World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 1 September 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Baystate Health gets $2.5 million grant ‘to transform how we care for older people’

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.

Flinders Medical Centre to get 15 beds for palliative care service to replace Repat

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.

New trial to help people with incurable brain conditions being piloted in Nottingham

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.

Cross-border hospice care for youths mooted

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.

Arohanui Hospice welcomes review

New Zealand – Manawatu Standard

Palmerston North’s Arohanui Hospice is welcoming a wide-ranging review of palliative care services.

Coalition aiming to support, strengthen children’s palliative care

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.

Let’s talk about living and dying well, today

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.

Leadership reflections from a hospice chief executive

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.

Make assisted suicide an election issue: Editorial

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.

Anyone for tea and sympathy? Death cafes embrace last taboo

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?

Dealing with death in a busy hospital

ehospice Ireland

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.

Is hospice use alone a good indicator of quality of end of life care?

ehospice USA

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.

Choice at end of life has to be improved – the government must act now

ehospice UK

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.

Deadline soon approaching for palliative care small grants in Africa

ehospice Africa

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.