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