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.”


APHN Volunteer Reflection

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~Winston Churchill

Below is an article written by one of our volunteers, Li Ying. Li Ying is a Year 2 medical student at The National University of Ireland, Galway.

A Reflection on Volunteering with APHN

by Li Ying (article edited by Marita Linkson)

The healthcare industry often conjures up images of doctors with stethoscopes and patients in wards. However, so much more goes on behind the clinical setting; hidden from the public eye. Volunteering at APHN has opened my eyes to the work of regional networks and the most important aspect of their role; connecting medical professionals so they can share information and promote seamless integration of patients into different healthcare settings.

As a volunteer with APHN, my primary role was to assist with administrative tasks. One of my roles was to help collate and update the directory of palliative care services in Asia Pacific. Although seemingly mundane work, my volunteer coordinator, Joyce, regularly encouraged me to read more about palliative care and recommended courses for me to broaden my understanding. She took the time to explain her role and told me what palliative care meant to her. This helped me to really appreciate the value of my work.

A bonus of my volunteering stint at APHN was the opportunity to visit a local hospice and immerse myself in the services offered to patients. I had the privilege of both visiting the day care hospice facility, and following nurses on their home visits. Both experiences gave me first-hand experience interacting with the ultimate beneficiaries of APHN. Meeting the patients and staff devoted to palliative care dispelled some misconceptions I had about palliative care; for example, that palliative care is mainly for end-of-life patients. While that is generally true in a hospice, there are also patients who have outlived their prognosis, hence being admitted into a hospice is definitely not a death sentence! Early recognition of the need for palliative care helps to chart the journey for improving a patient’s quality of life before it gets too late. I have learnt to recognise that palliative medicine is as much an investigation into the patient’s beliefs, hopes and desires, as it is a focus on symptom and pain management.

Volunteering at APHN really gave me a more holistic view of palliative care – a perspective I would not have gained if I had simply volunteered to befriend patients. Thanks for this opportunity, APHN!

BNI Palliative Care Scholarships 2019

BNI New Zealand is now accepting applications for scholarships from health professionals wishing to undertake postgraduate study in 2019. 

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 28 November, 2018. For more information and to download the application form, please click here.

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

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:

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.