World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 22 June 2016

Categories: Care.

‘Discussing the Unthinkable’ – end of life care conference

UK – Rochdale Online

Over 120 people attended an end of life care conference – ‘Discussing the Unthinkable’ – was held at KYP.

Shorts for hospice on shortest day

New Zealand – New Zealand Herald

Child and family therapist Melanie, who has worked at Waipuna Hospice for 10 years, was the facility’s first paid social worker and this year she became its first child and family therapist.

A Framework on Palliative Care

Canada – ARPA

On the feature this week, an interview with Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu. She has introduced a Private Member’s Bill calling for the development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.

Why hospital chief wants to give Hongkongers the option to die peacefully in their own homes

China – South China Morning Post

Measures to help Hongkongers spend their final days at home or elsewhere outside public hospitals are being explored by the ­government, Hospital Authority chairman John Leong Chin-yan has revealed to the Post.

Assisted dying law too restrictive, says Nova Scotia palliative doctor

Canada – CBC News

A palliative care physician based in Lunenburg is criticizing Canada’s new assisted-dying law, saying it is too restrictive because it only applies to those who will die soon, and not those suffering with no immediate end in sight.

Finding hope on the edge of life

Singapore – Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network

Take a step into the lives of four people. A woman with a degenerative condition, a young man stuck with stage four cancer, a nurse and a medical social worker who help the dying.

A Tragedy of Errors – Neglect, Bad Advice or Ignorance?

India – Pallium India

In a village, a small boy is bitten by a snake. A tragedy of errors ensues, arising from a fatal combination of neglect, bad advice, wrong choices, and ignorance.

The Words We Use

ehospice Canada English

Supportive Care…Supportive Oncology…The Comfort Team…The Butterfly Team (as may be heard in pediatrics). Why is there so much resistance to the use of the “P” word – palliative? The truth is, palliative care might not be what many people think it is.

Life changing experience for Mary

ehospice Kenya

“Mary” (not her real name), a mother of 4 children lives with her family in Kawangware. Early 2012 she kept visiting different hospitals with different complaints with the hope of getting better which did not happen. Her condition became worse as time went by until when she sought for medical help from the national referral hospital in Nairobi.

Gaining more influence to tell your hospice’s story with impact

ehospice UK

Hospices need to get even better at communicating what they do, and anticipating reputational risks, writes Suzanne Stevenson, head of media and PR at Hospice UK.

A family’s experience with VSED

ehospice US

The Health & Science section of The Washington Post (June 20, 2016) features an article on a family’s experience with a loved one who chose Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED) at the end of her life.

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