Resources and Announcements

2016; Volume 17, No 8, August

Resources and Announcements

Each month, we publish a limited selection of items that may be of interest to our global readership. Contributions are welcomed but please observe the following:

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.


The Pain & Policy Studies Group announces new online tools

The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) is excited to announce the addition of a new tool on our website to explore opioid consumption data, as well as our annual release of the newest (2014) and updated global, regional, and national consumption data for fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, and pethidine.

This new tool, custom consumption graphs for opioid medicines, allows users to select, customize and create charts of the opioid consumption data and download them as either an image file (png) or a PDF for use in presentations or publications. You can explore these data by creating three types of charts and selecting the countries, regions, medicines, years, etc. in which you are interested.

This new tool has become a part of a collection of tools on the PPSG website that can be used to interactively explore these data:

Our thanks to the team at The Pain & Policy Studies Group for alerting us to their latest resources.


Petition to Government of India: Protect Our End of Life Wishes

Please consider signing this petition

In the article titled Why wouldn’t the government let me die in peace published in Manorama Online dated 19 July, Dr. M. R. Rajagopal called for opinions and views from readers regarding end of life care.

“A law covering end of life care is certainly needed. But it should be logical and ethical. Silence, yours and mine, will be dangerous at this juncture. This is our last chance to let the Government of India know our views.”

Pallium India has prepared the following petition to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to protect our end of life wishes. The petition has been drawn up here: Protect our End of Life Wishes.

Please read the petition and sign to show your support. Pallium India will collect all the responses and forward the petition to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Click here to read the petition and sign your support.

Thanks to Dr. M. R. Rajagopal for contributing this and for all his hard work on behalf of palliative care.

International Palliative Care Network Conference 2016 - call for abstracts extended to 15 August

Palliative Care Network (PCN) is now accepting abstracts to be considered for the International Palliative Care Network Conference (IPCNC) 2016 – Lecture Series and Poster Exhibition. The IPCNC is a Virtual Conference with the goal of exchanging Palliative Care Education knowledge for FREE.

The first of its kind in the world, the PCN platform gives you the opportunity to ‘Make the world your audience’. IPCNC will be hosted on PCN’s online community at no charge to participants.

Submit your abstract now!

Deadline for submission is extended to 11:59pm EST (USA), 15 August 2016

Find out more and submit your abstract here.

Any questions, please email Kiran.


Register and reserve your hotel for the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

This year's Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, taking place September 9-10, 2016 in San Francisco, California, boasts faculty from around the world who are experts in palliative care in oncology. These specialists will lead the discussion and offer new insights on a variety of educational topics including the challenges of the emerging field of immuno-therapeutics, use of novel technology in palliative care, and new aspects of radiotherapy. Oral abstract and poster sessions will showcase the emerging data and important studies from around the world in the field of palliative and supportive care. Formal networking opportunities will allow for increased interaction with colleagues and Symposium faculty.

View the program for faculty and session details. Be sure to register and reserve your hotel before rates increase on 27 August. Contact meetings@asco.org with questions.

20th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

As summer simmers down in Houston, Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center will gear up to host the 20th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine on September 16 to 17, 2016. This goal of this activity is to keep physicians up-to-date on advances in technology in the challenging arena of caring for cancer patients in the advanced stages of disease. Recognizing that cancer therapies remain central to treatment, MD Anderson’s conference emphasizes a further need for whole-patient care, along with attention to quality-of-life improvements outside treatment of the primary disease. This includes attending to many dimensions of care including medical, psychosocial, ethical, and spiritual needs. In its 20th year, the Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine offers participants educational updates to help them implement new techniques and treatments into clinical practice to improve patient outcomes and reduce suffering.

Please visit the conference website.

EAPC 2017 15th World Congress in Madrid – Abstract submission now open

It’s time to start thinking about submitting your abstract for the next European Association for Palliative Care World Congress that’s taking place in Madrid, Spain, 18 to 20 May 2017. More information here.

The congress theme, Progressing Palliative Care, reflects the development and growing recognition of the importance of palliative care as an integral part of modern healthcare. Abstracts can be submitted in two categories, either as an oral or as a poster presentation. Abstract submission closes: 16 October 2016.

Further information on the congress, the plenaries, and the parallel sessions is available on the congress website.

Registration is now open.

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