World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 27 January 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Discussing how we live out our golden years is crucial — but oft-neglected

US – The Guardian

Now that Medicare has begun to cover advanced care planning, chaotic life – and dying – decisions will hopefully diminish

Exhibition: “death: the human experience”

UK – The Economist

Can good cheer and honest talk change our gloomy perspective on death?

NICE publishes final drug recommendations for 5 separate medical conditions

UK – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has published its final recommendations on whether 6 different drug treatments should be routinely funded by the NHS.

Decision Assist set to launch palliative care app for nurses

Australia – Pulse IT

The federally funded Decision Assist project is set to release an app for nurses working in residential aged care, community care and general practice to help better care for patients in the final stages of their life.

Good to meet you … Ian Maddocks

Australia – The Guardian Weekly

My appointment, in 1988, as the world’s first professor of palliative care, had its origins in the Guardian Weekly.

The Power of Music

ehospice Kenya

If you are familiar with Country Music, you probably might have listened to Doug Stone with his song, “I never knew the power of a song ’till I heard the music playing the day my mama passed on…”. Music is not just an art and certainly not just a leisure activity. Music is so many life aspects put together.

Successful Belgian Perinatal Palliative Care Conference attracts 200 delegates

ehospice International Children’s edition

An informative and detailed report back by Prof Marie Friedel on the first Belgian Perinatal Palliative Care Conference that took place in Brussels in November 2015.

Conversations critical in shaping how we live and die

ehospice Australia

 Associate Professor Jennifer Philip is the Co-Deputy Director, Centre for Palliative Care and Deputy Director of Palliative Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital. In this article, originally published in The Age, she highlights the many benefits that can flow from quality conversations about what matters, in life and as we face death.

Hospice enabled dementia care – how are we doing?

ehospice UK

A joint declaration to deliver better quality services for people with dementia – from diagnosis until death – was published this month by a range of government, health, social care and third sector organisations.

NHPCO welcomes board members for 2016

ehospice USA

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization welcomes new individuals to the organization’s Board of Directors and thanks those who are concluding service.

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