2015; Volume 16, No 3, March


Celebrating success: Dr Nandini Vallath receives 2015 Palliative Care Award

Dr Nandini Vallath

Professor Sushma Bhatnagar, Editor of the Indian Journal of Palliative Care and Head of Anaesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, and a board member of the IAHPC, writes:

The Cancer Aid Society, which holds a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), recognizes excellence and leadership in palliative care from amongst medical and paramedical professionals of the eight countries in the SAARC region (the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation), through its prestigious ‘Palliative Care Award’.

Nandini Vallath, consultant for Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (Pallium India), is the recipient of this award for the year 2014-2015 for her skilful collaborations with non-governmental organizations and government offices to formulate and develop policies, and for her outstanding contributions in clinical practice, advocacy and education. She worked with lawyers, clinicians and policy analysts and contributed significantly towards the recent landmark amendment of the restrictive clauses of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act at the Indian parliament in February 2014, through which the access to opioid-based pain medication would be improved. Dr Vallath also coordinated the expert group that worked with the Ministry of Health in developing the National Program for improving Palliative Care services across India.

Palliative Care: Fit for the Future 1 – 4 September 2015, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia – abstract submission open until 13 April

Join 900 passionate supporters of palliative care at the most important conference of the year…

Be a part of the 13th Australian Palliative care Conference and share your work with your peers at the biggest palliative care event of the year. The conference theme is Palliative Care: Fit for the Future and we welcome your contributions with project reports, research presentations workshops and posters. There will be concurrent sessions each day of the conference and we want to hear from you.

Click here for all the information you need, including sub themes, submission types and how to submit.

Closing date for abstracts: Monday 13 April 2015.

Multi-Professional Week: Principles and Practice in Palliative Care – London, UK. 14-18 September 2015

St Christopher’s is proud to announce our new and improved Multi-Professional Week: Principles and Practice in Palliative Care. This popular and longstanding course has been carefully reviewed and updated to ensure that we continue to provide you with high-quality training that will offer the greatest benefit to attendees.

This week-long course, held at St Christopher’s Hospice in London, UK, is an opportunity for professionals, new to palliative care, from all health and social care disciplines and all countries, to explore together, the key principles and current issues related to palliative and end of life care practice.

You will leave empowered and equipped to more confidently apply your new understanding and skills into your own practice and to effectively influence or even lead others in the development of new services. Course participants will leave with the following:

Course fee: £750. A limited number of places are available for Multi-Professional Week and early booking is advised. For the full range of topics covered, and to download an application form, please visit our website. Or contact the Education Administrator: Email: or Phone: + 44 (0)20 8768 4656.

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