World media roundup – 25 March 2014

Categories: In The Media.

All pain, no gain: health experts express concern over lack of pain relief services

Pakistan- The Express Tribune

Health experts have expressed concern over the absence of pain relief services in a majority of public and private hospitals in Pakistan.

End of life care – the conversation experts say you need to have

Canada- Global News

According to a new poll, six out of ten Canadians believe it’s extremely important to talk to someone about their end of life care preferences and yet only 45% have done so.

Medical debate over defining death has implications for organ donors

Canada- CBC News

The standards for defining death in Canada vary so much that the hospital where a dying person ends up may affect when they are declared dead.

NDS backs review of painkiller scheduling

Australia- Pharmacy News

A new National Drug Strategy (NDS) framework suggests that the misuse of opioids and benzodiazepines in Australia may require a review of the current scheduling of these medicines.

Lawyer questions NT’s new ‘living wills’

Australia- ABC

A medical law specialist says plans for ‘living wills’ introduced by the Northern Territory government may cause problems because they will be legally binding.

New tool gives caregivers idea of what dementia patients experience


Hospice staff in Pennsylvania have a new program that allows people to see what life is like for people with dementia.

Euthanasia du jour? Doctors’ hidden truth on end of life care

France- Worldcrunch

Amid an ongoing public debate in France on end of life palliative care, doctors tell Le Monde how they secretly help their patients die.

Mapping palliative care services in Norway


Natasha Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, ‘Ja til lindrende enhet og omsorg for barn’ (‘Yes to palliative units and care for children’), Norway, shares some exciting news that heralds a step forward in Norwegian palliative care.

Studying problems of pain management in India

India- End of Life Studies blog

Dr Clare Roques from Glasgow University writes about her research into the practice of pain management in India.

Resource pack for helping bereaved colleagues

Ireland- Independent

The Irish Hospice Foundation has launched a resource pack aimed at helping managers and workers to help a bereaved colleague.

Next steps: integration of palliative care principles and practices in cancer care

US- ASCO Connection

“There has been a real shift in the landscape for both cancer care and palliative care, with fabulous new opportunities emerging, yet we still have challenges to deal with (both old and new),” writes Michael Fisch.

Six out of ten die from cancer or cardiovascular disease, says ABS

Australia- The Guardian

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are taking an increasing toll, but heart disease remains the leading killer in Australia.

One association’s foray into the realm of social media

ehospice Australia

Claire Maskell Gibson, Palliative Care Australia’s National Communications Manager, discusses the opportunities social space has to better connect and engage with audiences, members and the greater palliative care community.

Rexdale residents need language-specific palliative care information

ehospice Canada

Rexdale’s culturally diverse seniors and newcomers to Canada don’t know the term ‘palliative care’ or where to access services unless a family member has received that care.

Grant applications – before you start: the business side of palliative care

ehospice Australia

Director of Caresearch, Dr Jennifer Tieman outlines some crucial elements to consider when submitting an application to help get your research off the ground.

Fatigue in palliative care patients

ehospice USA

Fatigue is a well-known and closely monitored symptom in palliative care patients and is associated with a broad range of illnesses.

World TB Day: “healthy and energetic again”

ehospice South Africa

USAID works with partners such as the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) to take healthcare and treatment to the people where they need it most – in their houses and at wellness centres close to home.

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