World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 8 December 2015

Categories: In The Media.

More to be done on end-of-life care: Chochinov

Canada – Winnipeg Free Press

Local researcher, doctor and professor Harvey Max Chochinov has dedicated more than two decades of his life to understanding how people experience dying and finding ways to make end of life care more comprehensive.

Let’s talk about death

US – WNYC

Bishop Gwendolyn Phillips Coates is on a mission. She’s a preacher in a small church in South Los Angeles, and she’s made it her job to get her congregation prepared for one thing: death.

Pasifika palliative care research awarded grant

New Zealand – Massey University

Dr Sunia Foliaki from Massey’s College of Health, has been awarded $300,000 from the Health Research Council to look into the palliative health care of Pacific people in New Zealand.

Columbus Hospice COO considers her job an ‘honor’

US – Ledger Enquirer

Donna Morgan, chief operating officer at Columbus Hospice says in nursing school students are taught when dealing with family members of patients they should not cry, they should not hug. “We violate that every day,” Morgan said of workers at the hospice.

Terminally ill Ontario boy who got early Christmas dies in hospice care

Canada – Telegraph Times

A seven-year-old Ontario boy whose town rallied around him to create an early Christmas has died. Evan Leversage attracted global attention in October when his hometown of St George granted him his wish of celebrating Christmas one last time.

Of love and loss without palliative care

ehospice Australia

When Mary Brennan’s young son died of bone cancer back in the early 1970s, palliative care was unheard of. More than 40 years later, she reflects on the experience, and her elder son’s decision to work in palliative care.

Digital technology should be better utilised to give those facing terminal illness more control over their care

ehospice UK

A cross-sector project to help give older people facing the end of life more control over their care is one of a number of proposals put forward today on how to increase digital inclusion across the NHS.

Expert opinion: the euthanasia debate

ehospice Australia

I’ve spent about 40 years looking after people who were dying. I was a burns surgeon for the first half of my career and I have since worked for 20 years in specialist palliative care, writes Dr Mary Brooksbank.

Season of Gratitude – the latest ICPCN blog by Lanise Shortell

ehospice International Children’s

Another meaningful ICPCN blog post from children’s palliative care nurse, Lanise Shortell, reveals how the hospice and palliative care team was able to give a young family the ‘gift of time’ to be fully present throughout the life of their son and grandson, Logan.

Macmillan report shows ‘true cost’ of cancer to the NHS in England

ehospice UK

A report from Macmillan Cancer Support examining the “hidden costs” of cancer estimates the total cost to the NHS in England of providing support for people with cancer beyond initial treatment.

Peek inside HFA’s newest book

ehospice USA

Helping professionals support families in conflict is the focus of the newest publication from Hospice Foundation of America that is part of its Living With Grief series.