Legal Aspects of Palliative Care – a new resource

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In 2009, the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa published the first edition of the book Legal Aspects of Palliative Care. This book has undergone a rigorous process with input from 21 co-editors and legal experts to be updated and made more user friendly.

The book also contains an entire chapter on legal rights and legal issues relevant to children and to children’s palliative care in South Africa.

Palliative care aims to improve quality of life and it should be  remembered that legal problems often trouble many adult patients. These may include who will care for the children after a parent’s death, who will inherit the family home as well as struggling to navigate application procedures for identity documents and death certificates.

The second edition of this book, published by the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa in collaboration with the Open Society Foundations, has been restructured as a training manual with step-by-step lessons for hospice and palliative care staff and legal practitioners. It has been updated with colour photos, new case studies, more resources, templates for drafting your Will & Living Will, a sidebar for extra notes, & training exercises. Hospice staff are assisted to identify legal problems & provide information or suggest referrals. Legal practitioners can also use the book to enhance their understanding of their patient’s needs. The book can be obtained or downloaded for free but prior permission from the publisher is needed to reproduce any part of this book for training and/or commercial gain.

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