World media roundup – 30 June 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Are you comfortable talking about death and dying?

Ireland – The Journal

A new report has highlighted how end of life care in Ireland could be improved.

NZ’s first Loss and Grief Awareness Week in July

New Zealand – Voxy

National grief support organisation, Skylight, is launching New Zealand’s very first Loss and Grief Awareness Week at the end of July.

A picture worth a thousand words

Australia – Dubbo

A new competition has been launched in Australia to encourage people who are experiencing grief and loss to express their feelings through photography.

In the Slender Margin: An unflinching embrace of death’s reality and persistent mystery

Canada – The Globe and Mail

‘In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying’ is a new book by Eve Joseph on the interconnections between death, language and art.

Help at hand for chronic, bed-ridden patients in UAE, India

UAE – Emirates 24/7

A group of UAE-based philanthropists and social workers have joined with the Al Rashid Centre for Disabled and Alpha Palliative Care to increase support for people with incurable diseases.

VNAA Releases Blueprint for Excellence: Hospice and Palliative Care


The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) has released the latest in its pathway to best practices, the Blueprint for Excellence, focused on hospice and palliative care.

Hospice/palliative care association outlines five things physicians should question

US – HemOnc Today

Summary of AAHPM’s list of possibly unnecessary or overused practices in the field of hospice care and palliative medicine.

How hospice at home operates

Swazi Observer

Swaziland Hospice at Home helps to expand service provision, build capacity locally and facilitates networking that will fuel palliative care development.

Palliative medicine as a specialty

End of life care studies blog

Professor David Clark from the University of Glasgow writes about how specialty recognition for palliative medicine was first achieved and some of the developments that have occurred since then.

The uncertainty that the chronically ill face

Kevin MD

Toni Bernhard, author of ‘How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers’, writes about chronic illness is the uncertainty it brings to almost every aspect of life.

The problem with live tweeting medical conferences

Kevin MD

In this blog, the author argues that “lucid communication of a point made by a speaker using more than 140 characters at a time is difficult to capture in a tweet.”

Carers need as much care as those they care for

ehospice Australia

Recently released Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data confirm that the growing numbers of people who care for others with long-term illnesses need greater recognition and support.

Traditional healers award ceremony

ehospice South Africa

Earlier this month, a second group of Traditional Health Practitioners completed their training in palliative care, provided by the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) in conjunction with funding from PEPFAR.

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