2011; Volume 12, No 04, April


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Please Welcome Our Three New IAHPC Board Members

Dr Fraser Black - Canada

Dr. Fraser Black (MD, CCFP, FCFP) is Associate Director of the Palliative Access Program (PAX) of the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR) and has worked on palliative care initiatives in many countries including Nepal, India, Tanzania and Brazil. He has practised palliative care over the last 14 years providing care to both adults and children. He is currently the Medical Director of Victoria Hospice in Victoria, Canada as well as a Consultant with the BC Cancer Agency. He is an Associate Clinical Professor with the University of British Columbia as well as International Associate Faculty Member with the Institute of Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice.

Dr Yvonne Luxford – Australia

As CEO of Palliative Care Australia, Dr Yvonne Luxford interacts and collaborates with all levels of government, health professionals, service providers and advocacy bodies in an effort to achieve high quality health care which is accessible and culturally appropriate.
Yvonne has particular interests in Indigenous health, chronic disease prevention, and equity of access to healthcare. Her previous roles include Manager of Policy and Advocacy for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, SEO of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and several years as a university lecturer in various health related subjects. She has qualifications in philosophy and higher education, and her doctoral thesis explored a mixture of policy and medical issues with a focus on child oral health. Yvonne has held positions on various boards and senior committees across sectors including health, higher education, housing and childcare.
Yvonne is keen to assist the development of strong links with other countries, particularly those in the Asia-Pacific region, where access and levels of expertise in palliative care need to be more equitably shared. She also hopes to increase levels of local member engagement and to raise the local profile of the mission and vision of IAHPC.

Professor Lukas Radbruch - Germany

Professor Lukas Radbruch is the chair of palliative medicine at the University of Bonn, in the Western part of Germany. He was the first chair of palliative medicine at the RWTH Aachen University in Aachen from 2003-2010. Professor Radbruch attended medical school in Bonn, Germany, specialized in anaesthesiology and completed his habilitation (the German equivalent of a PhD) in 2000 in Cologne.
His main research interests include symptom assessment, opioid treatment, fatigue, cachexia and ethical issues in palliative care. Professor Radbruch is involved in European palliative care research collaboratives and coordinates the project Access To Opioid Medication in Europe, which is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission.
He is president of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), a board member of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and a member of the Drug Commission of the German Medical Board, the EAPC Research Network Steering Committee and the Expert Commission of the German Narcotic Control Agency. He also is editor of Der Schmerz.

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