World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 27 August 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Fairfield Hospital is asking for comment on palliative care plan and encouraging residents to ‘have the conversation’ about death

Australia – Daily Telegraph

There’s hundreds of euphemisms for death, but a new draft end of life plan released by the South West Sydney Local Health District is hoping they won’t be used anymore.

Minnesota children’s hospital leads fight against pediatric pain

US – Pain Medicine News

One institution leading the fight against pediatric pain is the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota with its Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine Program.

Proposed assisted suicide controls in Germany ‘are unconstitutional’

Germany – Deutsche Welle

Germany has probably the most liberal assisted suicide law in the world – in other words, none at all. Lawmakers trying to change that have now been presented with a new obstacle – Germany’s constitution.

Hospice patients piece together fun and joy for others

US – St Augstine Record

Haven Hospice patient James Barrett’s work with puzzles is bringing joy to fellow patients, staff and fellow residents at Coral Landing Assisted Living.

Q&A: Atul Gawande on America’s urgent need to rethink end of life care

US – Dallas Morning News

“I went into surgery because I wanted to be a hero,” says Atul Gawande. “I wanted to save the day. I learned how to fix things – but not how to manage the problems that you could not fix.” He wrote “Being Mortal” in part to help turn that around in his own practice.

Rural northern counties set to launch pilot palliative health care initiative

US – California Healthline

Four organizations in four rural Northern California counties are set to launch a palliative care pilot project next week.

Report shows more can be done to support transition process for young adults with life-limiting conditions

ehospice UK

A report compiled for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) by academics from the universities of Dundee and Nottingham has called for improved ongoing support for young people with life-limiting conditions.

Palliative care is improving, but PEI must embrace wishes of the dying

ehospice Canada

More than 17% of Prince Edward Island’s 140,000 people are over 65, compared to just over 15% for the country as a whole. Those figures in a largely rural population are a challenge for Mireille Lecours, palliative care medical consultant for the province.

Meet Petra Burger: HPCA’s disability coordinator

ehospice South Africa

Petra is a true inspiration and motivation to those of all walks of life and is a true example of a woman with courage, strength, determination and a will power which has allowed her to always have a positive outlook on life even when it seemed like the toughest thing to do. This is her story.

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