World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 5 June 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative care pushes buttons: petition helps campaign grow legs

Australia – Central Western Daily

Orange’s Push for Palliative committee members say they have been overwhelmed by the response to a petition in the community during Palliative Care Week last week with 2500 signatures collected in eight hours.

Islands Hospice to open first Maui care facility

US – Pacific Business News

Islands Hospice is expanding its Maui care services by opening its first inpatient facility on the Valley Isle in July.

Terminally ill teenager defies predictions but that doesn’t mean doctors were wrong

UK – The Conversation

People think that making a decision to have palliative care or to go into a hospice will lead to the patient dying sooner. But the opposite is at least sometimes the case.

California Senate approves hotly debated physician-assisted suicide bill

US – Reuters

The California Senate approved a physician-assisted suicide bill on Thursday that would allow some terminally ill patients to obtain medication to end their lives, even as opponents criticized the bill as dangerous.

Right to die: Court backs France in Vincent Lambert case

France – BBC News

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the decision of a court in France to allow a paralysed man to be taken off life support.

Report shows dementia has disproportionately high impact on women

ehospice UK

A report released today by Alzheimer’s Disease International has revealed that the majority of people living with dementia are women, while caregivers and health professionals dealing with the disease are also predominantly female.

Improving the quality of life at the end of life

ehospice Canada

Why are doctors not having the necessary conversations with terminally ill patients?

VNAA Honored for end of life care blueprint

ehospice USA

Visiting Nurse Associations of America was awarded DecisionHealth’s Case in Point Platinum Award for it’s Blueprint for End of Life Care.