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IAHPC Hospice and Palliative Care Newsletter


2005; Volume 6, No 6, June



What's New?

Many ways to help support palliative care.

Main Index:

IAHPC's Homepage

Message from the Chair & Executive Director:
Kathleen M. Foley, MD
Liliana De Lima, MHA

Article of the Month:
Dr. Ripamonti

IAHPC Traveling Fellow’s Report:
Vivek Khemka, MD

IAHPC Traveling Scholar’s Report:
Martha Ximena Leon, MD

Book Reviews:
Roger Woodruff, MD

IAHPC Faculty Development Award Report:
Msemo Diwani. MD

'The Right to Die' and 'The Right to Live' Debate:
Dr. Derek Doyle

Regional Reports: From the Czech Republic and Nepal

What's New

Webmaster's Corner:
Anne Laidlaw

Editor's Notes:
Dr. William Farr

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IAHPC What's New?

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the posting of a new Country Report for Nigeria, which can be found at the following address:

Over the coming days, a further 18 reports from countries within Africa will be posted. We encourage you to keep returning to our site for further updates at:

With best wishes,
The Observatory team.
Anthony Greenwood

Information Support Officer
International Observatory on End of Life Care
Institute for Health Research
Bowland Tower East Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YG United Kingdom
Tel: 01524 594976 Fax: 01524 525250
Email: [email protected]

International Observatory on End of Life Care Research Summer School - July 2005
For further information:

Visit our not-for-profit publishing arm, Observatory Publications.


13th International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care

Dear friends,

We are extremely happy to inform you that our website is ready and you can get all the information regarding the 13th International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) being organised by the Chennai Association of Palliative Care at Chennai on 10,11 and 12 February 2006. You can download the registration form from the website.

We will be happy to answer any queries. We look forward to your participation and sharing your ideas for the overall successful outcome of the conference.

Warm Regards,
Mallika Tiruvadanan
Organising Secretary


HIV/AIDS and Human Resources

A short summary of an editorial in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization on HIV/AIDS and human resources, 2005, April 83 (40) can be read at:


East Delhi

This is to inform you that Sr. Leonarda, a nurse on our home care team and coordinator of our CanSupport centre in East Delhi, recently went to London to receive the prestigious ‘Best Palliative Care Nurse of the Year Award, 2005’ which has been jointly instituted by Macmillan Cancer Relief and the International Palliative Journal of Nursing.

Sr. Leonarda has been with CanSupport, a not-for-profit organisation that runs free home care and day care services for people with terminal cancer and their families, since 1998. This award is of great significance for not only does it bring international recogntion to our home care programme, but it also draws attention to the pivotal role that nurses play in the delivery of palliative care. To quote Sr. Leonarda, after she received the award at a glittering ceremony held on the 18th of March at the Savoy Hotel, London , “I was overjoyed to be in the company of caring people from different parts of the globe united by a common purpose. Receiving this award has given recognition to the role of nurses in palliative care. This Award will continue to inspire me and my colleagues to work harder for the comfort of our patients. None of us can do this work alone. We work as a team. I was touched by the joy experienced by all my team members when I received this award. It was as if each one of us had been recognised. Above all, there is a sense of pride that CanSupport has got the international recognition it deserves”.

Harmala Gupta
President CanSupport (caring for people with cancer)
Address: Kanak Durga Basti Vikas Kendra Sector 12, R.K. Puram,
New Delhi-110022
Tel: 26102851, 26102869
Fax: 26102859
Email: [email protected]


Journal of Palliative Medicine Update

We are pleased to announce that the first three volumes of Journal of Palliative Medicine (1998-2000) are available online for the first time! Now in its 8th volume, these original twelve issues are replicas of the print edition. We are offering a special package price of $49* for a personal online subscription or $99 for institutional/library access. To order this valuable back issue package, please visit
or recommend this offer to your library by forwarding this message to your librarian.

Enhance your resources and searching options by adding these early issues to your current subscription. If you don't already receive JPM, now is the time to subscribe to the full online collection of the leading publication in the field.

Journal of Palliative Medicine, the official publication of AAHPM, is the leading peer-reviewed journal on hospice and palliative care featuring the latest information and protocols that enable you to provide optimal care to your patients. To view a complimentary online issue, and to subscribe, visit

*AAHPM members will be able to access these issues at
at no extra charge.



14 th-16 th July 2005

Organised by: Singapore Hospice Council and Singapore Medical Association

What can course participants expect?

A foundation in the principles and practice of palliative medicine applicable to all major specialties.  This course will increase professional confidence and competence in the management of patients with terminal illnesses.  There will be didactic lectures, tutorials, workshops and panel discussions which  will impart skills such as symptom  control,  communication  with patients and their families, dealing with psychological problems and  the  use  of  hospice  services  in Singapore. Course participants  will also  have  unique opportunities to personally assess patients and  to  discuss the most appropriate management strategies with palliative care physicians and other specialists in the field.

Who should attend?

