Resources and Announcements

2016; Volume 17, No 10, October

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.


Virtual Hospice – Free Online Tool

Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief

Indigenous people are commonly underserved in the healthcare system and their access to palliative care is among the lowest in Canada.To help improve quality of life and quality of care that is culturally safe and inclusive, Canadian Virtual Hospice and a team of Indigenous researchers, health providers, patients and families developed Indigenous Voices: Stories of Serious Illness and Grief. Indigenous Voices supports First Nations, Inuit and Métis living with advanced illness and their families and also serves as a rich educative tool for health providers.

In this video and print series, Indigenous people from across Canada share stories of caring, tradition, grieving and healing in 170 video clips organized by theme and eight patient and family handouts related to palliative care, end-of-life care, and grief.

Funding for Indigenous Voices was provided by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

View the Indigenous Voices series here.

Access is free of charge to all.

Online education for those who care for older adults – more resources

Maria Wellisch and Nina Guerra of mmLearn.org

As the number of seniors who wish to age in place at home continues to grow, there is an increasing reliance on home healthcare services. This is especially true as healthcare reform puts pressure on hospitals and other care facilities to send patients home sooner. This in turn leads to a rise in the demand for home health care services, yet there is a lack of information available to seniors, caregivers, senior living communities and clinicians to help them choose which provider best fits their needs.

To combat this, mmLearn.org, a primarily free, non-profit web-based video training resource, is preparing a new video series along with resources on home health and what people need to know. Their goal is to give home health companies access to fresh perspectives.

In addition to the new videos, mmLearn.org has many videos on its site that home health care agencies will find very useful.

The International Palliative Care Network Conference 2016 – Lecture Series now online

The International Palliative Care Network Conference (IPCNC) kicked off on Monday, 3 October 2016. Complete the online registration form in order to access content.

Please note that there is no fee for the registration.

IPCNC is hosted on PCN’s (Palliative Care Network) online community at no charge to participants. The IPCNC is a Virtual Conference with the goal of exchanging Palliative Care Education knowledge for FREE. Palliative Care professionals from all disciplines and regions of the world participate in presenting lectures and posters.

Please register here. Or email for further information.

Palliative Care IS Public Health: Principles to Practice
17 to 20 September 2017, Ottawa, Canada

Abstract submission now open!

This conference builds on the international momentum of the first four conferences held in India, Bangladesh, Ireland, and England, and invites the world to gather again, this time in Canada’s national capital. The three-day conference takes place in Ottawa during the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s confederation, and will feature a number of esteemed international speakers, abstract-driven workshops, oral presentations, and posters focusing on the five conference themes.

The 2017 conference themes are:

Program features Include:

Six plenaries, including the opening plenary, Palliative Care as Public Health?? Really?, plus many other features such as Canadian First Nations’ presentations and ‘Fireside chats’ with noted experts in public health and palliative care.

Click here for more information and to register.

Closing date for abstracts: 24 October 2016.

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships for 5th International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) will provide scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the 5th International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference. The IAHPC will begin accepting applications soon. For additional information please email Genevieve Napier.

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference –
20 to 23 September 2017, Ottawa, Canada

Coming to the 5th International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference? Check out our partner event, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference,

Special rate available for attendees of both conferences, please check Public Health & Palliative Care Conference or Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference for more details.

EAPC 2017 Congress Update

Abstract submission closes on 16 October 2016

The 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care is only a few months away – and there are just a few days left in which to submit your abstract!

Abstracts form a large part of the congress programme and can be submitted in two categories, either as an oral or as a poster presentation. All abstracts must be submitted using the electronic abstract system. Check the online abstract submission here

EAPC Researcher Awards 2017 – Applications welcomed. Closing date for applications: 30 November 2016

There are three EAPC researcher awards (Early Research, Post-Doctoral Researcher and Clinical Impact Researcher) awarded to scientists and clinicians for their outstanding contributions to the field of palliative care.

Please check our website for further information
Applications will be accepted until 5pm on 30 November 2016.

Get inspired – read about former EAPC Research Award winners on the EAPC Blog.
The Scientific Committee of EAPC 2017 look forward to receiving your abstracts and applications and to seeing you in Madrid.

2nd Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer – 16 to 17 June 2017, Japan

Plan to join us for the 2nd Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer in Japan. This global conference is based on palliative oncology and psycho-oncology, focusing mainly on the development of these research areas, and seeks to contribute to cancer care centered on Japan and Asia.

The program includes the participation of many internationally recognized speakers.

Dr. William Breitbart will deliver the keynote lecture: Meaning-centered Group Psychotherapy in Aadvanced Ccancer Ppatients

Please view the conference website for more information, or email the conference secretariat.


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