World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 28 May 2015

Categories: In The Media.

The death café is coming to Dublin

Ireland – The Journal

A pop-up ‘death café’ will feature as part of an event planned for Dublin Castle later this summer.

Researchers studying potential anxiety-reduction applications of ecstasy for end of life care

US – Tech Times

The psychoactive drug MDMA – known as ecstasy in common parlance – may be illegal, but that may well be about to change as researchers test out the potential of the drug for alleviating anxiety in terminally ill people.

Health Ministers endorse new approach to end of life care in hospitals

Australia – Media Net

A new consensus statement describing the essential elements for providing safe and high-quality care at the end of life has been endorsed by the Australian Health Ministers as the national approach to the delivery of end of life care in Australian hospitals.

Brisbane’s Hummingbird House set to provide a dedicated suite for end of life care for terminally ill children

Australia – ABC

Queensland’s first children’s hospice catering to terminally ill children and their families will offer a range of services, including a dedicated suite for end of life care, fee free.

MSPs reject Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill

UK – BBC News

MSPs have rejected the Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill by 82 votes to 36 following a debate at Holyrood.

Expanding awareness of palliative care for gravely ill is goal of bill

US – NJ Spotlight

Supporters see measure as step in broader effort to expand new field of medicine.

Integrating palliative care principles with treatment of chronic illnesses

ehospice Australia

The Western New South Wales Health District’s Palliative Care and Chronic Care Services joined forces in the lead up to National Palliative Care Week, organising a two day conference, Dying to Know, in Dubbo on 21-22 May.

Cross-Canada review of palliative care models unearths gems

ehospice Canada

Innovative palliative care delivery models hold keys to high-quality care.

Hospice breathlessness programme has huge impact on patients

ehospice UK

The Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness programme pioneered by John Taylor Hospice has now supported more than 200 people since its launch in 2011.