World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 25 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Opinion: Physician-assisted suicide puts the vulnerable at risk

Al Jazeera America

In California, a bill that could legalize medically assisted suicide is making its way through the state Legislature. Stephanie Packer, who is battling a terminal lung disease, says she thinks passing it would be a huge mistake.

Opinion: Why I believe in an end of life option

Al Jazeera America

Elizabeth Wallner is among four plaintiffs who recently sued the state of California, claiming a constitutional right to have a physician prescribe them life-ending medication. The suit comes as a bill that could legalize medically assisted suicide makes its way through the California Legislature.

Manpower crunch poses challenges for home hospice care

Singapore – Asia One

Home hospice care is the type of end of life care that most people hope for. But it will be a struggle to sustain this type of care if the manpower crunch keeps up, palliative care doctors cautioned.

Kathy James receives Excellence Award from End-of-Life Coalition

US – Cape Gazette

Kathy James, a palliative care coordinator, received the 2015 Delaware End-of-Life Coalition Excellence for Nursing Award. James was nominated for her hard work with the palliative care program at Nanticoke Health Services.

Volunteers are heart and soul

New Zealand – Marlborough Express

Tuesdays are fast becoming the favourite day of the week for Pam Askew, Neill Jansen and Joan Ferguson. The trio are part of the 12-strong ‘Tuesday girls’ volunteer team at the Redwoodtown Hospice shop.

Germany launches first ever 24 hour helpline for families of life limited children

ehospice International Children’s

OSKAR is the very first ‘around the clock’ helpline for families of children with palliative care needs. It was launched last week in Berlin, Germany.

Peers discuss ways to improve palliative care in the UK

ehospice UK

A question posed by Lord Farmer prompted a House of Lords discussion of provision of palliative care in the UK on Tuesday.

Hospice assists children in time of grief

ehospice Canada

According to a recent national poll, 75 percent of children and teenagers under the age of 18 who have recently experienced a loss feel sad, anger, alone, overwhelmed and worried without really understanding why.

Making it Real: Creating a successful hospice training environment

ehospice USA

Hosparus, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has created an innovative nurses training program that includes traditional classroom training and patient care simulations.

Understanding the role of community spirit in place of palliative care in Cameroon

ehospice International Children’s

In Cameroon, far greater attention is paid to the welfare of a family when an infant is terminally ill. Menang Joshua Ngwang looks at the role of community when a child dies in his country.

Why understanding evaluation is crucial for hospices

ehospice UK

Antonia Bunnin, Hospice UK’s Director of Hospice Support and Development, writes for ehospice on why hospices should embrace evaluation and how they can get started.

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