Any doctor (medical officer, specialist or family physician) who is interested to learn about Palliative Care. Palliative Care is defined by WHO 2002 as “An approach which improves quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early detection and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain problems, physical, psychological and spiritual.”

Venue, Facilities and Fee

Auditorium, Level 3, Hospice Care Association, 12 Jalan Tan Tock Seng (308437). Lunch, morning and afternoon teas will be provided. Fee: $250.00 (inclusive of lunch and teas)

Enquiries and accommodation for foreign participants

Singapore Hospice Council Secretariat. Tel: 6256-2677 Fax: 6258-9007
Email: [email protected]
Closing Date: 5 July 2005


9th Annual Interdisciplinary Approach to Symptom Control, Palliative and Hospice Care

FEATURING: Palliative Care Board Review

Sponsored By: The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center,
Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine

Houston, Texas October 14 - 16, 2005

Event Description:

Attendees of this conference will learn state-of-the-art pain and symptom management. Effective communication with patients and families at the end of life and issues of hope and grief in patients and families dealing with advanced diseases will be discussed. Also to be discussed are moral and ethical dilemmas facing clinicians who provide end-of-life care. BOARD REVIEW for candidates eligible for The American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine will also be offered. This review will feature world re-known educators in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

Contact Information:

Jennifer Anderson, Department of CME/Conference Services
Email: [email protected]

Event Website: Palliative Conference Homepage


2005 Seminar in Health Care Ethics

Sponsored by The University of Washington School of Medicine

August 1-5, 2005
University of Washington Campus Seattle, USA

Information and Registration:
Continuing Medical Education
1325 4th Ave, Suite 2000
Seattle WA 98101-2506
Ph (206) 543-9496


Palliative Care Training Act (Introduced in the US Senate)  

The bill states, “To amend the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care medicine at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools and to promote the development of faculty careers as academic palliative specialists who emphasize teaching…..”

US residents may want to read the act. If they find it useful, they might want to support this act by writing to their government representatives. Colleagues in other countries may also find this document of help as they attempt to expand palliative care education in their region.

Go to URL:
Then insert S. 1000 into the Bill Number Box and click Search


Current Concepts in Palliative Care: Update and Review Course

Sponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

San Antonio , Texas , USA
Hyatt Regency San Antonio August 25-27, 2005

Course information and registration:
PO Box 839
Glenview IL 60025


Hospice Medical Director Course

Sponsored by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

San Antonio , Texas , USA
Hyatt Regency San Antonio August 25-27, 2005

Course information and registration:
PO Box 839
Glenview IL 60025


The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)

Now accepting abstracts for its 3rd Annual Conference, 16 ­ 19 February 2006 , at the Amelia Island Plantation, in Amelia Island, Florida. The meeting is dedicated to /Synthesizing Research, Advocacy and Program Development to Optimize the Quality of Care.

Please visit for abstract submission and more information on the meeting.
The deadline to submit an abstract is 11:59 pm EDT , 5 August 2005.

APOS has confirmed the following Invited Speakers for the 3rd Annual Conference:

   * Barbara Andersen PhD, The Ohio State University, opens the conference with a presentation on psychosocial interventions at the Opening Plenary;

   * Kathleen Foley MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will be present to receive the 4th Holland Distinguished Leadership Award for her important contributions to the field;

   * David Spiegel MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, will address “Stress and Cancer: Innovations in Biopsychosocial Interventions, Endocrine and Immune Function.”

APOS is proud to announce the following Preconference training sessions, scheduled for Thursday, 16 February 2006:

· Persistence Pays Off: Funding Opportunities for Psychosocial Oncology Research

Coordinator: Diana Jeffery PhD, National Cancer Institute

· Supporting Parents with Cancer and their Children

Coordinator: Anna Muriel MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital

· Hypnosis as an Intervention

Coordinator: Joel Marcus PsyD, Scott & White Memorial Hospital & Clinics

· Psychiatric Aspects of Palliative Care and Symptom Management

Coordinator: William Breitbart MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

· Patient Advocacy Training

Coordinator: Kim Thiboldeaux, The Wellness Community

· Creative Solutions with Technology

Coordinator: Mitch Golant PhD, The Wellness Community

· Statistics and Study Design for Psychosocial Oncology

Coordinator: Christopher Recklitis PhD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Program Subject to Change


Geriatric Oncology: Cancer in the Elderly

6th Meeting of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology
September 29th - October 1st, 2005
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center Geneva , Switzerland

Abstract Deadline: July 1st, 2005

Information and registration:

Email: [email protected]
Phone +39 039 23 26 183
Fax +39 039 33 09 918


2005 National Hospice Palliative Care Conference

Kaleidoscope:  dialogue and diversity in hospice palliative care
September 25 - 28, 2005
Shaw Conference Centre Edmonton , Alberta

The Preliminary Program and Registration Form for the 2005 National Hospice Palliative Care Conference is now available on the CHPCA Web Sites for download!

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