World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 26 August 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Review aims to optimise palliative care services

New Zealand – Scoop

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a review into palliative care services aims to further enhance the care accessed by thousands of New Zealanders and their families each year.

Palliative care service starts in Myanmar

APHPCN

13 August 2015 was the opening ceremony of the first Palliative Care Clinic in Myanmar, based at the main general hospital, Yangon General Hospital.

Hospice dog tenderly cares for dying patient in video

USA Today

A video of Oregon therapy dog JJ tenderly caring for a hospice patient at the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House quickly went viral this week.

Revealed: the hidden lives of the UK’s 6.5 million carers

UK – The Guardian

Caring is an activity most of us will do at some point in our lives but it usually goes on behind lace curtains. Top photographer Chris Steele-Perkins aims to change that by putting caring into sharp focus in his latest exhibition

Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool (SPICT): An international approach to identifying patients for palliative care

EAPC blog

Dr Kirsty Boyd and Professor Scott Murray, the SPICT project leaders, explain how this increasingly popular tool is being used internationally by clinicians to identify people for integrated palliative care.

Freakonomics and end of life health care

US – Freakonomics Radio

Stephen Dubner admits that he and the team behind Freakonomics Radio sometimes explore ideas most sane people would leave untouched. This time, Dubner decided to look at the economics of end of life health care.

Children’s palliative care given prominence at Baltic Paediatric Congress

ehospice International Children’s

Children’s palliative care is growing in prominence in the Baltic region and was recently highlighted at the 3rd Paediatric Congress, organised by the Latvian Paediatric Association, which took place in Riga earlier this month.

Why employers are caring for the caregivers

ehospice Canada

Brenda Hill has many identities. She works as a wealth adviser for BMO Nesbitt Burns in Caledon, Ont. She’s the primary caregiver for her 78-year-old mother, diagnosed five years ago with Alzheimer’s disease. And she’s the mother of two twentysomething kids.

Perinatal advance directives

ehospice USA

Helping families develop advance directives in perinatal situations is a challenging task. This article illustrates why and how that has been done in one hospital.

St Catherine’s Hospice announces expansion to cope with increase in demand

ehospice UK

Crawley-based St Catherine’s Hospice has announced plans for a new hospice site as it looks to provide care for a greater number of local people.