World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 11 December 2015

Categories: In The Media.

In India, IASP and pain and palliative care groups look to national health ministry for action

India – International Association for the Study of Pain

As part of the IASP council’s outreach to the India chapter and other pain relief groups in the country, a group of IASP leaders and Indian pain specialists met with officials of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to discuss the country’s national pain policy.

More support needed to help New Zealanders die well

New Zealand – Scoop

Aged residential care homes need more resources to help them support the increasing number of New Zealanders dying in their care, says Simon Wallace, chief executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association.

Pat Carragher: Palliative care needed more than ever

UK – The Scotsman

Article by Dr Pat Carragherm, medical director at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), about the recent report on children in Scotland requiring palliative care.

Practicing the humanistic and holistic approach to end of life care

The ASCO Post

A conversation With B.J. Miller, MD, who came to pursue a career specialising in palliative medicine after an accident during his sophomore year at Princeton resulted in the loss of his legs below the knee and his left forearm. That experience, says Dr Miller, allows him to bring a unique perspective to his work.

As legal confusion surrounds Quebec’s assisted dying legislation, doctors told to tread carefully

Canada – National Post

With confusion surrounding the legal standing of Quebec’s assisted death legislation, the body that regulates the province’s physicians is telling its doctors to tread carefully.

Japanese monks take part in ‘funeral contest’ at death exhibition

Japan – The Telegraph

Japanese Buddhist monks took part in a “talent” contest this week, showcasing the nation’s best sutra chanting, funeral sermons and karate chopping skills. The unusual contest took place at a Tokyo exhibition focused on the business of death and dying, which featured more than 200 companies.

Death and sandwiches

The New York Times

Increasingly, hospitals and clinics are investing in wellness programs that employ techniques like mindful meditation, narrative medicine and group discussions to help staff members process the emotional demands of caregiving and reflect on their shared experience. 

ICPCN NOW campaign video shows the misconceptions of children’s palliative care

ehospice International children’s edition

The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) recently partnered with the videography department at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa, to conduct interviews and highlight the misconceptions of children’s palliative care and the importance of the NOW campaign.

Palliative Care Australia welcomes new affiliate member

ehospice Australia

In a new initiative to broaden its membership base, Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has welcomed Palliative Care Nursing Association (PCNA) as an affiliate member of the national peak body.

Going the extra mile to supply palliative care medications

ehospice Australia

Ensuring her pharmacy always enough specialised palliative care medicines on hand to meet immediate demand across her community is a priority for pharmacist Kerryn Pearsons.

Palliative care competencies for professional health care chaplains

ehospice USA

New competencies address professional chaplains’ important role in the delivery of palliative care have been released by the California State University Institute for Palliative Care and HealthCare Chaplaincy Network.