Chinese ePall Book launched!

Dear friends,

The Chinese ePall Book has finally been launched at 

This eBook has been created by practicing palliative care doctors and nurses in Singapore and has now been translated into simplified Chinese.  The content is most appropriate for doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals who encounter patients with palliative care needs in their practice.

We hope you will find this resource useful!


Thank you

Presentations available for download from 5th International African Palliative Care Conference


Download the presentations from the 5th International African Palliative Care Conference, hosted in Kampala, Uganda from 16-19 August today! It is FREE!

The conference programme is available here, with access to corresponding presenter Powerpoints and video presentations, outlined below:

From ehospice


WHO releases new guidance for Planning and Implementing Palliative Care Services

From eHospice


The World Health Organization in Geneva has just released a 91-page guide to help countries wishing to develop palliative care services.

The guide is titled “Planning and Implementing Palliative Care Services: A guide for program managers”. It is developed is in response to the passage of the World Health Assembly resolution on palliative care in 2014. Useful resources inside includes:

  • An overview of palliative care services
  • A guide to establishing palliative care services in various settings
  • The necessary components of a comprehensive approach to palliative care
  • Many resources and tools and
  • A number of useful appendices on medicines, equipment and supplies, and sample curricula for volunteers, medical doctors, and clinical officers

Read here for the full article.

The guide can be downloaded from the WHO website at:

New tool to create custom opioid consumption graphs

This article originally appeared in ehospice

The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) is excited to announce the addition of a new tool on their website to explore opioid consumption data and updated global, regional, and national consumption data for fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone and pethidine. This new tool, custom consumption graphs for opioid medicines, allows users to select, customise and create charts of the opioid consumption data and download them as either an image file (png) or a PDF for use in presentations or publications.

This new tool has become a part of a collection of tools on the PPSG website which can be used to interactively explore these data:

  • an interactive global map allows users to select the opioid medicine and year (1964 – most recent) to display, providing an immediate visual image of the variation in consumption of opioids throughout the world, and
  • an interactive opioid consumption chart allows users to explore the relationship between opioid consumption trends for a particular country and other country characteristics such as the Human Development Index

You can explore these data by creating three types of charts and selecting the countries, regions, medicines, years, etc. in which you are interested.

Cataloguing the archives of Dame Cicely Saunders (1918-2005)


Dear friends

Please help to share a new e-resource link, Dr Dame Saunders’ online archives, to be added to APHN’s resource page under “Publications”!

To mark what would have been Dame Cicely Saunders’ 98th birthday, archivist Chris Olver writes for ehospice about a recent project he led to catalogue Dame Saunders’ archives, which are housed at King’s College London.

The project began in January 2015 with a survey of the three accessions of Saunders’ papers deposited at King’s between 2006 and 2009. The main task was refining the existing box lists and working out an arrangement for the overall collection.

The catalogue can be viewed on the King’s College London website. It contains correspondence, notes, reports, research data, diaries, photographs and artefacts relating to the life and work of Dame Cicely Saunders from 1918-2005. It includes case notes, correspondence, research data, interview transcripts, history of the hospice movement, notes and drafts for lectures, talks, as well as recordings of talks and interviews by Saunders…read more

This article originally appeared in ehospice

Tea time worthy articles for reading and discussion


Dear friends,

We will like to share with you some good reads that we have picked up last week. Do take a look at them!

Assessing and managing chronic breathlessness by Prof David Currow (Australia)

How can Australia improve palliative care? – Interview with Dr Jane Philips, Professor of Palliative Nursing and Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the University of Technology Sydney

What complicated grief feels like – Columbia School of Social Work, New York

A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying – From NY times

If you come across any articles that are good reads, please also share them with us by email to Joyce at!

A useful resource for educators in palliative care


Download the educator toolkit here!

The aim of this tool kit is to provide healthcare educators with practical resources and teaching tips to conduct Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM•EI) Education Grand Rounds (EGR). EGR is a series of talks for healthcare educators and learners to engage in inter-professional learning and exchange of ideas and best practices in education, promoting a vibrant learning environment that leads to better patient care. It is part of AM•EI educational activities that aim to effectively provide exposure to topics, ideas and skills in education to the SingHealth community (Singapore).

Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, Hong Kong Sponsorship for Overseas Palliative Care Training

SPHCAim: The sponsorship is open to medical practitioners, allied healthcare professionals, and others to engage in training aboard in order to obtain skills, knowledge and experience in palliative care for enhancement of the quality of end-of-life care in Hong Kong

Eligible Applicants: Healthcare professionals who work in a palliative care setting or who are interested in integrating palliative care into their practice are welcome to apply.  They can be doctors, nurses, medical social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, counselors and other members from any disciplines in the service model of holistic end-of-life care.

Deadline: 31 January 2016

Download: 2015-Overseas-Sponsorship-Application-Guideline

Download: 2015-Overseas-Sponsorship-Application-Form

For enquiry:

Tel︰2868-1211 / 2230-9128

Fax︰2530 3290



Contact︰Ms. Betty Fung

Report released on palliative care and the Global Goal for Health: Right, Smart, Overdue


This article originally appeared in ehospice

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, and the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) have released a report ahead of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day (12 December), entitled: ‘Palliative care and the Global Goal for Health’.

