Communication – Paediatric Longitudinal Assessment of Needs (PLAN)

content%202%20-%20jul%20forum1From Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Newsletter

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.

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.


Handling Death Anxiety in the care of patients receiving palliative care

From LCPC Newsletter

Dr Lee Geok Ling, Assistant Professor with Department of Social Work in NUS, was the speaker for the SHC-LCPC Multidisciplinary Forum on 30 August 2016. She is also registered with the Singapore Association of Social Workers and a certified member of thanatology.

Death anxiety (DA) is the state in which an individual experiences apprehension, worry or fear related to death & dying (Carpenito-Moyet, 2008, p. 39). The most common form of DA, also the least level, is fear of death. Not only does it affect the patients, it could affect their caregivers and healthcare providers.

It is predicted that older adults living in institutional settings, seriously ill or low in “ego integrity” have higher DA, whereas hospice patients who enjoyed social support are predicted to have low DA. The forum ended with Dr Lee stressing on the importance of assessing DA in individuals with psychological distress and behavioural problems. She concluded by reminding healthcare providers to assess their own DA when facing death, pain or suffering in their clinical practice.

Read the full article here.

APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Pain and Symptom Management

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop


Workshop facilitators:

Associate Professor Dr Ghauri Aggarwal, (Australia) 
Dr Jan Marie Davis (Australia)

One of the objectives of palliative care for patients and their families is to improve their quality of life (QOL). Ensuring good pain and symptoms control for patients with life-limiting illness will help achieve this objective. This three-day workshop deals with aspects of both pharmacological and psychological issues on pain and symptom management so that patients with life-limiting illness are given the opportunity to live out their days with meaning and with as little distress as possible.

Thus, successful pain control requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that addresses all aspects of care and suffering. As usual, our workshop concentrates on small group settings and will be most beneficial to healthcare providers working in a palliative or oncology setting, and other related specialties, with a general interest in palliative care.

Sign up for the workshop at this link now!

Award for Palliative Care Leadership Programmes – Institutions from all over the world are welcome to apply


Dear friends,

Please help to share!

The European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA), in collaboration with the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), has developed the award. They  are looking for leadership capacity-building programmes worldwide that are striving to develop palliative care at a time when it is needed most. These initiatives could take place in your hospice, hospital or other palliative care institution.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony during the 15th EAPC World Congress, Madrid 2017. A representative of the winning institution will receive registration, accommodation and travel costs to attend the conference and ceremony.

Click here to apply today!

Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2016

Palliative Nursing Leadership Course and International Conference for Cancer Nurses to be held in Hong Kong, September 2016

ICCN 2016

The International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2016 will be held from September 4-7, 2016 at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong, China!

ICCN is the longest running international conference for our profession and offers a unique opportunity to meet with international cancer nursing leaders from around the world, in one place, at one time.

The theme for ICCN 2016 is ‘Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care‘. Visit the conference website for more information today!

Palliative Nursing Leadership Course to Be Held In Hong Kong

A two-day palliative nursing leadership course is scheduled for September 2-3, 2016 in Hong Kong. This course will be held prior to the conference.  Palliative care nurses throughout Asia are encouraged to attend this course.  “While education is vital to improve palliative care worldwide, encouraging and teaching prospective nursing leaders in moving this care forward is critical,” stated Betty Ferrell, Principal Investigator of ELNEC.  “Nursing leaders are needed to not only promote excellent palliative care, but to sustain it, too.”  Further information, including registration, agenda, and FAQs can be found here.

APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Suffering and Hope


It is inevitable that despite the best of advanced medical interventions, most patients succumb to their life-limiting illness. The burden of suffering may cause despair to patients and their families.

This three (3) day workshop, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Hospice Pallaitive Care Network, addresses how to deal with issues of suffering as many may not know how to give hope when all curative treatment becomes futile. It is most suitable for doctors, senior clinicians, nurses, psychologists, counsellors and especially those involved in making crucial decisions when the transitions from cure, to prolonging survival and palliation becomes the aim of holistic patient-centred care.

Workshop facilitators:
Dr Sue Marsden, New Zealand, Palliative Care Consultant 
(with a background in radiation oncology)
Liese Groot-Alberts, New Zealand , Professional Grief Therapist

Sign up for the workshop at this link now!

APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Communication Skills

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop

Dear Doctors, Nurses and fellow healthcare professionals,


We would like to invite participants to our 2-days Communication Workshop which will be conducted from 28 – 29 May 2016.

Of the critical skills required in palliative care, none is important than the ability to communicate effectively and without it, little else is possible. Unfortunately, it tends to be taken for granted and at the same time, it’s an area that is challenging educationally.

Effective communication skills is absolutely necessary in providing palliative care that is well planned and delivered through the collaborative efforts of many people including the patient, their care givers (family and friends) and service providers. It fosters trustful relationship as well as a healing experience for managing daily life.

Communication skills can be learnt and this workshop deals with the mechanics of communication that ranges from issues, techniques and practical sessions when dealing with patients with life-limiting illness and their families.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Rebecca Coles-Gale, Clinical & Health Psychologist from the United Kingdom together with Dr Sylvia McCarthy from Hospis Malaysia. This workshop will focus on highly interactive role plays, problem-based learning and case studies in small group settings.

It is conducted in English, all participants will be expected to communicate and interact during the workshop. Doctors and nurses will benefit most as the most difficult areas are encountered during clinical consultations.

