World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 13 May 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Doctors urged to stop ‘over-treating’

UK – BBC News

Doctors’ leaders have launched a major campaign to stop medics “over-treating” their patients in ways that do not help and could even harm them

Living life to its fullest inside hospice walls

New Zealand – Southland Times

There’s a stigma attached to Hospice Southland. People think it is simply a place to go to die. But, as Georgia Weaver discovered, there’s way more life within its walls than most people realise.

Study finds 18% of northeastern Ontario cancer patients die before seeing specialist

Canada – CBC

A new study reveals some cancer patients die in northeastern Ontario without ever meeting with a medical specialist.

Federal Budget 2015: Terminally ill given access to superannuation

Australia – Daily Telegraph

The government will relax the restrictions on early access to superannuation to allow more patients with a terminal illness to claim it before it is too late.

New bill shows support for working parents who have lost a child

US – Central Illinois Proud

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, along with several other Democrat Senators, want to see legislation passed that would protect grieving parents from losing their job in the event of a child’s death.

What to do – and what not to – if a friend’s child is going to die

UK – Daily Telegraph

If a friend’s child is given a terminal diagnosis, your relationship will enter a new and unfamiliar phase. Bereavement counsellor Heather Tilley explains what to do when the worst possible news comes

African Union Ministers address access to medical opioids in Common Position for 2016 UN General Assembly Special Session

ehospice Africa

For palliative care advocates, a key goal was to explore ways of improving access to medical opioids while developing the Common African Position for the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, scheduled in April 2016.

Dying to talk?

ehospice Australia

Palliative Care Australia is encouraging people to talk about dying, using the theme of this month’s National Palliative Care Week as a catalyst for ongoing community awareness.

How hospice saved a young boy’s life

ehospice South Africa

We reflect on the great work of Hospice intervention that most certainly saved a young boy’s life that seemed destined for death.

Building bridges, making connections at the EAPC World Congress

ehospice UK

Marie Cooper, Practice Development Lead at Hospice UK, attended the 14th World Congress of the EAPC in Copenhagen last week. Here she writes about the experience and what she learnt from those she met there.

Rep. Esty visits regional hospice and home care

ehospice USA

On May 5, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty visited Regional Hospice and Home Care’s new Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury, Connecticut.

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