2014; Volume 15, No 4, April


International Federation on Ageing (IFA) 12th Global Conference on Ageing Symposium. Hyderabad, India, June 10-13, 2014. The main theme of the conference is “Health, Security and Community”

While the upcoming conference already features one symposium on this topic entitled “The Ageing Process as the Main Underlying Cause of Non-Communicable Diseases," the IFA and Heritage Foundation believe that the importance of this thematic area cannot be understated. With so much of the work around ageing being social-science centric, a biological perspective offers a unique lens through which to view the issue. Without considering the biological impacts of the ageing process, it is impossible to fully understand the ramifications of ageing on our society, and similarly impossible to develop measurable interventions that can address some of the specific health issues that often accompany the ageing process.

Also cultural differences, divergent rates of economic development, and several other factors help to explain why certain countries have more developed care facilities with better established standards and regulations than others.

Many of the human rights pertaining to older people are left unprotected - a problem exacerbated by rapid population changes - by existing human rights charters which require updates.

This is if you are an academic working in these fields, we are interested in hearing from you!

More information here.

Call for papers for forthcoming special edition of Palliative Medicine: “Palliative care in critical care settings”

Guest edited by Professors Julian Bion and Maureen Coombs

This Special Edition is focused on developing our knowledge of the care of patients nearing the end of their lives in intensive and critical care settings. These patients will have life-threatening organ system failures, often in the setting of severe chronic disease, or they may be at risk of developing critical illness and need sensitive discussions about treatment goals and limitations. We welcome original research which offers insights into the support of patients, families and professional caregivers in these care settings. Research is likely to address transitions, as the primary focus of care moves from prolongation of survival to the alleviation of suffering.

Our aim is to publish rigorous empirical original research, reviews, research methodologies or theoretical works. We are seeking interdisciplinary contributions from across health and social care that will appeal to an international audience of clinicians, researchers, managers, educators and policy makers.

Papers may address pediatric or adult critical care or both. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

We welcome original research which offers insights into the support of patients, families and professional caregivers in these care settings. Research is likely to address transitions, as the primary focus of care moves from prolongation of survival to the alleviation of suffering.

Before submission authors should carefully read the journal’s Author Guidelines here.

Submission of papers that do not meet these requirements will not be processed through the system. Authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through Manuscript Central.

Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2014.

For further information please contact the Editorial Office:

Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) 2014 conference.
15-18 September, 2014, Lagoon Beach Hotel, South Africa.

HPCA is now accepting abstracts to be considered for the 2014 conference. The aim of comprehensive care and support – palliative care is to improve patient outcomes. The theme for the HPCA 2014 conference: Who Cares? Improving Patient Outcomes supports this initiative. We are inviting members from PEPFAR Partner organizations, South African Government, Tertiary institutions, and other Community organizations to submit abstracts for oral (25 min) or poster presentations and for workshops (11/2 hours).

The following tracks and track categories serve as a guide for workshop and presentation abstracts.

Track 1: Policy
Track 2: Capacity building
Track 3: Improved retention and referral systems
Track 4: Tuberculosis

Submit your abstracts online using the 'Submit an abstract' link in the left column on the conference website. Abstract submission closing deadline: 28 April 2014.

For additional information please contact Delshe April at

ehospice Latin America

The Latin America edition of ehospice was launched earlier this month. ehospice America Latina is a website and free app bringing you the latest hospice and palliative care news and developments from the region.

Available online, on tablet and on mobile smart phones, ehospice AL brings together the expertise and experience of the hospice and palliative care community in Latin America.

At the touch of a button you have access to news, research, coverage of major meetings and conferences, policy developments, updates from individuals and organizations working in the field, personal stories and much more.

Visit us at

ehospice is an international collaboration: the Argentinian Association for Palliative Care (AAMyCP), with the support from the Latin American Association of Palliative Care (ALCP) is working with 10 other palliative care organizations from around the world to help improve access to knowledge and good practices in order to support better care.

You can get involved in this exciting new venture by:

You can submit your articles and comments through our homepage or by sending an email to

Remember to visit us!!

Jorge H. Eisenchlas MD, MSc
Manager ehospice America Latina
Maipú 474, 4to "B"
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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