The Global Goals were adopted by the leaders of 193 UN member states at the UN General Assembly in New York on 25 September 2015. They build on the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000, and consist of 17 Goals plus their accompanying targets. These Goals aim to build a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, promoting prosperity and well-being for all, protecting the environment and addressing climate change.

The Goals offer a vision for a future free from inequality, injustice, extreme poverty and climate disaster. The United Nations has identified UHC as part of the Global Goals, but more action is needed to achieve it. It is right, smart and overdue.

Palliative care is an important aspect of UHC, as well as other targets under Global Goal 3: ‘Good health & well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’, specifically those involving maternal and child mortality, communicable and non-communicable diseases, substance dependence disorder (‘narcotic drug abuse’), access to essential medications, and strengthening of the health workforce.

Health is a human right. No one should go bankrupt when they get sick. 17% of people in LMICs are pushed or pushed further into poverty by health spending. UHC reduces poverty and fuels economic growth.

Health is the foundation of sustainable development and global resilience. The United Nations has unanimously endorsed Universal Health Coverage twice, but universal action has not yet been taken, despite the fact that rich and poor countries have proven that Universal Health Coverage is possible.

Limited availability of and accessibility to palliative care globally for people living with life-threatening and life-limiting illness is a prominent example of extreme inequality and injustice. The report shows how the Global Goal for Health and accompanying targets could support a focus on improving palliative care for people with life-threatening and life-limiting illness globally and makes recommendations for inclusion of palliative care within the Global Goal for Health.

The report identifies challenges to a strong focus on palliative care as part of the Global Goals. These include a lack of political will and a global civic movement to promote it, funding challenges, lack of an indicator for monitoring palliative care, the need for integration into primary health systems, and workforce education gaps.

However, progress has been made, and the inclusion of palliative care in the Global Goals discussion, and in the World Health Assembly Resolution on palliative care presents the opportunity to work towards universal palliative care.

The report calls on global civil society, governments and UN agencies to insist that palliative care be prioritised as part of the new Global Goals. According to the report, governments must create an environment that welcomes citizen advocacy, and people must demand a voice in the local, national and global discussions and empower themselves to work towards equitable access to palliative care as part of the Global Goal for Health.

You can download the report from the WHPCA website.

Facing death – A documentary by Channel News Asia, Singapore

What do Singaporeans care about most when death is near? Faced with a terminal illness, do we seek every possible treatment and prolong dying, or do we work towards a good closure with palliative care? Filmed over half a year, this documentary tracks the end-of-life journeys of patients age 5-93. It consists of 5 episodes, focusing on each different topics in palliative care in each episode.

Episode one highlight: Parts of an interview with Asso Prof Cynthia Goh, Chair of the APHN.

Episode two highlight: Work of the paediatric palliative care home care team STARPALS with parts of an interview with Dr Chong Poh Heng, our council member.

Episode three highlight: Work of the palliative care department at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. How difficult is it for medical professionals to deliver bad news and discuss death with patients?  How do they promote quality of life for their terminally ill patients?

Episode four highlight: Interview with palliative care home care nurse Esther and Nicole. Hear what they have to say.

Episode five highlight: Patients in in-patient hospice, Dover Park Hospice

Comment from APHN member and Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Myanmar Participant, Dr Wah Wah Myint Zu: “Holistic approach of Palliative care.. Continuity of care at hospital,home or hospice … Quality of life in end of life or facing death… According to survey in SG , 77 % of patients want to die at home Most of them want to stay with family”

View the full documentary here.

WHPCA Programmes team are seeking project partners


The overall goal of the WHPCA programme team is to increase access to and availability of hospice and palliative care services, through the support of regional, national and local hospice and palliative care organisations. We support a public health approach to palliative care provision, and our strategy has two work streams;

  1. Supporting the implementation of the WHO Resolution on palliative care
  2. Capacity building to support palliative care service delivery, including for some of the most vulnerable and marginalised groups.

The WHPCA does not have its own programme funds, but we are conducting detailed research into appropriate global funding opportunities. We want to match projects to donors with the aim of increasing funding for palliative care and ultimately improving the lives of patients and their families.
We would like to hear from you about the projects and programmes you would like to run, in line with these work steams.

What you can expect from partnering with the WHPCA
If we find a match between your project and a funding opportunity, we will work with you to develop the project and submit a funding application to the relevant donor(s). During project implementation, we will provide support on project management, donor compliance, and monitoring and evaluation. We will also seek to draw lessons from project implementation and share these lessons widely with our members, and other relevant stakeholders worldwide.

If you have any questions, or would like to share your project ideas, please contact:
Kate North, Head of Programmes and Development 00 44 (0)207 520 8260
Jose de la Cruz, Fundraising and Development Manager 00 44 (0) 207 520 8259

Click here to access the Project Information Sheet.


Free “Introduction to Palliative Care” Online Course by LCPC, Singapore


Dear APHN members

The Lien Centre for Palliative Care has launched a web-based palliative care online course on “Introduction to Palliative Care”.  The course includes online lectures conducted by Singapore palliative care experts with pre and post tests included for each topic. The topics covered include Pain Management;  Management of Symptoms like Delirium, Nausea and vomiting; Spiritual, Cultural and Ethical Issues, Breaking Bad News

You can view the videos at 

If you will like to access the course materials, please email