Registration for workshop can be made here.

Thank You.

Yours sincerely

Dr Ednin Hamzah

APHN Dialog Session 3: Management of Cancer Wound

APHN dialog 3 - Management of Cancer Wound

Our 3rd and LAST dialog session will be held on 30 March 2016, from 5 – 6pm (GMT+8). We are honored to have Assoc Prof Edward Poon from Singapore to present on the topic, “Management of Cancer Wound”.

About the speaker

Assoc Prof Edward Poon is a recognized clinical leader, educator and researcher in palliative care nursing in Singapore. He has 17 years of experience working in the field of palliative care. During this time, he has helped to set up palliative care teams, the caregiver training centre and the programme to teach and support the caregiver. He has presented numerous research articles at local and international conferences. He was also awarded the prestigious President Nurses Award and the Healthcare Humanity award for his contribution. Currently, he chairs the Palliative Care Nurses Chapter, which supports palliative care nursing research, education, practice and administration at a national level. Besides being an advocate in palliative care, he also conducts education courses in palliative care. He is currently the Chief Nurse at Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, where he setup the palliative care team and the transitional home care team.

You may read more about him at his LinkedIn page.

Sign up TODAY!

This last session of the APHN dialog is something that you SHOULD NOT MISS! Join us in the discussion with the enthusiastic and dynamic nursing administrator by signing up today! We strongly encourage our medical and nursing colleagues from the region to participate in this regional event. Meet your colleagues from overseas, exchange knowledge, and learn from each other on management of cancer wound. THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR YOU TO JOIN US!

Please send an email to Joyce at with your name, country, occupation and place of work. You will receive a confirmation email from us with details on how to join the online discussion once you are registered!




32nd Singapore Hospice Council Postgraduate Course in Palliative Medicine

11021632nd Singapore Hospice Council Postgraduate Course in Palliative Medicine will be held on 20-22 Apr 2016 (Wed-Fri, 3 days).

Course Description & Objectives

This course is a foundation course in the principles and practice of palliative medicine which is applicable to all fields of medicine.

The objective is to increase professional confidence and competence in the management of patients with terminal illness. Course participants would also have opportunities to personally assess patients and to discuss the most appropriate management strategies with palliative care physicians and other specialists in the field.

Who Should Attend?

Any doctor who is interested to learn about palliative care is welcome to attend this course. Priority will be given to local physicians working in the related fields.

Venue and Fee

Venue:  HCA Hospice Care, Level 3, Auditorium

12 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308437

Fee:      S$400 (for early bird registration before 1 Mar 2016 and for FAMS & SMA members at all times) / S$500 (for registration from 1 Mar 2016 onwards)

Online Registration and payment

Please click here for the online registration and payment from 4 Feb to 31 Mar 2016. Registration may close earlier without prior notice once the max intake capacity is reached. E-receipt will be generated upon successful credit/debit card payment (please print your receipt before closing the browser window).

For enquiries, please contact Michelle or Grace via the aphn email at

APHN Dialog #2 – Pain control in Palliative Care

APHN dialog poster_2

Dear friends, our 2nd dialog session is coming up so mark your calendars!! The dialog will be held on 24 February 2016, from 5 – 6pm. We are honored to have Prof Yoshiyuki Kizawa from Japan to present on the topic, “Pain control in Palliative Care”.

About the speaker

Professor Kizawa is a very experienced palliative care physician and lecturer from Japan. Besides being the designated Professor in the Department of Palliative Medicine at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, he is also the Director and Chair of the Department of Palliative Medicine at Kobe University Hospital, Director of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine and the Council Member of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN). He has more than 50 research publications on palliative care in many journals including the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management,  Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology, The American journal of hospice & palliative care, BMC Palliative Care, Palliative Medicine, just to name a few.

We believe that this session will be an enriching experience for participants to learn about the current status of cancer pain control in Japan and its education and participate in the discussion of quality indicators for pain control at hospital level and national level.

Details on how to sign up

The APHN dialog will be a one hour session, 5pm – 6pm (GMT +8) taking place every month, with a guest presenter presenting on a specific topic. The first session of the APHN dialog, a discussion of palliative care service development in Asia Pacific, was held on 27 January, with Prof Odette Spruyt as our first speaker. There were many salient points of discussion during the 1-hour session, and participants took back many learning points.

We strongly encourage all colleagues to sign up as a participant for the 2nd dialog session! For this session, the APHN will be recruiting 15 participants from the Asia Pacific region. Please send an email to Joyce at with your name, country, occupation and place of work.

Participants will receive materials prepared by the speakers before the presentation for learning and discussion. At the end of the presentation, there will also be a question and answer session.

To read more about the APHN dialog project, click here. Please also visit the event page for more updates!

Refresher course on Palliative Care in Jaipur, India

120115Dr Anjum Joad has updated us that there will be a refresher course on palliative care in Jaipur planned, together with Pallium India.

Dr Mhoira is course director. The 3 day refresher course will take place from 16 –  18 February, 2016.

The topics covered will include

  • advanced communication
  • conflict resolution
  • end of life
  • paediatric pall care
  • anorexia, cachexia,fatigue
  • legal issues
  • prognostication
  • difficult patients

The fees of the course will be Rs 1000.

Interested participants may email for registration details and more information.