World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 18 May 2016

Categories: In The Media.

‘Don’t be afraid to talk about death – it’s a chance to share your wishes with loved ones’

UK – Belfast Telegraph

As the new Northern Ireland Hospice opens its doors this week to show how it spends public donations, Lorraine Graham from Bangor, lead social worker at the Belfast facility, tells Stephanie Bell why it is important for all of us to speak to our families about passing on.

Palliative care provides end-of-life relief

US – Tallahassee Democrat

For my parent’s generation, there were certain topics not mentioned in polite society, one of them being death. Wow, how that has changed. It may be that medical students are not yet getting much training on how to talk about death with their patients, but the rest of us can learn from a steady stream of new books about how to play the end game.

Palliative care matters too

Canada – Toronto Sun

This week parliamentarians are set to resume debate on Bill C-14, the assisted-suicide bill. As MPs and Canadians looking on consider this contentious piece of legislation, it’s important we not forget a different but equally important topic: palliative care.

Much of World Suffers Not From Abuse of Painkillers, but Absence of Them

US – The New York Times

While Americans are confronting an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, particularly for addictive painkillers, the reverse problem prevails in much of the world.

Choosing a dignified exit

India – The Hindu

Modern medicine has advanced a lot — which is indeed a boon to humanity. Even a limb severed in an accident can now be stitched back by doctors under certain conditions using modern techniques. One who suffers a heart attack can lead a normal life with the help of a bypass surgery or angioplasty. A stroke victim can be saved if he or she is rushed to a good hospital within the golden hour. But at the same time, there is a very different aspect of modern medical practice that is seen to be manifesting itself increasingly.

Physicians: Australians need to discuss their own deaths more

Australia – ABC News

Some of Australia’s most senior doctors say the country is developing a death denying culture that needs to change.

Doctors grieve too

ehospice International Children’s edition

The Sydney Morning Herald recently published an article about the grieving of doctors that care for children with cancer.

Catching up with Dr Julia Ambler and Tracey Brand

ehospice South Africa

In continuation of our #HospiceVisits drive we have a look at the great work Umduduzi Hospice are doing. Umduduzi is mainly based within the Durban Functional Region and extends to Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.