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2008; Volume 9, No 2, February



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World Hospice and Palliative Care day on 11 October, 2008

 “This year’s theme is ‘palliative care is a human right’. We are currently looking for stories and ideas from around the world that support and highlight this theme, and that will help us to grasp the interest of the international media so that we can get some high profile coverage of this issue…”

A public relations and press trip is planned, however we need your input. Propose stories that “demonstrate why palliative care is so essential and why it should be considered as a human right.”   Some examples:

  • “Individual stories that are exceptionally moving and powerful and point to an underlying trend or highlight a particular issue…
  • Examples of legal cases where people have taken (or are currently taking or are planning to take) their local health authority to court – successfully or otherwise - in order to get palliative care that is not otherwise forthcoming…
  • Any new research/statistics due to be published this year about e.g. access to services, levels of funding, new trends, significant medical developments, availability/take up of training or evidence of changes in service provision…
  • Any new innovations that are making a big difference to people’s lives…
  • Any celebrity contacts with an international profile that could be persuaded to take part in media interview(s) and/or provide a message of support that we can use in press materials…”

The above is quoted, in part, from an appeal by

Jo Pratt
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The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)
NCPC is delighted to announce the launch of their new compendium on dementia: Creative Partnerships: Improving Quality of Life at the End of Life for People with Dementia.  Go to:



The US National Institutes of Health Mandate Open Access
"The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall require that all investigators funded by the NIH submit or have submitted for them to the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication: Provided, That the NIH shall implement the public access policy in a manner consistent with copyright law."
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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute also announced a similar open access mandate but with a 6 month timeframe for making articles public.

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