First International Conference on Youth in Palliative Care starts tomorrow

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The conference signals an unprecedented interest in palliative care by young people, particularly students, in the region.

The organisers state that: “Critical engagement with the idea of youth involvement in palliative care is timely given its scope and the expanding palliative care needs of the society.” 

As the global population ages, it is essential that young people take an interest in looking after older people and others with palliative care needs.

The aim of the conference is to: “educate, help replicate and improve the models of youth involvement in palliative care.” Student volunteers and international experts will contribute to the scientific programme to share learning and exchange ideas.

Professor David Clark has written a message to the organisers and delegates of STUDENTSPALCON2015, available on his End of Life Studies blog.

Prof Clark recalls his experience of a visit to India and the enthusiasm and activity of the young people there, and notes that, although there are individual initiatives in the UK, the movement of youth in palliative care is in its infancy compared to the situation in India. 

He says: “This inspirational  first conference will I am sure be a landmark in our thinking about the potential for young people to engage with the global challenge of providing culturally appropriate and sustainable palliative care to all who can benefit from it.”

Find out more about the conference online

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