list. It’s an essential medicine in India’s, in their government’s essential medicine list. It’s a medicine that’s made out of opium, which is produced from poppy plants, and most of it is exported to the Western countries.

The full film of Hippocratic will be released on 14 October 2017 for WHPCD.

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Hippocratic Film – Poverty and Health

In India, one-third of poverty is caused by disease and its treatment.

The full film of Hippocratic will be released on 14 October 2017 for WHPCD.

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APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop: Paediatric Palliative Care

Approaches to communication, clinical decision making, placement of care, ethical issues and organizational and personal care issues are some of the topics which will be discussed during this workshop.


The sessions for this workshop are structured into 2 parts and can be attended independent of each other. Participants are welcome to attend all 3 days. The team of invited speakers will be facilitating all 3 days of the workshop.

The Advanced Session of the workshop on 15th October, we will be discussing the management of challenging cases at an advanced level with a focus on ethical dilemmas and evidence based clinical practice. Participants are encouraged to submit their challenging cases for discussion with the experts.

The facilitators for this year’s course are Professor Julia Downing, Dr Lynda Brook and Dr Jenny Hynson.

Professor Julia Downing has been working within palliative care for 25 years, with 15 of those working internationally in Uganda, Africa, in Eastern Europe and throughout the world. She is an Honorary Professor at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and the Director of Education and Research for the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN).

Dr Lynda Brook is a Macmillan Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. She works alongside multi-disciplinary team across hospitals, hospices and community settings, providing a total approach to care focusing on quality of life, embracing physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements in children and families.

Dr Jenny Hynson is the Head of the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program, a state-wide service for children with palliative care needs based at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She also coordinates the case consultation team for the Children’s Bioethics Centre. Jenny has 14 years’ experience in children’s palliative care. She has a PhD in the area and has contributed to major texts and peer reviewed journal publications.


Registration submission can be made online at and emailed to

Hippocratic Film – Burden of Pain

Dr MR Rajagopal talks about the crisis of pain relief in this short clip.

The full film of Hippocratic will be released on 14 October 2017 for WHPCD.

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Hippocratic Film – Torture and Pain

“We have the means. It is not a question of resources. The means are inexpensive. Now, when the means are there, and you allow people to go through that pain, it is real torture.” – Dr MR Rajagopal

The full film of Hippocratic will be released on 14 October 2017 for WHPCD.

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2017 世界慈怀暨缓和医疗日 – 关键信息

2017 世界慈怀暨缓和医疗日



世界42% 的国家没有缓和医疗服务

  • 衡量重点:是否所有卫生服务的质量合格而有效,并是大家可支付的范围?
  • 数据测量后才会有行动!缓和医疗的相关数据应含在全民健康覆盖的数据里
  • 领导者与医疗体系应携手同行,照顾那些罹患威胁生命疾病的人
  • 别再等政策制定!应当机立断,呼吁领导者行动,罹患威胁生命疾病的人不应该被大家遗忘!
  • 现今只有20 个国家将缓和医疗列入国家医疗体系
  • 每年有4千万人需要缓和医疗服务;包括2 千万需要临终关怀的人
  • 可是,只有14% 的临终需求被服务到,完整的缓和医疗供应更少于10%
  • 78% 的需求存在于发展中国家

CARE 护理)


  • 全民健康覆盖的定义是,确保所有人都能获得所需的健康促进、预防、治疗、康复和缓和医疗卫生服务
  • 缓和医疗是全民健康覆盖里不可或缺的项目
  • 全民健康覆盖,包括缓和医疗,是确保持续性的关键
  • 全民健康覆盖是确保所有人都能获得所需的卫生服务,包括缓和医疗,保障人们不会因使用这些服务而陷入经济困难
  • 凡是需要卫生服务、缓和医疗的人,都应获得有质量并且负担得起的服务
  • 全民健康覆盖的目标就是让所有人能够公平地获得卫生服务,尤其是针对亟需要缓和医疗的人群
  • 需要缓和医疗服务的人往往是最为需要卫生服务的人群,他们应被列入全民健康覆盖里

COST 资金)


  • 没有人应该因病致贫
  • 昂贵的治疗费因没有列入国家医疗保健系统导致病人承担财务风险
  • 罹患威胁生命的疾病之病人家庭会因支付无效昂贵的治疗陷入经济困难
  • 如果家中经济支柱病倒或照顾者需要辞职照顾病患,少了经济来源,会造成财务风险
  • 昂贵的就医交通费用会增加重病的病人跟家属其经济风险
  • 世界的大部分地区,慈怀及缓和医疗机构提供的服务是免费的
  • 所有人,不论其收入、疾病种类或年龄,都应获得国家基本卫生服务,包括缓和医疗


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APHN Dialog Session #7: Sharing Experiences in Asia Pacific

This session of the APHN dialog is held as part of the celebrations of the World Hospice & Palliative Care Day 2017.

We will be inviting four organisations in the region to share about their experiences in providing palliative care. The online sharing session will be FREE to all members and friends of APHN.

