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2006; Volume 7 , No 8, August



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Meetings / Events           Thank You Notes


Dear Colleague,

It is our pleasure to invite you to Budapest , Hungary to attend at the 10 th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), to be held June 7-9, 2007 at the University Congress Centre ELTE.

The biennial EAPC Congress has the ambition to be the most important palliative care event worldwide. All palliative care professionals and volunteers are welcome and shall feel at home at the Congress. The Congress slogan is "Connecting diversity" which is a melting pot of relevant research, evidence based knowledge, policy and public health issues. All the professional fields from academic science to clinical palliative care will be covered.

The main topics of the congress (plenary and follow-up lectures): A global perspective of palliative care; Complementary Medicine; Cultural and religious aspects; Education and learning; Loss in the family; Palliative care for children; Pharmacology - new developments; Quality of palliative care; Resilience of palliative care; Sedation, physician assisted suicide and euthanasia; Symptom control; The cognitively impaired, classification, diagnosis and treatment.

For more information and to register (for delegates from Central and Eastern Europe there will be a possibility to apply for a limited amount of travelling grants including free registration supported by OSI), please visit or contact Blaguss Congress Bureau (Professional Congress Organiser) at [email protected]
If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send us your postal address to the e-mail address above.

Important Dates:

Online abstract submission (
September 1 - November 30, 2006

Early registration deadline:
February 28, 2007

We believe that the scientific tradition of EAPC combined with the attractive city of Budapest will meet the interest of as many participants from the West as usual, but we also hope to welcome many new participants from the Eastern European countries.

We look forward to seeing you in Budapest .

Dr. Katalin Hegedus
Chair, Local Organizing Committee
10 th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care 2007
E-mail: [email protected]


Challenge in Choice: 16th Biennial Conference of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Sponsored By: Dying With Dignity Canada

Event Location: Toronto, Canada
Date Of Event: September 7 - 10, 2006

Event Description: This conference is open to the public, but particularly interesting to medical professionals; hospice & palliative care providers; advocates of choice; doctors; lawyers; anyone interested in the complexities of end-of-life, featuring a diverse 2-day program with international leaders and experts.

Contact Information: Dying With Dignity Canada
Phone: 1.800.495.6156 or 416.486.3998
Email: [email protected]


Hospice Regulatory Boot Camp

Sponsored By:
Weatherbee Resources Inc. & Hospice Network of Maryland

Event Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Date Of Event: September 27-29, 2006

Event Description: An Intensive 3 day workshop designed to respond to a need in the hospice industry for an in-depth program that covers all aspects of Federal regulations that govern hospices. The program is designed for senior level hospice executives including State hospice association directors, program CEOs, clinical directors and compliance officers. Whether new to hospice (the program is an excellent orientation to the hospice regulatory environment) or a seasoned hospice professional, the information, resources, discussion, and case studies provided during this three day program will challenge, inform, and guide participants through the regulatory maze that all hospice programs must understand.

Contact Information: For any further information contact the Network office at: 410-729-4571 or e-mail: [email protected]
(Complete brochure available on website: under educational event tab)


World Day logo which links to the World Day website

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

October 7th 2006

Access to Care for All

Update, July 2006

Register your events | PR and Press | Poetry | Poster and key messages | Petition | languages | Contact us
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a day of unified action to support and celebrate hospice and palliative care around the world. The Day is organised by hospice and palliative care organisations from around the world. To see a list of our partners go to

1. Register your events

The website has now been re-launched. Please go to to register your events or get ideas on activities and events you could do. If you already have events and activities planned in October, think about whether you can incorporate them into World Hospice and Palliative Care Day to maximise interest.
Events taking place around the world include rallys in India, a fundraising beauty contest in Zambia and a play and debate in France.

2. PR and press

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has given his backing for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2006 and has called on individuals and governments to give their support. To see his message of support, go to

The latest press release and a generic PR plan are available to download at


3. Poetry

Life Lessons is a poetry initiative for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. People with life threatening illnesses and those affected by death and dying are invited to submit their poems on the website.

All poems will be published on the website and an international anthology will be created for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. For more information about Life Lessons go to

If you would like to use any of the poems on the website for your publicity for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, please contact [email protected].


4. Poster and key messages

The key messages document gives questions and answer about World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2006. The document details the main points that we would like to communicate for the Day. This document is available at

The poster is available on the website at Please print and distribute it to promote World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2006 in your region or country.


5. Petition

The petition for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2005 is available to download with over 5500 signatures from 128 countries around the world. Use to it to campaign for better access to palliative care in your country.

Download the petition. Please note that this document is 7MB.

If you would prefer us to post the petition to you on CD or hard copy to you, please email [email protected].

6. Languages

Documents are available on the website in the following languages:

German -
French -
Portuguese -
Spanish -

If you are able to help with translating documents in other languages, please email us.

7. Contact us

If we can do anything to support your activities or events for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, please contact us at [email protected] or call +44(0)207 520 8250.
Copyright: Help the Hospices, 2006.




Thank you notes

Dear Liliana,

Just to gratefully acknowledge receipt of the 2nd Ed of Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine which I collected from the post office today. The book has gone into the dept of medicine library at our medical school.

Thanks a lot,

Jane Bates
Tiyanjane Clinic
Blantyre, Malawi


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