2009; Volume 10, No 2, February



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Please welcome new members elected to the IAHPC Board: Stein Kaasa & James Cleary

IAHPC contributes funding to the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Conference (India)

Palliative Care Book of the Month and Book Reviews

Regional Report – Ukraine



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New Advocacy Toolkit Available!!

Note: Although developed for advocacy within the USA , most of the features and principles of advocacy are applicable in other regions and countries of the world.

In the Face of Pain® Online Advocacy Toolkit

The comprehensive toolkit provides pain-specific advocacy information and resources covering topics related to legislative, media, community and professional organizations, as well as advocacy through research and access to care. The website also provides advocates with the ability to research hundreds of current pain-related statistics based on condition, population or issue. A unique feature of the In the Face of Pain® Online Advocacy Toolkit is that it helps advocates create individualized advocacy action plans and educational materials, such as fact sheets or presentations that are tailored to the advocate’s specific area of focus.

Medical Director Course on CD-ROM

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is pleased to announce that the 2008 Hospice Medical Director Course is now available on CD-ROM with audio lectures and PowerPoint presentations. This course is designed for hospice medical directors and those interested in becoming medical directors. Attached is a press release that describes this product.

Visit our Web site www.aahpm.org which will provide more details about this product.

Malawi Medical Journal

The Malawi Medical Journal is a peer reviewed, open access, quarterly, general medical journal published by the College of Medicine , University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi.

Details: http://www.mmj.medcol.mw/


Children’s Hospice International 20 th

World Congress

  Nurturing the Spirit  


Children’s Hospice International (CHI) 20 th World Congress, in partnership with the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN), the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa and technical support from the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, calls for participation of experienced professionals committed to helping others to “nurture the spirit of compassion, knowledge and understanding”, by sharing insights and innovations to overcome challenges faced in providing quality pediatric palliative care. We welcome submissions reflecting the theme from all areas of pediatric palliative care and invite your active participation in this event.  Abstracts may be submitted for concurrent, workshops and poster presentations.

The theme for this World Congress is: Nurturing the Spirit.  There will be three broad tracks - Care, Policy and Development.   We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town this September!

Details: http://www.chionline.org/

Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Online
 Apply now for our new advocacy grants

Welcome to this special issue of Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Online.

Please bring this to the attention of any of your partner organisations or colleagues in resource-poor countries.

Help the Hospices is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Advocacy Grants to support national advocacy activities. The aim of the grants programme is to support the advocacy ideas of national associations based in resource-poor countries. While the grants are aimed at national associations, we know that not every country has a national association. If there is no national association in your country, then hospice and palliative care services can apply. Please email [email protected]
[email protected]?subject=Global_Advocacy_Grants
for more information about this process.

Applications for the Advocacy Grants should be linked in some way to World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with Voices for Hospices on 10 October 2009 . The theme for this year is 'Discovering your voice', highlighting the voices of those affected by hospice and palliative care including patients, families, carers, funders and policy makers from throughout the world.

We want applications that clearly show how planned activities will tackle the barriers that prevent hospice and palliative care development in your country. Some suggestions for potential funding are engagement opportunities with policy makers, fundraising and public awareness raising events or the production of advocacy materials.

Grants are for a maximum of $2,000 (US dollars). The closing date for applications is Friday 13 February 2009 .

These grants are supported by the Open Society Institute.

For more information about the grants programme including eligible countries, visit the* Help the Hospices* http://tinyurl.com/camqkq website.

Assessment of International Model Laws for “Balance”

The Pain & Policy Studies Group recently completed a preliminary review of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) model drug control laws.  The purpose was to determine whether the models provided governments with language they can use to carry out the obligation to ensure adequate availability of opioid analgesics for the relief of pain and suffering, specified in the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 as amended, and as recommended by the International Narcotics Control Board in 1995.  The results showed that current model laws lack the drug availability provisions.

The project was funded by the Open Society Institute.

This document can be viewed at http://www.painpolicy.wisc.edu/internat/model_law_eval.pdf
Comments are welcome and may be directed to David Joranson ([email protected]). 

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Issues Calls for Proposals, Satellite Symposia Applications

IASP is now accepting proposals for Topical Workshops, Topical Symposia, and Plenary Lectures for the 13th World Congress on Pain. Scheduled for August 29 - September 2, 2010 , the Congress will be held at Palais des Congress de Montreal, Canada.

We are also accepting applications for potential Satellite Symposia to be associated with the Congress.

For complete descriptions and details, and to view and/or print the official Calls, please visit the following pages on the IASP website:

Call for Topical Workshops, Topical Symposia, and Plenary Lectures:

Call for Satellite Symposia Applications:

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, March 31, 2009 .


If you have questions not answered on the website, please email [email protected]

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is pleased to announce the first 48 fellowship programs in hospice and palliative medicine have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Web site www.aahpm.org for more information.

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