In the Australasia Palliative Link International newsletter, Wendy Salmon talks about doctors’ refusal to accept the inevitability of death. She keeps on hearing the words, “it is not in our culture” and wonders how this can be true.
Article by Rev. Dr Andrew Goodhead, Member of the European Association for Palliative Care Task Force on Spiritual Care and Spiritual Care Lead at St Christopher’s Hospice, London, UK; and Piret Paal, PhD, researcher, Professorship in Spiritual Care at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.
The New Zealand Herald
Prime Minister John Key has said he would sympathise with “speeding up of the process” of death for a terminally ill patient, but that he would not vote for a proposed bill that would allow any adult suffering from a condition likely to cause their death within 12 months to request medical assistance to die.
Palliative care nurses should always remember that as much as it is a fact that they do not have powers to cure their patients’ suffering, they can be with them in their suffering and help them to face it and find meaning in it.
International Children’s Palliative Care Network
Ten Russian modules have been developed to provide information on the main aspects of children’s palliative care for the general public and to be used by professionals for purposes of training or as an information resource.
Health Law Review
This paper questions the claim that only 16-30% of Canadians have access to palliative care, and argues that this figures is based on a misrepresentation of outdated data and it ignores the provision of palliative care outside of the acute care hospital setting.
The global HIV epidemic has been unprecedented, both in its extent and in the way it has changed the world’s approach to health funding.
It’s OK to Die blog
I never cease to be amazed that most doctors cannot speak straightforwardly and compassionately about the reality of death and dying, writes Dr Monica Williams-Murphy.
Hospice Physician’s blog
Post by a hospice and palliative care doctor, who is tired and worried about giving too much of herself to her patients, leaving nothing for her family.
Pharmacists in Kenya have been attending a morphine reconstitution session at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
This November a new festival of storytelling and remembrance is being launched in Scotland by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief.
Report on a recent event where Di Laverty, nurse consultant, and Rebecca Tiberini, physiotherapist and therapies services manager, shared their experiences of developing nurse-led respite care and a rehabilitative approach to palliative care at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney.