World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 30 July 2015

Categories: In The Media.

A good death: Can guidelines really help?

UK – BBC News

Dealing with death is never easy. But for the relatives, friends, doctors and nurses caring for the half a million people who die in England each year it is an inevitability of life that has to be faced.

Unpaid cancer carers save taxpayers £219m a year – but how long can it carry on?

UK – Daily Mirror

Health experts warn the UK’s increasingly ageing population will mean there will be fewer unpaid carers able to meet the demand in future.

Living while she dies

Canada – St Catharine’s Standard

Hospice Niagara says its day program provides assistance, entertainment, relaxation and a social environment for those diagnosed with a terminal illness but who do not require the full time end of life care provided in the residential programs.

Everything you ever wanted to know about death but were too afraid to ask

Australia – Sydney Morning Herald

Community group The Groundswell Project has spent the past five years creating wider awareness about dying to help overcome reluctance to address the issue. The group has come up with 10 things people need to know about death, with workshops on the topic to be launched in conjunction with Dying to Know Day on August 8.

GP surgeries build up network to support end of life care

UK – Pulse

Three GP surgeries in Derry have joined forces with a hospice to trial a £70,000 ‘compassionate community’ project, which involves building up a network of volunteers to help people needing end of life care or palliative care.

Roof raised on the Hospice house project

New Zealand – Nelson Mail

The House for Hospice build is ticking along nicely with the roof recently completed and windows installed on the house in Marsden Park.

Extra rooms, extra $1.5 million

Canada – Ottawa Community News

Hospice Care Ottawa and the Bruyère Foundation have successfully hit their goal of raising $6 million to complete the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice, said Hospice Care Ottawa’s executive director, Lisa Sullivan.

Air Malta assists Hospice Malta

Malta Today

Air Malta will be again assisting Hospice Malta in raising awareness of the Hospice’s aims and objectives amongst Air Malta’s customers.

Exploring demand for palliative care services on NSW mid-north coast

ehospice Australia

The Push for Palliative movement in rural New South Wales continues to attract new adherents with the Manning Valley community around Taree and Wingham on the state’s mid-north coast exploring demand for palliative care services.

Ensuring caregivers are not unnecessarily financially penalized for taking on caregiving roles

ehospice Canada

Canada’s unpaid caregivers play a vital role in supporting older Canadians and their desire and ability to age in their place of choice. While caregiving can be personally rewarding, it can also be stressful and expensive.

Three-fold increase in Irish children with a life-limiting condition

ehospice Ireland

The number of children living with life limiting illness in Ireland is 3,840, almost three times the number previously estimated.

Palliative care training for Malindi stakeholders

ehospice Kenya

Two dozen health professionals from Malindi, Kilifi County, in the Coastal region of Kenya, recently benefited from palliative care sensitization training at a local hotel that aimed to improve knowledge and attitudes towards palliative care in the County.

PCHETA introduced in House of Representatives

ehospice USA

The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 3119) – otherwise known as PCHETA – was introduced in the House of Representatives on July 21, 2015.

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