World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 3 December 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative care should be focus of end of life issues, Quebec doctor says

Canada – CBC News

The head of the Quebec-based doctors’ coalition that contested the provincial law that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with medical help says the government needs to do more to provide care for its most vulnerable citizens — rather than help them die.

Life, birth and motherhood: women at the end of their life reflect – video

UK – The Guardian

Six women at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, south-east London, reflect on life, birth and motherhood. The footage is part of Birth: Origins at the End of Life, a film by artist Whitney McVeigh in collaboration with Pulse Films.

Palliative care specialist explains how end of life conversations help families and patients alike

US – Medical Xpress

The New York Times published an essay by Dawn M Goss this summer in which she encouraged doctors to find out what their patients’ end of life wishes are.

Ruth Kennedy: ‘There is heroism in looking after people at their most vulnerable’

UK – The Independent

The Independent speaks to Ruth Kennedy, founder of Louis Dundas Centre for Children’s Palliative Care, which is named after her son who died of a brain tumour at the age of four in 2008.

The evidence for early palliative care in cancer patients

US – Medscape

In recent years, evidence has grown for using palliative care early in cancer patients, but it is still not incorporated as much as it should be. At the 2015 European Cancer Congress, clinicians discussed some of the challenges to integrating palliative care into oncology care.

Barbara Kay: Let palliative care enough time to prove itself

Canada – National Post

There is only one form of medical treatment that can accurately be described as “medical aid in dying”, and that is palliative care, writes Barbara Kay.

Consult small charities before reforming fundraising regulation, says Navca’s Neil Cleeveley

UK – Third Sector News

The local infrastructure body Navca has called for the proposed reforms of fundraising regulation to be put on hold until small charities have been consulted.

A time to play – enriching the lives of children with cancer in Bangladesh

ehospice International Children’s

Julie De Meulemeester, a Health Sciences Student, describes observing the wonderful therapeutic value of play for children undergoing treatment for cancer at the BSMMU hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

New palliative care uni courses focus on mental health

ehospice Australia

Healthcare workers across Australia have the opportunity to further their palliative care training with new courses focussing on mental health being offered through Charles Sturt University next year.

Education fellowship helps spread knowledge about delivering palliative care e-learning courses

ehospice UK

Earlier this year, Joanne Callinan from the Milford Care Centre in Limerick, Ireland, visited a number of UK organisations involved in delivering e-learning courses to help inform the future development of online learning at Milford Care Centre. Here she tell us more.

NICE publishes guideline on transition from hospitals to community care

ehospice UK

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its guideline on transition from inpatient hospital settings to community care for adults with social care needs.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association joins CMCC Patient Advisory Council

ehospice Canada

Today, the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council welcomes the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association as the newest member of the medical cannabis industry’s first Patient Advisory Committee.