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.

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.

HCA Paediatric Palliative Care Symposium & Public Forum

Hello everyone!

As part of HCA continual community outreach efforts and in commemorate HCA 30th Anniversary, they are hosting a symposium and public forum on 15 Mar 2019 and 16 Mar 2019 respectively. Details as follows:

1)  HCA Symposium:  Making Every Day a Good Day for The Child

Date:        Friday, 15 March 2019
Time:        8.30am to 3.00pm
Venue:      HCA Hospice Care
Address:  705 Serangoon Road, Block A, Level 2,
                   @ Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Singapore 328127
Fee:          $35 (Inclusive of lunch)

Seats will be given to the first 60 participants who register on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.  The registration will end when all seats are filled.

2) HCA Public Forum:  Talking to Your Child about Illness, Death and Dying

Date:      Saturday, 16 March 2019
Time:      2.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue:    Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park
Address:  16 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329982
Fee        :  Free of Charge

Seats will be given to the first 100 participants who register on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The registration will end when all seats are filled.

The event details are attached for your reference.

Who should attend:

Nurses, social workers, paediatricians, all training registrars and caregivers.

Introduction To Mindfulness In Palliative Care- ASPAC (Malaysia)

Disclaimer: This course is not organised by the APHN

Note: The workshop is suitable for all healthcare workers and volunteers 

35th LCPC-SHC Postgraduate Course in Palliative Medicine

 

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care CTC3 Training Programme – India

Report on Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care CTC3 training programme – India, 12 to 16 January 2019

Written by: Ms Joyce Chee, Assistant Manager, APHN

The 5-day Foundation Course of the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care 3rd Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) training programme in India was conducted from 12 to 16 January 2019, at Lemon Tree Premier Aerocity Hotel in New Delhi, India. The course was taught by a 15 member team consisting of Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, Dr Cynthia Goh, Dr Jeremy Johnson, Dr Naveen Salins, Dr Charu Singh, Dr Anjum Joad, Dr Seema Rao, Dr Roopesh Jain, Dr Savita Butola, Ms Nileema Shingade, Dr Santosh Chaturvedi, Dr Shalini Singh and Ms Neetu S Mahajan.

A total of 45 participants from the following 12 CTCs were specially selected for the programme

1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar
2. AIIMS, Raipur
3. AIIMS Bhopal
4. Balco Medical Center
5. Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Jammu
6. Government Medical College Srinagar
7. Kota Cancer Hospital Research Centre
8. Mahavir Cancer Sansthan & Research Centre, Patna
9. Rabindra Nath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur
10. Saheed Hasan Khan Mewati Government Medical College (SHKM GMC), Harayana
11. Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Medical College, Jaipur
12. Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS)

Each team of CTC consists of 3 to 4 doctors and nurses. The aim of this programme is to for each team to start palliative care services back at their CTCs after the training programme, so that these CTCs can grow to become the centre of excellence for palliative care. This foundation course marks the beginning of the journey for them.

Throughout the 5 days, participants learned the fundamental knowledge of palliative care through interactive discussions, small group role plays, and large group teachings. All participants left written comments that they will spread awareness, introduce and improve on palliative care in their hospitals. They were all very willing to speak to the administration to improve on resources provided, involve all clinical departments in sensitisation on palliative care and educate their colleagues and patients about it. They have also acquired an in-depth understanding of the concept of palliative care and will use it in their clinical practices.

Overall, the foundation course was successfully conducted and feedback was well received. The CTC teams will move on to start a week of clinical attachments at AIIMS, New Delhi from February to May.

Here are some pictures of the training course:

Teambuilding session – Making the tallest giraffe

Small group role play – Breaking bed news

Final Day group photo

 

Palliative Care Course for Pharmacists (Advanced Curriculum)

REGISTER NOW FOR AN UPCOMING COURSE!

Palliative Care Course for Pharmacists (Advanced Curriculum)
25 Feb – 22 May 2019
(Online registration may close earlier when maximum intake capacity has been reached)

WHPCD 2018 Event at Hospice Klang

Hospice Klang shared with us their video of their WHPCD event on 13th October 2018, where patients were invited to speak about their needs and prominent people in the community were invited to listen.