World Media Roundup – 8 December 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Indian doctor adding days to lives of terminally-ill patients in Singapore

The Times of India
Article about India-born oncologist Ramaswarmy Akhileswaran who, after studying palliative care in the UK, joined HCA – a palliative care provider in Singapore – as its medical director in 2001 and became CEO in 2007.

Hospice unveils remembrance wall

Swazi Observer
Swaziland Hospice at Home has unveiled a remembrance wall to enable families of deceased patients to reminisce on their loved ones at their last place of refuge.

End of life debate turns to newborns: ‘Postnatal abortion’ morally acceptable in some cases, ethicist says

Canada – National Post
Doctors would be justified to end the lives of some terminally impaired newborn babies, says a prominent Canadian bioethicist in a report that pushes the country’s euthanasia debate into provocative new territory.

Palliative care doctors, please participate in this study

Pallium India
Dr Odette Spruyt, a member of Pallium India, is conducting a qualitative study exploring the views of doctors working in Australia and India, about suffering. 

ATLANTES research programme: human dignity, advanced illness and palliative care

End of life studies blog
This post is an introduction to the work of the ATLANTES research programme, which aims to promote the professional and public understanding of palliative care values, practices and development, in order to expand its scope and influence.

Death becomes him

Matter
Profile of Caleb Wilde, a sixth-generation funeral director who wants to reacquaint us all with the uncomfortable, eye-opening realities of death.

Tropfest 2014: watch the winning short film, Granny Smith

The Guardian
Australia’s highest profile short film prize has gone to a black comedy about a man who fakes his grandmother’s death to skive off work. ‘Red Nuts’, another dark comedy about a man with terminal cancer, was runner-up.

Can spirituality help you age more gracefully?

New America Media
Rachel Dornhelm speaks with Lydia K. Manning, associate professor of Gerontology at Concordia University in Chicago, about spirituality and ageing in older adults.

The age to come

Nobel Week Dialogue
The Nobel Week Dialogue on 9 December will involve Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists and thought leaders engaged in a dialogue about how an increasingly ageing population is changing the way we live today.

Ebola: basic fluid and nutrition care ‘being missed’

BBC News
Ebola patients are missing out on basic care that could improve their chances of survival, according to a report in the Lancet medical journal.

Helping parents talk to terminally ill children about end of life

ehospice USA
A new paediatric starter kit launched by The Conversation Project will help parents facilitate the critical and necessary conversation about end of life with their terminally ill children.

Help China’s Butterfly Children’s Hospices reach their fundraising target before 11 December

ehospice International children’s edition
Butterfly Children’s Hospices in China are just $4,000 away from reaching their target of raising $30,000 in order to continue to do the wonderful work they do caring for very sick and abandoned children.

Little Stars burn bright

ehospice Australia
On Friday, the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne celebrated the official Australian launch of Little Stars, the locally-produced series of films at the heart of a global advocacy project highlighting the need for greater access for children to palliative care.

Finding new ways to tell our hospice story

ehospice UK
Last week Keech Hospice Care launched a new animated film alongside its annual report. Mel Barry, Head of Marketing & Communications, tells us how the film came about.

Finding the gifts in grief

ehospice UK
Kathryn Rosenberg reflects on how the death of her sister has given her an awareness of her own mortality; something for which she is incredibly grateful.

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