APHN starts online education pilot project

APHN Dialog
From left: Ms Joyce Chee, Dr Ednin Hamzah, Prof Ying-Wei Wang

Starting 2016, the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) will run a series of online presentations on various palliative care topics as part of a pilot project.

This project, called the APHN dialog, is a pilot education project which aims to bring together palliative care workers in Asia Pacific to exchange ideas and knowledge. Using an online video platform, participants only have to download an application on their computer or mobile phones to join in the discussions.

Convinced of the importance and benefits of an inter-country exchange and learning, Professor Ying-Wei Wang (Chief, Heart Lotus Hospice, Tzu Chi Hospital, Taiwan) proposed this model of learning as an a new education initiative for the APHN.

He leads the project team which comprises of experts in the field of palliative care, IT, and education among many others.  They have all volunteered their time and expertise to make the APHN dialog possible.

The project team

(Lead) Professor Ying-Wei Wang – Chief, Heart Lotus Hospice, Tzu Chi Hospital, Taiwan

(Chair, APHN Education Committee) Dr Ednin Hamzah – CEO / Medical Director, Hospis Malaysia

Dr Raymond Woo – Palliative Medicine Specialist and Associate Consultant from Caritas Medical Centre, Hong Kong

A/Prof Brian Le – Director, Palliative and Supportive Care, The Royal Melbourne Hospital – City Campus, Australia

Dr Sylvia McCarthy – Deputy Medical Director, Hospis Malaysia

Dr Gwen Soh – National Cancer Centre, Singapore

Dr Elissa Campbell – Palliverse, Australia

Dr Lee Chee Chan – Malaysian Hospice Council

Ms Manisha Mittal – Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Singapore

Mr John Harberecht – Director of Learning and Development, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Mr Ti-Chuang (Timothy) Chiang – Medical Informatics Division, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University

Presenters for January and February

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.

Date: 27 January 2016
Topic: A discussion of palliative care service development in Asia Pacific
Speaker: Associate Professor Odette SPRUYT (Australia)

Director, Department of Pain and Palliative Care, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre; Founder and Exec Member, Australasian Palliative Link International

Date: 24 February 2016
Topic: Pain control in palliative care
Speaker: Professor Yoshiyuki KIZAWA (Japan)

Department of Palliative Medicine, Kobe University, Graduate School of Medicine; Director, Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine

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.

For this pilot project, the APHN will be recruiting 15 participants from the Asia Pacific region. To sign up as a participant, please send an email to Joyce at [email protected] with your name, country, occupation and place of work.