World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 18 May 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Universities research home-based dementia care

Australia – Daily Examiner

Despite more than two thirds of Australian dementia sufferers living at home and relying on support from family, friends and outreach health services, little is known about whether home-based dementia patients or their carers are sufficiently supported.

Patients ‘disempowered’ at point of death, says Senator John Crown

Irish Times

A lack of investment in palliative care services means many people are being “disempowered” at the point of death, according to a cancer specialist who is also a Senator.

Fund for new medicines in Scotland doubles

UK – BBC News

The Scottish government has announced that it has doubled the money available in its New Medicines Fund.

Dying at home: Thousands of Victorians unable to receive community-based palliative care, while hospitals attract funding

Australia – ABC

15,000 Victorians receive palliative care in their own homes, subsidised according to their needs and the funding restraints of service providers. A majority of palliative care funding is spent at hospital – approximately 70 per cent.

Minister full of praise for Paphos hospice

Cyprus Mail

Health Minister Philippos Patsalis visited the Friends hospice in Paphos on Thursday, meeting staff, volunteers and patients.

Palliative care in villages

India – Deccan Herald

The Kurian Foundation, USA and Bangalore Baptist Hospital have joined hands to provide palliative care services to villages in Devanahalli taluk in Bengaluru Rural district.

First hospice for Utah’s homeless dedicated by community, religious leaders

US – KSL

Members of the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, the Utah Legislature and others gathered Monday to participate in the blessing of Utah’s first volunteer homeless hospice as a sanctuary and refuge.

Feeling generous? Would you ever transfer your holiday leave to a colleague?

UK – Daily Telegraph

After a Frenchman’s colleagues donated 170 days paid leave to him while his son battled with cancer, Josephine Fairley asks if you would ever transfer your holiday to a workmate who needs it more than you.

‘It’s a sacred and beautiful process’: Artist Flutter Lyon helping palliative care patients deal with death

Australia – Daily Telegraph

31 year old Penrith artist, Flutter Lyon, is the brains behind Reflected Legacy, a pilot program that will capture stories and people’s lives through ink-pressings at Liverpool Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit.

Britons failing to make end of life wishes known, Dying Matters Coalition warns

ehospice UK

Millions of people in Britain are at risk of their end of life wishes not being met because of a failure to communicate properly about dying, death and bereavement, according to a new study released by the Dying Matters Coalition.

New paediatric TB Centre of Excellence opens in Swaziland

ehospice Africa

The TB Centre of Excellence is uniquely designed for children with state of the art lab equipment, X-ray and consultation rooms – decorated and furnished to foster a child-focused environment.

First online resource to help primary teachers support bereaved pupils launching on Thursday

ehospice Ireland

Irish primary school teachers, for the first time, can avail of a new online resource to help them support bereaved children in their class.

Care through connections

ehospice South Africa

Grabouw is a small town in the picturesque Elgin Valley famous for its apples and pears. But it is also a town with an HIV prevalence rate of 34% and one of the highest TB infection rates in the world.