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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.