World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 11 April 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Spirituality and self-care in palliative care practice

US − Palliverse

Dr David Brumley is a palliative care specialist with extensive experience working in regional Victoria and across South East Asia. Here he reflects on the importance of spirituality and self care in palliative care practice.

Cambridge University study highlights why we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about death

 UK – Cambridge News

The study found older people are often willing to discuss death, but only did so with carers and medical staff

The Need for Better Palliative Care

Canada – 680 CJOB

Palliative care is something that will impact most of us in one fashion or another yet we still have a long way to go when it comes to providing decent end of life care.

Palliative care nurse on caring for the dying

Canada – My Toba

Katherine Cullihall has been caring for patients in palliative care since 1986. Her 30 years of experience has equipped her with the wealth of knowledge needed for her research role with the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit. Through her work with the CancerCare Manitoba unit, she helps improve the quality of life and ease the suffering of people with life-limiting illnesses, and see them and their families through the many psychosocial challenges that accompany the end of life.

Assisted suicide targets the poor and underinsured, opponents argue

US − Angelus

On June 9, the state of California’s new assisted suicide law will take effect. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, but could only be implemented 91 days after the state legislature ended its special session on healthcare.

 

Palliative care and physician-hastened death: Whose role it is anyway?

Canada – Vancouver Sun

Last week, a B.C. woman suffering from multiple sclerosis became the first person in the province to be granted a legal exemption for physician-hastened death. This case illustrates a need for clarity on who will help patients end their lives in our province.

A letter to the parents no one wants to talk about

ehospice international children’s edition

Today recently published a moving letter by Dr Karen Johnson from Texas Children’s Hospital to all parents that have lost a baby.

“Hospice does not always equal death” – Neil McDonald CEO of Khanya Hospice

ehospice South Africa

In continuation with our #HospiceVisits drive we are now in the second week of publishing the amazing success stories, moments and facts we have been able to gather during our three day trip in Durban. This week the focus is on Khanya Hospice.

Hospice care for all: how we are reaching out to our local community

ehospice UK

Chris Cheeseman, spiritual care coordinator at Pendleside Hospice, shares how the hospice has been reaching out to the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in East Lancashire.

National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, is approaching

ehospice USA

It’s less than a week until National Healthcare Decisions Day, a national day of outreach and education focused on advance care planning and hospice and palliative care providers are encouraged to participate.