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Promoting Hospice & Palliative Care Worldwide


2005; Volume 6, No 8, August



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

Tributes: To Dame Cicely Saunders

Article of the Month:
Dr. Ripamonti

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Roger Woodruff, MD

IAHPC Board Member’s Page:Must Oncology be our Home?

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Dr. William Farr

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Correspondence from an IAHPC Traveling Scholar

Dear Liliana De Lima,

I recently completed the Certificate Course in Pain and Palliative Medicine at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin. Thanks to IAHPC's sponsorship, it was possible for me to attend the course. The training was very comprehensive. It has given me the confidence to take total care of patients. I plan to practice palliative care regularly. I have now joined with Dr.Mallika Tiruvadanan and I am working along with her in The Lakshmi Pain and Palliative Care Trust, Chennai. I wish to thank you once again for making it possible for me to train in Palliative care.

Warm Regards,
Dr. Subathra Muthukumaran


Free Online Course for Nurses and Carers has today launched its fourth, free online course for nurses and carers. The 'Introduction to Palliative Care Nursing' course is a practical learning resource that allows learners to study at a time that suits them. The course has been developed by Bob Becker. Bob holds a full-time, Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, joint teaching appointment between Staffordshire University Faculty of Health and Science and the Severn Hospice in Shropshire, England.

The intention of the Introduction to Palliative Care Nursing course is to highlight and examine the diversity and the challenges inherent in the nurse's contribution to palliative care. After providing a general introduction to palliative care nursing, the course offers a series of self-assessment exercises to help a nurse reflect upon their own competence in the area, and to draw up an action plan for self-development.

New and existing registered learners can enrol on the course via the website at:

Since the launch of our first course, the response to the site from nurses across the world has been tremendous and has enabled to begin to develop a range of new courses. All of these courses are being written by experienced cancer nurses who have volunteered their knowledge and experience for the benefit of their colleagues worldwide.

Courses currently under development include:

- Cancer of the Stomach
- Cancer of the Lung
- Pain and Symptom Management
- Stoma Care
- Management of Skin-Tunnelled Central Venous Catheters
- Hypercalcaemia in Malignant Disease
- Introduction to Childhood Cancer


Recent Articles

Improving the Use of Hospice Services in Nursing Homes A Randomized Controlled Trial
David Casarett, et al.
JAMA. 2005; 294, 211-217. View the abstract here


Research in End-of-Life Care

The recent issue of Academic Medicine 2005; 80, (7) , July contains several articles on end-of-life care. Go to URL:


First Annual World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

The first annual World Hospice and Palliative Care Day will take place on October 8, 2005.

To make this a successful event that raises public awareness and knowledge about palliative care around the world Open Society’s (OSI’s) International Palliative Care Initiative has made eighteen $1,000 grants to hospice and palliative organizations and associations in 16 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia and Africa.

The funds will support a wide range of palliative care advocacy initiatives including: palliative care education programs for health care professionals and public education materials in Albania, Armenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Tanzania and Zimbabwe; developing donation boxes placed in the community to support local hospices in Moldova; television program on hospice and palliative care in Mongolia; photography and art exhibits on palliative care in Armenia, Hungary and Slovenia; national news conferences on end of life care in Hungary, Poland and Slovenia; fundraising events like “Voices for Hospice” concerts to support local hospice and palliative care programs in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, South Africa and Tanzania; and a fundraising walk/run marathon in Kenya. A $10,000 grant was given to the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care to support a wide range of hospice organizations in developing countries to design effective world hospice palliative care day initiatives.


From the Pain & Policy Studies Group

University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center

World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Policy and Communications in Cancer Care

"Promoting pain relief by improving public policy and communications"

WHO Guidelines now available in 11 languages

Dear International Colleagues,

This is to inform you that the 2000 World Health Organization guidelines, “Achieving Balance in National Opioids Control Policy” are now available via our public access website in *Bulgarian, German, Lithuanian, Polish, and Ukrainian* as well as English, French, Italian, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish. As you may know, WHO designed these guidelines for governments and healthcare professionals to assess national opioids control policies and their administration to determine if they contain the provisions, administrative procedures and cooperation that are necessary to ensure availability of opioid analgesics for pain relief and palliative care. These guidelines are an essential tool in our ongoing work in Eastern Europe to improve patient access to pain medications.

The WHO guidelines, now available in all 11 languages, can be found at

We are grateful to the Open Society Institute for its ongoing support of work in Eastern and Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union countries.
For more information, please contact Karen Ryan at [email protected].

Please also visit their web site at URL:


10th Biennial Symposium on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & Cancer: Committed to Eliminating Disparities

April 19-23, 2006
Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, DC

Abstract Deadline: October 31, 2005
Scholarship Deadline: November 30, 2005

Hotel reservations, scholarship and abstract information may be obtained online after September 15, 2005 at . . .
Download PDF flyer now at . . .
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The 3rd Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference & the 5th Hong Kong Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care

Date: 11-12 November 2005
Venue: Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers

Email: [email protected]


Hospice and Palliative Care Study Seminar in Britain
sponsored by the Hospice Education Institute

London, England,
March 26-April 7, 2006

Three Unity Square
PO Box 98
Machiasport Maine 04655


The Art and Science of Cancer Medicine
Sponsored by Hospis Malaysia & Malaysian Oncological Society

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sept 23 - 25, 2005

For information and registration please contact:
Malaysian Oncological Society Secretariat: [email protected]


Building Palliative Care Programs in Hospitals: Tools and Strategies for Success
Sponsored by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

October 17-19, 2005
Westin Horton Plaza San Diego, USA

For registration and information:
1255 Fifth Ave, Suite C-2
New York, NY 10029
Ph (212) 201-2680
Fax (212) 426-1369
Email: [email protected]


16th Annual Provincial Conference on Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Sponsored By: Humber/Ontario Palliative Care Association

Taking Place: Toronto
Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date Of Event: April 23-25, 2006

Event Description: This annual conference attracts over 500 participants, including physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers,program managers and coordinators, and other practitioners interested in end-of-life care.

Contact Information: To receive program information, or to have your name added to our distribution lists email [email protected] or call 416-674-2472
Event Website:


Palliative Care in Heart Failure: Moving Forward Together
Sponsored by the National Council for Palliative Care

5th December 2005
Centennial Centre, Birmingham

To downlaod an information and registration flyer:

For additional information contact
Sofia Rahman, Events Coordinator at
[email protected]


Fourth International Palliative Care in the 21st Century Conference
Sponsored by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and The

Professional Education Center of The Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System
Thursday, September 8, 2005
Columbia University, New York

Please visit here to read more about this event, download the PDF brochure and the program agenda, or register online.
For further information please contact:
Naim Gribaa
Email: [email protected]

The Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System
120 West 106 Street
New York, NY 10025
Tel: 212-870-4762 Fax: 212-870-4611


Suffering and Hope: An interdisciplinary conference on the ideas underlying the medical specialty of palliative and hospice care
Sponsored by the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas

November 10 -13, 2005 Houston, USA

For registration, call for papers, and updates:
Or send an email to: [email protected]


European Conference on Palliative Care
Sponsored by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

October 20-25, 2005
Belgrade, Serbia

For information and registration:

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