The International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC) serves as a platform for palliative care advocacy education, as stated in its mission. In November, the IAHPC launched the first of two online courses, freely available to members.
The Basic Advocacy Course offers a roadmap to national organisations embarking on palliative care advocacy. Follow this link to the IAHPC course, which describes the multilateral framework, key institutions, and meetings in which the organisation participates. A lecture on advocacy free to members and non-members alike is delivered by Dr Katherine Pettus, IAHPC’s Advocacy Officer, and is intended to give members a taste of the Basic Advocacy Course. The lecture is timed to coincide with the launch of Malaysia’s Palliative Care Policy.
An Advanced Course, to be released in 2020, and for which the IAHPC hopes to be able to offer CMEs, will highlight wins as well as challenges in palliative care advocacy. It will also lay out practical steps that national advocates can take to promote palliative care at the United Nations and in palliative care delivery at home.
The IAHPC particularly encourages institutions and national associations to share these courses with their members and hopes to offer the courses to those working in government and global health, as well as clinical students.