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APHN-Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshops: Clinical Ethics In Palliative Care

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop


Much of the issues involved in medical ethics revolve around the issue of illness and the preservation of life. As Palliative Care deals with patients and families at the transitions of care, issues surrounding medical ethics become more common. There is increasing public discussion in areas such as withholding and withdrawal of treatment, mental capacity, medical futility and physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. Those involved in palliative care should be aware of both ethical issues as well as the clinical evidence that should guide their practice. This workshop deals with many of the ethical issues in palliative care mainly through case discussions.

For further enquiries, kindly contact Wai Mun via telephone: +61-03 9133 3936 (extension 267) or email

APHN Bursary for APHC 2017

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Dear APHN members

Greetings to you all!

The APHN will be offering 4 bursaries for members to attend the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Singapore on 26th April to 29th July 2017.

Each successful applicant will receive support of up to SGD 1,100 which is meant to help the cost of the conference registration, travel and accommodation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current individual member of APHN
  • Application is supported by 2 other APHN members
  • Must have an accepted abstract for the APHC
  • Must submit a report on the benefits of attendance within 3 months after attending APHC

Preference will be given to applicants who

    • Work in a palliative care service
    • Are from developing countries
    • Have not received sponsorship for attending regional and international palliative care conferences

Applications must be submitted online here by the application deadline 31 March 2017.

The successful applicant will be notified by email. The disbursement of monies by the APHN Secretariat will be on a reimbursement basis on receipt of original receipts and/or invoices.

LCPC-APHC-SHC Workshops 2017

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Dear colleagues

LCPC will be hosting two conference workshops during the APHC 2017 in July. Registrations are opened now!

33rd SHC-LCPC Postgraduate Course in Palliative Medicine

33 SHC-LCPCThe SHC-LCPC postgraduate course in palliative care is back this year!

Taking place on 26-28 April 2017, this 3-day foundation course is designed for doctors across all settings and covers basic principles and practices of palliative medicine. Read more about this course here. Registration opens today and will end 5 April 2017.

SHC-LCPC Forum – Deprescribing in Palliative Care



APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Palliative Care Nursing

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop


It is crucial that healthcare providers involved in palliative care services possess the necessary skill and knowledge to ensure that holistic patient-centred care is never compromised. Palliative nursing care kick starts our first module of our palliative care workshops every year.

This 2-day workshop addresses topics on patient assessment, wound management, use of syringe driver, communication and the entire spectrum of patient care which is vital towards ensuring patients receive the due care they need in their place of care.

For further information, please contact Wai Mun at 03 – 9133 3936 (ext: 267) or email

Korean Society for Hospice and Palliative Care Winter Conference 2016


The Korean Society for Hospice and Palliative Care will be organising their annual winter conference on 3 Dec 2016! Some of the exciting topics covered include:

  • Perception of ‘Good death’ in South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan
  • Palliative care for non-cancer population in Japan
  • The trend of renal supportive care consensus in Taiwan
  • Palliative care for People Living with HIV/AIDS
  • How  can  we  treat  BTcP  patients  better?
  • Developing  Hospice  and  Palliative care for  children  system  in  Korea
  • Practice of Advanced directives/ POLST
  • Home Hospice care and home care long term care insurance for elderly
  • Spiritual care and logotherapy in Hospice and Palliative care
  • Vitalizing  social  worker’s  field  in  hospice palliative care

Share with us which topic interest you the most!


APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Grief & Bereavement Care

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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 caregivers while at the same time being aware of the process of grief and own self-awareness issues.

This two day intense workshop concludes our final series of palliative care workshops for 2016. It is designed to facilitate the process of adaptation to loss and greatly relieve suffering within the critical care setting by focussing on end-of life needs.

The facilitators are
–Associate Professor Amy Chow (Dept. of Social Work & Social Administration,The University of Hong Kong)
–Dr. Gilbert K. T. Fan (Head, Department of Psychosocial Oncology / Co-Chair, Patient Support, National Cancer Centre Singapore)

APHN members get a discount! SIGN UP TODAY!

Registration submission can be made either online at , emailed to: or faxed to: 603 9133 3941. For further enquiries, kindly contact Ms. Yap Wai Mun at telephone: 03 9133 3936.

Communication – Paediatric Longitudinal Assessment of Needs (PLAN)

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The Paediatric Longitudinal Assessment of Needs (PLAN) framework, designed and used by the team to facilitate interdisciplinary communication during meetings, was presented at the monthly SHC-LCPC multidisciplinary forum. Mr Desmond Tan, a medical social worker, and Ms Li Kejia Lily, a registered nurse, both are part of the multidisciplinary team at home based Star PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) programme at HCA.

There were five dimensions the team needed to assess.

  1. Physical and nursing care where diet and symptoms needed to be managed.
  2.  Practical and financial aspects such as the equipment loans and financial assistance.
  3. Spirituality for existential issues.
  4. Family and social aspects such as getting community and bereavement support.
  5. Handling grief, including negative emotions

Read the full article here.

Paediatric Palliative Care workshop at Hospis Malaysia

From eHospice

Participants from Malaysia and Singapore attended the 5th annual paediatric palliative care workshop by Hospis Malayia, in Kuala Lumpur. Facilitators, Dr Ross Drake and Prof Julia Downing, covered topics including assessment, pain and symptom management, challenging communication, palliative care for adolescents, ethics, decision making and end-of-life care and bereavement.

The small group breakout session in the morning encouraged discussions and reflections on how health professionals impact the suffering of the children and families being cared for. Participants also shared personal experiences and discussed ways to improve the care they provide and ensure the children and their families can access quality palliative care services. The workshop moved on to look at advanced issues, with four case studies brought forth for discussion, on the third day. Issues on advanced care planning, home ventilation and various ethical dilemmas, such as withdrawing or withholding treatment and supporting parents taking their children home to die, were discussed. Participants were also given the opportunity to role play in different scenarios, trying out different options. The role of social media in palliative care was also discussed, exploring issues regarding negative comments by the family on social media and application of trial treatment found on the internet.

In the afternoon, participants looked at integrating research and evidence-based practice into clinical practice in children’s palliative care. Expert opinion, systematic reviews and meta-analysis were among the different types of evidence discussed. Getting the research question right is the driving force behind research, and is as important as obtaining the answer. Thus, participants followed the “Feasible, Interesting and Innovative, Novel, Ethical and Relevant” (FINER) approach in formulating their hypothesis.

Through the workshop, participants felt it was a great opportunity to learn, network and share experiences and they were appreciative of the input from one another.

Read the full article here.

Free palliative care online training helping people live well with chronic illness

From CareSearch Newsletter

Palliative Care has become widely recognised as one of the most vital disciplines in Australian health, with ageing population and increasingly effective medical treatments bringing about longer final care stages of life. AHHA’s (Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association) free Palliative Care Online training portal offers free online training in six modules to health professionals and carers-givers. The training provides those working in end-of-life and chronic disease care with a great opportunity to ensure their clients are kept as comfortable and happy as possible at the end-of-life.

The first four modules cover topics including a palliative approach to care, planning and assessment, providing care, and delivering a palliative approach for aged care in the community setting. Two new modules have been also been developed which delve into pain management and recognising deteriorating clients.

In addition to the six modules, the online training portal also houses a resource library and participant forum, as part of AHHA’s ongoing commitment to delivering state-of-the art training for those working in the health sector.

Read the full article here.

To access the free palliative care online training, click here.