Programme Outline
Part 1 : Li Ka Shing Foundation National Hospice Service Programme, China
Presenter: Dr FAN Xiao Ping – Hospice Unit of The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University

Part 2: HCA Hospice Care, Singapore (Home Care Association)
Presenter: Nursing Manager SIONG Meei jeng

Part 3: Rachel House, Indonesia (Children’s Hospice)
Presenter: Ms Kartika Kurniasari, CEO

Part 4: KOSISH the Hospice – India
Presenter: Dr Abhijit DAM, Medical Director


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3.       Enter Meeting Room when the logo turns green.

Method 2

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Hippocratic Film – Working in Palliative Care

In this short clip, Dr Rajagopal talks about the joy that palliative care brings.

The full film of Hippocratic will be released on 14 October 2017 for WHPCD.

What is your organisation doing for the WHPCD? Let us know in the comments below or email us at!

APHN Mini Interview Series – Dr Ong Wah Ying, Singapore

Dr Ong Wah Ying

Dr Ong Wah Ying

This interview is the first of the mini interview series featuring members of the 17th Council of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN).

In this issue, we are interviewing Dr Ong Wah Ying, the appointed council member[1] from Singapore.  Dr Ong is also the Medical Director of Dover Park Hospice (DPH) and a council member of the Singapore Hospice Council (SHC), the national umbrella body.

What is something about you that will surprise people?

I used to be the squash captain back in high school! People find it surprising because I hardly exercise nowadays. But I still have a lot of hidden energy in me!

You learnt how to cook when spending 6 months (under the Ministry of Health’s Health Manpower Development Plan) with Southern Adelaide Palliative Care services. What was the experience like?

There was a smoke detector in the apartment and the fire engine will arrive if I do any heavy cooking. So I learned how to cook rice using the microwave oven and that is an achievement! I will mix it with my canned tuna and sometimes hard boiled eggs too!

If you were to choose an object to represent the journey in palliative care, what will it be and why?

I would think it will be a rubber band! Sometimes we need to stretch like a rubber band in order to tie things together. But at the same time, we need to be careful not to overstretch till we snap.

In order to do our line of work, we must try. We must go all the way. We are passionate people. Especially during the training years, most of the time we feel like we can do everything. But we really have to learn to find our own limits along the way and find out when to ask for help from team members. Sometimes we do not even recognise that we are fatigued. Many of us, including me, learned this the hard way.

A rubber band will return to its original shape after stretching. So my experience is to do more when it is time to do more and come back to the original shape. Look for more rubber bands if you need strength and learn to shoot if your target is far away!

Do you see any synergies in the roles you play at DPH, SHC and APHN? What are some areas you think Singapore can be more involved on a regional level?

Yes, definitely. I think APHN needs a greater presence in Singapore. It is important for us to be part of the collective voice for important issues, like stating our stand against euthanasia. The local community needs to know that we cannot be isolated. A lot more can be done in terms of bringing information and ideas across and back. We can collaborate to further extend our local education arms.

Having more involvement from medical students, trainees and various levels of staff will give them greater exposure and broaden their horizon. By being part of a common interest group, we can learn from each other, and be more aware of the updates of developments in services, education and research around the region. We can also leverage on existing knowledge and research to share with other countries, such as by hosting people for attachments and visitors from the region.

I believe that Singapore can contribute by sharing our experiences in non cancers like dementia, how we start-up services as well as new discoveries in the field through the APHN dialog platform. In addition to coordinating sharing by experts in our country, we can learn from experts in the region too. This is something I hope to build across the three organisations.


[1] 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 member.

The article first appeared in the APHN newsletter Issue 33. Read here.
All information is correct at time of publishing.

By: Joyce Chee, APHN Executive

Singapore Statement

The Singapore Statement was issued at the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference held in Singapore from 26th – 29th July.

Photo Credit: HPM Global

Singapore Statement

We participants of the 12th International Conference of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network on 28 July 2017 in Singapore,

  • finding that there is a huge burden of unrelieved suffering associated with life limiting illnesses in the region,
  • viewing with concern that less than 10% of those in need have access to pain relief and palliative care globally, and
  • aware of the World Health Assembly resolution of 2014[1] which calls on all member countries’ health systems to integrate evidence-based, cost effective and equitable palliative care services in the continuum of care, community and home based care and universal coverage schemes,

request member states in the region to ensure:

  • adequate funding and effective implementation of national palliative care strategies to implement palliative care in the region,
  • the inclusion of palliative care in non-communicable diseases control programs and in HIV and TB control programs,
  • inclusion of palliative care education in basic education for all health professionals, and
  • improving access to palliative care for children and young people.

[1] Reference: World Health Organisation. World Health Assembly WHA 67.19 Agenda Item 15.5. Strengthening of palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course. Available at

Launch of first Chinese educational video on children’s palliative care

This article was originally from ehospice.

Led by Butterfly Children’s Hospice, using a grant received from the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation, the first Chinese language educational video was created to educate and promote the concept of palliative care. Mothers, health and social care staff from China and Hong Kong are featured in this video, which emphasises on quality of life for children and their families, also introduces the full range of care providers and services.

Read the full article here.


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