World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 13 April 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Pushing for end of life care in Malaysia

Malaysia – The Star

The practice of palliative or end of life care for patients with life-threatening illnesses is still in its infancy in Malaysia. But the Government is pushing for greater interest by medical practitioners and support personnel in this important area.

Don’t confuse hospice care with terminal sedation

Singapore – Straits Times

There is a gross misconception that hospice care is about dying when, in fact, it is about helping those who are suffering from pain to live as well as possible through the relief of their pain and other symptoms.

National Healthcare Decisions Day encourages you to plan for end of life care

US – News Sentinel

Thursday is National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative to encourage people to plan for end of life care.

Woman who made lasting difference

Irish Independent

Once in a while somebody comes along who makes a real difference to people’s lives. One such person was the inspirational and visionary founder of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), Dr Mary Redmond, who passed away at the age of 64 this week.

Palliative care revives hope for 13 year old cancer patient

Kenya – Daily Nation

Access to palliative care for Kevin Muriungi, a 13 year old cancer patient from Kimate Village, Imenti Central Sub-County in Meru, is great relief to his aged grandmother and 10 year old sister.

Emergency health care must grow in India

India – On Manorama

Quality treatment for the lowest rungs of society, and a health care policy based on prevention of diseases: these are two goals that our country should have attained long ago.

Latest Paediatrics and Child Health Journal focuses on palliative care

ehospice International Children’s

The latest issue of the Journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society has a strong focus on palliative care for children with a wealth of valuable information.

“There simply isn’t enough funding for accessible end of life care for all”

ehospice UK

Following the report published last week by Marie Curie which highlighted insufficient funding and health inequalities as barriers to terminally ill people’s needs being met, Stephen Greenhalgh, Chief Executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, has responded by calling for greater government funding for hospices.

Access to palliative care needs to be part of euthanasia debate

ehospice Australia

Australians missing out on access to quality palliative care need to be part of the debate over euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, according to a group of Melbourne-based clinicians and researchers.

Provincial Palliative Care Centre officially opens

ehospice Canada

A new $5.6 million provincial palliative care centre will provide patients with more care options and offer their loved ones the opportunity to be more involved in care, says Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

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