World media roundup – 7 July 2014

Categories: In The Media.

“It is not in our culture” – Really?

Pallium India

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.

Spiritual care education: step by step towards curriculum guidelines


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.

Euthanasia legitimate up to a point, says Key

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.

Sikhonela wena: we’re here for you

Swazi Observer

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.

Russian presentations on children’s palliative care

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.

The making of a myth: unreliable data on access to palliative care in Canada

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16-30% of Canadians have access to palliative care, and argues that this figures is based on a misrepresentation of outdated data and it ignores the provision of palliative care outside of the acute care hospital setting.

Too soon for rich countries to stop HIV funding in poor ones

The Conversation

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.

Doesn’t anyone know what dying looks like?

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.

Compassion fatigue

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 learn how to reconstitute morphine

ehospice Kenya

Pharmacists in Kenya have been attending a morphine reconstitution session at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

To Absent Friends – a new festival of storytelling and remembrance

ehospice UK

This November a new festival of storytelling and remembrance is being launched in Scotland by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief.

Respite and rehabilitation: changing preconceptions and practice in hospice and palliative care

ehospice UK

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.

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