Barry Ashpole’s Media Watch (#478)

Barry Ashpole Media Watch

The latest issue of Media Watch, compiled and annotated by Barry R. Ashpole (Ontario, Canada) can now be downloaded here. More reports can be found at IPCRC.NET

Articles from Asia Pacific Region:

Australia (Tasmania) – Push to keep palliative care education program to help Tasmanians die at home

AUSTRALIA (Tasmania) | ABC News (Hobart) – 30 August 2016 – More than 700 people have signed a petition to pressure the Federal Government into continuing to fund a Tasmanian education program about dying at home. While Palliative Care Tasmania prepares to wind down the program when its funding runs out at the end of September, the lobby to prevent its demise is gaining momentum. The peak body secured $2.3 million in mid-2012 under Tasmania’s $325 million health funding package, but the Government has decided not to renew its funding. The head of the Council of the Ageing in Tasmania, Sue Leitch, said the Better Access to Palliative Care Program was invaluable in demystifying the reality of caring for relatives who wanted to die at home, rather than in acute care wards.

Article highlighted to be of particular interest:

Supporting the grieving child and family

PEDIATRICS | Online – 29 August 2016 – This clinical report offers practical suggestions on how to talk with grieving children to help them better understand what has happened and its implications and to address any misinformation, misinterpretations, or misconceptions. An understanding of guilt, shame, and other common reactions, as well an appreciation of the role of secondary losses and the unique challenges facing children in communities characterized by chronic trauma and cumulative loss, will help the pediatrician to address factors that may impair grieving and children’s adjustment and to identify complicated mourning and situations when professional counseling is indicated. Advice on how to support children’s participation in funerals and other memorial services and to anticipate and address grief triggers and anniversary reactions is provided so that pediatricians are in a better position to advise caregivers and to offer consultation to schools, early education and child care facilities, and other child congregate care sites. Pediatricians often enter their profession out of a profound desire to minimize the suffering of children and may find it personally challenging when they find themselves in situations in which they are asked to bear witness to the distress of children who are acutely grieving.

Published on: 9 October, 2016 | Last modified: 9 October, 2016