US – MassLive
Baystate Health is the recipient of $2.5 million federal grant to give health care providers more training in the medical needs of older adults through a regional project that will integrate palliative and geriatric care.
Australia – ABC News
Palliative care services at Adelaide’s soon to be closed Repatriation General Hospital are to be shifted to the Flinders Medical Centre.
UK – Nottingham Post
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – which runs the Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospital – wants to see if people with conditions like motor neurone disease can be given the same kind of palliative care as cancer patients.
Irish Medical Times
The Department of Health (DoH) is in consultation with the HSE regarding the scope that may exist for cross-border hospice care for children with life-limiting and terminal conditions. New arrangements will have to be agreed by the relevant authorities in Northern Ireland, the DoH has said.
New Zealand – Manawatu Standard
Palmerston North’s Arohanui Hospice is welcoming a wide-ranging review of palliative care services.
US – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Formed in 2012 and based in a space donated by the church, the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition aims to help those caring for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Singapore – Straits Times
People should talk to loved ones in advance about how they want to die. Such conversations are always too early – until one day when they might be too late.
UK – Civil Society (subscription required)
David Praill, former chief executive at Hospice UK, shares the leadership lessons he has learned over two decades working at the heart of the hospice movement.
Canada – Toronto Star
It’s a life-and-death issue, with the potential to affect any Canadian adult. And it must be addressed within a matter of months by the next government in Ottawa. Given those stakes, and that timing, one would expect physician-assisted suicide to garner considerable attention in the federal election campaign.
UK – The Observer
Attitudes towards dying are shifting – and there’s even an Ideal Death Show coming up. What’s behind the emergence of a new spirit of openness?
The first time Celine Deane speaks to a family with whom she’ll work for many months is just after the family has heard a post mortem is to be carried out on their recently-deceased loved one.
In a study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, US researchers examine variations in the timing and duration of hospice enrolment and their implications.
One of the more notable shifts in recent times when it comes to caring for people at the end of life is a growing recognition that a more personalised model of care needs to be adopted.
The deadline for applications to The True Colours Trust small grants programme is Thursday 3 September. Funding priorities include medicine, equipment, capital improvements, rural palliative care development, children’s palliative care, and training.