13th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care

EAPC201330 May to 2 June 2013 @ Prague, Czech Republic

“The 2013 congress theme is “Palliative Care – the right way forward”. The major thematic thread in the scientific program will relate to access to palliative care as a human right. The programme will discuss the gaps where this human right is not yet available, but also will discuss different models and ways to make palliative care available and accessible for everybody who needs it. This discussion touches ethical, legal, economical, medical, and social challenges which all need to be addressed…” message from the Scientific Committee Chair, Lukas Radbruch

Registration is still open. More information can be obtain from the official website here.

Palliative Care Foundation Workshop

Hospis Malaysia25 to 28 May 2013 @ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hospis Malaysia will be conducting the 4-day foundation workshop in end May 2013.  The workshop provides clinicians, senior nurses and other allied healthcare providers a general overview of palliative care.  Topics include clinical assessment, communication skills and clinical management.  The teachings are conducted in small groups with hands-on training, case studies, role plays and patient interactions.

Please visit Hospis Malaysia’s website for more details on registration and programme details.

How did you end up here?

Mel_CummingThe way in which some people end up working in the palliative care sector is often an interesting journey in itself.  ehospice caught up with Mel Cumming, Director of Cancer and Palliative Care Services in Broken Hill in outback NSW, Australia about how she came to be where she is today…more
“As much as we give to our patients, I think we learn just as much from them.” – Melissa Cumming

Palliative care in resource-limited settings


Dr Eric Krakauer, assistant professor of medicine and of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and palliative medicine specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, spoke at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center about implementing palliative care in resource limited settings.

Dr Krakauer drew on his experience training over a thousand physicians and nurses in palliative care in Vietnam to discuss how palliative care should be delivered in high and low income countries, palliative care’s perception around the world and the barriers to providing palliative care…more

IAPC meeting to discuss ‘National Palliative Care Programme and the Way Forward’

IAPC_ehospiceIn a major development in India, the government has formulated ‘Strategies for Palliative Care in India’ which is expected to be implemented in the current five year plan. With an aim to update current players in palliative care in India about the new developments and start the preparatory work, Indian Association of Palliative Care organised a meeting of palliative care organisations working in the country…more

The Need for Palliative Care in Bangladesh

Bangladesh_articlePalliative is an emerging field in Bangladesh. Dr. Zafor Md Masud and Dr. Shahinur Kabir write about the need for palliative care, as well as the progress that is being made towards the recognition of the discipline within the country.

Dying with incurable illness in poverty and pain is all too common in this sub continent as well in our country. With minimal resources shortages of health workers, national health systems in a number of South Asian countries have focused primarily on preventive, curative and maternal health services…read more at ehospice here.

IJPN Awards Ceremony 2013

APHN congratulates two of our members who had won first prize at the recent International Journal of Palliative Nursing awards ceremony.  They are:

  • Professor Hyun Sook Kim (Seoul, Korea), won 1st prize for the Educator of the year award;
  • Dr Ann Thyle (Lalitpur, India), together with her palliative care team won 1st prize for the Development award

More about the award ceremony can be read from ehospice’s website here.

Professor Hyun Sook Kim

Professor Hyun Sook Kim

Dr Ann Thyle (lady in pink) and her Palliative Care Team

Dr Ann Thyle (lady in pink) and her Palliative Care Team

Pain Management in Palliative Care Symposium 2013

Sydney_Uni4 May 2013 @ Sydney, Australia

The University of Sydney would like to invite you to attend their annual symposium focusing on pain management in palliative care.  The one day symposium will examine the experience, assessment and management of pain for people in this situation from physical, psychological and spiritual perspectives. The symposium is based on the IASP core curriculum, with expert speakers providing updates on best clinical practice and participating in case presentations.  More information can be obtained from the flyer here.