Germany – Deutsche Welle
After a year of debate on the sensitive issue, the lower house of German parliament has voted in favour of banning assisted suicides performed by associations.
Australia – The Guardian
In political debate, euthanasia is a febrile ‘wedge issue’. But in my clinical experience, end of life care is centred on patients’ tenacity and will to live, writes Ranjana Srivastava.
Australia – Sydney Morning Herald
I agree there are problems with how Australians are dying, but I think access to good-quality palliative care can change that, writes Richard Chye.
Australia – In Daily
Sitting with her mother in Daw House as she battled severe heart failure convinced Labor MP and former nurse Nat Cook that a new palliative care centre is needed.
US – Science Codex
African American, Native American, and Asian dialysis patients were 43% to 44% less likely than whites to use hospice before dying.
UK – Wales Online
Macmillan Cancer Support head of services Susan Morris claims end of life care needs to be a two-way conversation between patients and clinicians.
New Zealand – Scoop
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new expert panel will provide advice to the Ministry of Health on palliative care services for adults.
Mail & Guardian Africa
South Africa tops the overall African rankings in the quality of end of life care, with a score of 48.5 out of a possible 100. Uganda comes in second, at 47.8 and Ghana is third, at 34.3.
Jeanette Liebelt understands the importance of thinking beyond music and aromatherapy when providing person-centred palliative care.
ehospice South Africa
Khanya Hospice appeals to all Upper South Coast men to grow their moustaches in support of ‘Movember’.“For Movember we are thinking of the men, particularly with testicular and prostate cancer, including all the other cancers that men also get,” said Khanya Hospice CEO, Neil McDonald.
Hospice isn’t a place. It’s a type of care that focuses on living … living as fully as possible, up until the end of life. Hospice brings comfort, love, and respect to the patients and families they care for.
Last month saw the national launch of PATCH – a charity set up specifically to ensure that hospital patients have access to specialist palliative care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.