AGM ON February 14;nominations invited to multiple posts

The Twenty-se1cond Annual General Meeting of the Indian Association of Palliative Care will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre. Nominations have been invited to various posts to be filled during the AGM. Signed nomination forms must reach IAPC Secretariat by January 15, 2015.Haven’t got your copy yet?Download the AGM announcement.Download the nomination form.


Child Protection Policy

Untitled-2 IAPC is involved in various projects for and involving children. The association has now published a Child Protection Policy, “a statement of intent that demonstrates a commitment” to safeguard children from harm, and to ensure that the procedures are in place to minimise the risk of and deal with any abuse and exploitation of children.Read the policy here.


Joint IAPC-ISCCM conference

Untitled-3 On October 11, 2014, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, as part of their joint mission for excellence in end-of-life care, IAPC and the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM), organised a conference in New Delhi. After discussing various medical, ethical and legal aspects of end-of-life care, prominent leaders from both the associations addressed the media and reiterated the need for a radical change in approach to end-of-life care.
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India observes World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2014



Here is a quick overview, based on reports from various locations.


Dr M R Rajagopal awarded Human Rights Watch award for extraordinary activism

5Dr M R Rajagopal, Chairman of Pallium India, has been awarded Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, “for his efforts to defend the right of patients with severe pain to live and die with dignity”.Read more.

Prof David Currow honoured for excellence in scientific research

6Flinders University’s Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services David Currow, has won the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) 2015 award for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care. Congratulations, Prof Currow! Read more.


Highlights of November 2014 course

The November 2014 course is being conducted in two new centres: Yenepoya Nursing College, Mangalore and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar. In all, 236 candidates are appearing for this course in 17 centres across India.Starting with the first course in November 2007, more than 4500 doctors and nurses have gained from the 15 editions of this course, so far.

Tata Memorial Centre conducts course in end-of-life care

9 On the occasion of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, 2014, the Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospitalconducted a four-hour certificate programme on end-of-life care,attended by more than 270 delegatesincluding doctors, nurses, social workers and volunteers from across Mumbai.  Speakers included Prof B MHegde, retired vice-chancellor ofManipal University; DrFarhad Kapadia, Critical Care Consultant from Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai; and, Dr Prince John, Palliative Medicine Consultant from Asian Institute of Oncology, Mumbai.  In the panel discussion that followed, delegates and members of the mediaclarified important issues regarding end-of-life care.


Calling Indian doctors to participate in Australian research project on suffering

peteDr. Odette Spruytis conducting a qualitative study exploring the views of doctors working in Australia and India, about suffering. This study has ethics approval from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and Lancaster University, UK. It is being conducted as a PhD palliative care project, under supervision from Lancaster University Faculty of Health and Medicine, Division of Health Research.Doctors working substantially in palliative care are invited to consider participating in this project. Involvement will require participating in a 1-2 hour interview, either in person or via Skype or Zoom, in which experiences and views about suffering will be explored in an open and conversational interview.For more information about this study, please write to Dr Odette Spruyt.


Youth in PC Conference

The First Inte10rnational Conference on Youth in Palliative Care, STUDENSTPALCON2015, jointly organised by Students in Palliative Care and Institute of Palliative Medicine WHOCC, will be held at the JDT Islam Convention Centre, Calicut, on January 17, 2015. Student volunteers and eminent figures in palliative care from around the world will work together to educate, help replicate and improve the models of youth involvement in palliative care. Visit the conference website for more details.

IAPCON 2015: Early-bird, abstracts deadlines extended to November 30

iapcon The 22nd International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care will be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre on February 13 to 15, 2015. The last date for early bird registration and for submitting abstracts have been extended to November 30, 2014. For details, please visit the conference website.

Colloquium on Spiritual Care: Feb 10-11, Bengaluru

11The colloquium will seek answers to questions on spiritual care as part of palliative care.For more information, contact the organiser, Karunashraya


Best palliative care: the setting matters too?

Dr RavindraGhooi

Five years ago, Temel and co-workers demonstrated that in non-small cell lung cancer, early palliative care resulted in a better quality of life and less depression. These patients also survived longer though they received lesser aggressive therapy towards the end of life.

Now, the setting in which palliative care is administered has become an area of interest. Hui et al first showed 12that palliative care in an outpatient setting had a greater positive impact on emergency room visits and admission in the end-of-life phase.

Hechler et al compared children and adolescents suffering from chronic pain treated either on outpatient or inpatient basis. They found that inpatients had a lower pain and disability index as compared to outpatients, thus demonstrating the importance of close observation and management.
Could this be due to patient-related factors or service-related factors? More work is needed before one can establish where to deliver palliative care for maximum benefit.


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