2015; Volume 16, No 8, August


Each month, we publish a limited selection of items that we feel will be of interest to our global readership. Content is welcomed but please observe the criteria for inclusion:

Please also consider promoting your education and training events in the IAHPC Global Directory of Education in Palliative Care. It’s quick and easy – just submit your content online.

Opioid Price Watch Project – opportunity to participate

By Liliana De Lima, Executive Director, IAHPC, and Dr Sami Ebtesam, Coordinator, Opioid Price Watch.

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has launched the second round of Opioid Price Watch (OPW), a project to monitor and report the dispensing price of opioids around the world. This project is as a component of the agreement of work as a non-governmental organization in formal relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). This project was funded with a seed grant from the US Cancer Pain Relief Committee.

IAHPC developed and implemented a pilot in 2013 to test OPW and reported the information collected on the availability, prices and affordability of five opioids (fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone) in 13 formulations. The pilot project was completed in 2014 and the report published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management available free to all (Open Access). The published report presents data on availability, dispensing prices and affordability submitted by 30 participants from 26 countries.

Using the data on availability and dispensing prices, IAHPC calculated the affordability of a one 30-day treatment of morphine and developed a Google map housed in the IAHPC website.

Win three months’ free membership to IAHPC by taking part

In this second round, individuals from all over the world will be collecting data on the availability and dispensing prices of opioids and submitting it to IAHPC. Individuals interested in participating in this second round of OPW will receive three months of free IAHPC membership!

To participate in this exciting project and take advantage of a unique opportunity to be part of a strategy to increase awareness about access to pain treatment around the world, or to learn more about OPW, contact Dr. Sammi Ebtesam, Pharm D., OPW Coordinator.

3rd Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium – 22–23 October 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Prof. Philip J Larkin, keynote speaker at the 3rd Australian Palliative Care Research Colloquium

Take the opportunity to hear from, and network with, over 20 presenters at this two-day event including keynote speaker Professor Philip Larkin, President of the European Association for Palliative Care.

Broaden your horizons by participating in a workshop with Anne McKenzie on ‘Engaging Consumers in Palliative Care Research’ or brush up on your qualitative research skills with Prof. Alex Broom who will show you ‘how to put the quality, back into qualitative research’ by utilizing multiple approaches.

The nine plenary sessions will touch on topics such as managing multisite studies, why keeping your statistics knowledge up to date is essential, and digging deeper into the ethical dilemmas that occur in palliative care research.

To view the program, submit an abstract or register, please view the conference website.

Palliative and Cancer Care in China 12 – 25 March 2016

Explore Chinese approaches to cancer care, palliative care and pain management on our specialist professional study tour to enchanting China.

Learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine and meet with Chinese medical professionals through visits to leading Chinese hospitals, medical schools and a local clinic. There is also a superb cultural itinerary that takes you to the major sites as well as off the beaten track to offer an insider’s view into China. Visit imperial Beijing, ancient Xian, beautiful Guangxi Province, the water town of Suzhou and finally contemporary Shanghai. Highlights include visiting the Terracotta Warriors and Tiananmen Square, seeing the Great Wall, cruising down the Li River and experiencing the Chinese high-speed train.

This tour, led by Professor David Bell, will particularly appeal to oncologists, cancer nurses, palliative care practitioners and those interested in holistic therapy.

The cost of the tour is £1,995 per person or AUD $ 4,390 (excluding international flights). Further information can be found on our website.

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