World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 1 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

New smartphone app helps guide GPs in providing palliative care to patients

Australia – ABC

A new smartphone app aimed at helping GPs provide palliative care to patients has been created with the help of researchers from Adelaide’s Flinders University.

‘Many oncology medications on the market offer little help’

Israel – Jerusalem Post

A leading Jerusalem oncologist and palliative medicine expert has initiated the development of a tool to help cancer physicians evaluate the most effective anti-cancer medications.

Palliative care doctors mixed on CMA assisted suicide policy shift


The decision by the California Medical Association to drop its decades-old opposition to physician-assisted suicide and adopt a neutral position has sparked mixed reactions from palliative care doctors, who work closely with seriously ill and dying patients.

Docs require more palliative care training: report

Canada – Northern Life

For the vast majority of physicians who provide palliative medicine services, it is not their primary field of practice, says a new national survey by the Canadian Medical Association.

Neno hospital intensifies end of life care campaign

Malawi – Nyasa Times

Neno District Hospital, in partnership with Partners in Health, has engaged extra gear in its efforts to make sure that people suffering from life-threatening illnesses are well supported and their death is dignified through palliative care.

Calculating the global need for children’s palliative care

ehospice International Children’s

Recent research calculates that more than 21 million children would benefit from palliative care but less than 1% of these children are able to access services. At the side event on children’s palliative care during the 68th World Health Assembly, Joan Marston presented on the global need for children’s palliative care.

Cape Town: New pharmacy opens at correctional facility

ehospice South Africa

The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) was privileged to be invited to attend the opening of the new Pharmacy at Goodwood Correctional Facility in Cape Town, South Africa on the 28th May 2015.

Two health care trailblazers honoured

ehospice USA

HealthCare Chaplaincy honored Richard Payne, M.D. and Larry Vandecreek, D.Min. for outstanding leadership in health care on May 12, 2105.