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Promoting Hospice & Palliative Care Worldwide


2006; Volume 7, No 2, February



Many ways to help support palliative care.

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Message from the Chair & Executive Director:
Kathleen M. Foley, MD
Liliana De Lima, MHA

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Dr. Ripamonti

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Greece, USA & India

Book Reviews:
Roger Woodruff, MD

IAHPC Board Member Retires

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Anne Laidlaw

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Dr. William Farr

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What's New?

News from - New Online Course Launched

'Cancer Care for Children and Young People'

“The course is free-of-charge to all, and can be undertaken at a time,

Pace and place of the learner's choice. We now have the following courses


- Cancer Care for Children and Young People

- Graseby Syringe Drivers in Palliative Care

- Introduction to Palliative Care Nursing

- Care of PICCs

- Cancer of the Oesophagus

The 'Cancer Care for Children and Young People' course has been written By the Paediatric Oncology Nurse Education group of the UK 's Royal College Of Nursing and has been designed as an introduction to the speciality of caring for children and adolescents with cancer. The course provides an overview of many different aspects of caring for young people with cancer - physical, emotional and psychological.

We are also extremely grateful to the following childhood cancer experts for reviewing the course:

Dr. Faith Gibson, Lecturer in Children's Nursing Research at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom .

Professor Barbara Love, School of Nursing, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

Louise Soanes, Senior Sister, Children's Cancer Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital, Surrey, United Kingdom.

Learners can enroll on the course at the site (

I would also like to thank you for your continued support of We have a number of courses currently under development and will launch further new courses before the end of this year.”


The 2007 Social Work Faculty Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2006

The Open Society Institute, Network Scholarship Programs, is pleased to announce the 2007 Social Work Faculty Fellowship for Azerbaijan , Georgia , Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan , Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Each award recipient spends one semester at a university in the United States and returns home to resume teaching. Renewals for up to two additional years are possible.

The Social Work Faculty Fellowship is a non-degree program aimed at facilitating the development of social work departments and associated teaching and research in participants’ home countries. The program provides the opportunity for outstanding junior faculty to expand their knowledge of social work and re-specialize in social work through spending time at a U.S. university’s school of social work. The program seeks to generate innovative approaches to curricular and pedagogical reform in the countries served, and support the development of regional and international institutional partnerships and collaborative projects.

Over the course of two years, fellows will alternate semesters between a U.S. university and their home university. Participants may apply for a third year once they have successfully completed the first two years. Approximately six awards will be granted to professors teaching in social work or a related social-science discipline. Fellows begin their first semester in January 2007 .

For an application and more information please visit the program web site:

Applications are now being accepted at local Soros offices and affiliates in the respective countries

A Call for Manuscripts

A special Issue of Palliative Medicine on RESEARCH METHODOLOGY IN PALLIATIVE CARE is planned.

*We plan to publish a special issue of Palliative Medicine in October 2006 (Volume 20, Number 7) which will be devoted to papers on research methodology in palliative care.

We invite submissions of original work in this area. We should be interested in all and any aspect of research methodology relevant to palliative care and will expedite the usual peer review process if necessary to accommodate original papers. Authors of original papers should follow the standard instructions to authors and aim to get a completed manuscript to the editorial office by the end of May 2006.

The editors would be happy to discuss proposed submissions with prospective authors and invite authors to contact us as soon as possible if they have potential contributions. We shall endeavour to be as flexible as we can in order to include interesting material.

Please contact the editorial office if you need further information:

[email protected] or tel: + 44 (0) 117 928 3336


A Call for Abstracts

The International AIDS Conference will take place August 13-18, 2006 in Toronto , Canada . The Open Society Institute’s International Palliative Care Initiative encourages you to submit abstracts to the conference so that your work will receive the international attention it deserves.

Instructions on how to submit an abstract, an abstract writing toolkit, and an abstract writing mentoring program are available on the conference website at Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, and should summarize the key points of a planned presentation or poster for the conference. A good abstract will be a clear and concise outline of new information that can be applied in multiple settings. The subject areas this year are Biology and Pathogenesis of HIV; Clinical Research, Treatment and Care; Epidemiology, Prevention and Prevention Research; Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences; and Policy.

We are glad to help you develop and edit your abstract. Please contact Sophie Pinkham at [email protected] for assistance.

The conference is also reviewing proposals for skills building workshops, which teach specific skills or strategies to be applied in the work of a targeted audience.

Information on the theme, program, and focus areas of the conference, along with information on location, registration, and accommodation, can be found at

Information on scholarships from the conference is available at

A list of key deadlines is below. Note that February 22 is the last day to submit abstracts, register for the conference without a late fee, submit skills building workshop proposals, or apply for scholarships from the conference.

Important Dates:

22 February 2006
Standard fee ends (late surcharge begins 23 February 2006)
Abstract submission closes
International and Canadian scholarship applications close
Skills building workshop proposals close

15 May 2006
Late surcharge end (last minute surcharge begins 16 May 2006)

29 May 2006
Late breaker abstract submission opens

31 May 2006
Exhibition requests close

12 June 2006
Late breaker abstract submission closes

We hope that you will consider submitting an abstract to the conference. Please feel free to contact us with questions, or if you would like help with your abstract.

Best regards,

Mary Callaway, Director
Kathleen Foley, Medical Director
International Palliative Care Initiative
Open Society Institute

European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)

Only two years after the program was launched by the ESMO Palliative Care Working Group, already 15 hospitals in Israel , England , Spain , Italy and Switzerland have been accredited as ESMO Designated Centers of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.  ESMO has become a leader in emphasizing the role of oncologists in the management of all aspects of cancer care.  According to Raphael Catane, Chair of the ESMO Palliative Care Working Group, our vision for the upcoming years is to expand the number of ESMO Designated Centers in all geographical regions where ESMO is represented.  Three major areas where efforts and resources should be invested are:

  1. Integration of palliative care services into existing national cancer care plans.
  2. Enhancement of palliative care education and training for medical oncologists as well as for other health care professionals
  3. Expansion of cooperation between existing professional medical associations and organizations to support and sustain palliative care development in different geographical regions.

2006 ESMO Designated Centers

-- Are you a medical oncolog ist and wish to promote palliative care in your institute?

-- Do you think that your palliative care unit offers excellent services to cancer patients and it should be accredited?

 If your answer is “yes” to one of the above questions, then you should certainly submit an application for accreditation as an ESMO Designated Center

 The application form can be downloaded from the ESMO website at


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