Resources and Announcements

2016; Volume 17, No 12, December

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.

Free life story and notification service free bereavement service solves two of the biggest challenges families face when a loved one is in hospice care: honoring their loved one’s life story by sharing it with everyone that was a part of it, and letting everyone know when their loved one has passed.

Over 94 percent of hospice patients have indicated they’d like to be part of writing their obituary – and this service helps them do this together while their loved one is with them. It’s an incredibly healing resource for families, and easy-to-use.

The service is currently being shared by over 340 health care providers worldwide, and is available in six different languages. Request a free kit if you’d like to share this modern, meaningful resource with families. New online accredited course

Earlier this year, Canadian Virtual Hospice launched an online course for physicians wishing to improve their knowledge and develop core competencies for methadone prescribing in palliative care. The course is also relevant to pharmacists and nurses managing patients prescribed methadone. To date, over 180 health providers have received a certificate of completion.

This self-directed course is accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. It includes three modules: Introduction and indications for methadone, Initiation for analgesia, and Safety and support for physicians and patients. was developed by Canadian Virtual Hospice and leading palliative pain management specialists, in collaboration with The College of Family Physicians of Canada, The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, and Pallium Canada. Funding for the development of the course was provided by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.


IAHPC announces 20 Traveling Scholarships to the World Congress of the EAPC in Madrid, May 2017

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is pleased to announce it will provide twenty (20) scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care. The Congress will take place in Madrid, Spain on May 18-20, 2017.

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome. In order to apply for a traveling scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Preference will be given to applicants:

EAPC will give discounted registration fees to individuals from countries in the Lower and Lower-Middle income categories. Winners of the scholarships will benefit from this discount and can apply the scholarship funds to off-set the cost of their travel and accommodations. Additional information about the congress is available in the congress website at EAPC-2017 website.

More detailed information about the application process and the online form are available at the IAHPC website here.

Deadline to apply is January 15, 2017. Results will be announced by early February.

If you need information on how to apply please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Manager of Programs and Projects at

Research grants to conduct research in African palliative care – application deadline 31 January 2017

Apply now for research grants to conduct research in African palliative care, as part of the BuildCARE Africa programme, delivered by Cicely Saunders International and the Cicely Saunders Institute.

Up to four grants of £10,000 each are for available for individuals based in Africa to conduct research, receive mentorship form research staff at King’s College London, and to deliver local education and training as part of the BuildCARE Africa programme. View our website for information.

Palliative Care Network: Poster Exhibition 2016 is LIVE

The International Palliative Care Network Conference, held under the auspices of the European Association for Palliative Care, is a virtual conference with free participation and access to conference materials. Experts from over eighteen countries share their works.

Login is required. Create your free account at PCN Community Site. View the posters, leave comments, and ‘like’ the works.

Poster awards sponsored by International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, Latin American Association of Palliative Care, and Palliative Care Research Society, will be announced on December 31 and include one-year membership to the respective organizations and monetary rewards.

View the brochure. Email questions to

Dr M. R. Rajagopal receives Human Excellence Award for Health

Congratulations to Dr M.R. Rajagopal, Chairman of Pallium India, and a Lifetime Board Adviser to IAHPC, on receiving the Human Excellence Award for Health. Dr. Rajagopal was honored at a function at Satya Sai Grana in Muddanahalli, Karnataka, on 23 November. Acknowledging the importance of palliative care in health care, the Satya Sai Lok Seva Trust made a gift of Rs.5 lakhs to Pallium India for its work in the relief of suffering.

Karnataka unveils palliative care policy

The December issue of Pallium News also announces that Karnataka has become the third state in India (following Kerala in 2008 and Maharashtra in June 2013), to have its own palliative care policy. Read about more exciting initiatives in Pallium News.

IAPCON Coimbatore 2017: 24th International Conference, 10-12 February 2017, Tamil Nadu, India

We welcome you to this year’s conference, jointly organized by the G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital and Coimbatore Cancer Care Foundation Trust.

The conference aim is ‘Adding value’ to:

This is an opportunity to meet international and national delegates, to gain new knowledge and showcase your experiences in delivering palliative care effectively to all those who need it. Please join us in what promises to be a most interesting and informative conference. For more information please visit the conference website.

Lessons learned from Rwanda . . . new journal article

We are delighted to announce the publication of the article, Addressing End-of-Life Care in Cancer Patients through “Ubuntu”: Lessons Learned from Rwanda in Global Health Perspective of Humanity by C. R. Ntizimira, S. Ngizwenayo, E. L. Krakauer, M. L. Dunne and E. Esmaili.

Eagle-eyed readers may spot some familiar names among the authors, which include two former IAHPC grantees, Dr. Christian Ntizimira and Dr. Emily Esmaili, as well as IAHPC board member, Professor Eric Krakauer.

Thanks to Dr. Christian Ntizimira for alerting us to this publication. Read the abstract here.

EJPC Palliative Care Development Award 2017 – nominations form now online

Do you know someone who has made a major contribution to palliative care policy development? Why not nominate them for the EJPC Palliative Care Policy Development Award? Click here to nominate. Launched by the European Journal of Palliative Care (EJPC) in collaboration with the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), the award is aimed at professionals working in palliative care worldwide who have made a substantial contribution to policy development through research, clinical practice or as policy activists.

The 2017 Award will be presented at the 15th World Congress of the EAPC in Madrid, Spain (18–20 May 2017). Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017.

Palliative care triage research invitation

If you could only admit one patient to your service today but you have many referrals, which patient would you choose?

Palliative Care is in urgent need of a robust and evidence-based system for triaging referrals in an equitable, efficient and transparent manner. If you are a health professional working primarily in palliative care with at least two years of experience, we want to know your views! Please take part in this world-first international online research project at or for more information email Dr Beth Russell or contact on twitter @DrBethRussell

Read a longer post about the palliative care triage research project.

12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 26 to 29 July 2017 – Online abstract submission open until 30 December

Organized jointly by the Singapore Hospice Council and the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network, APHC 2017 expects to welcome over 1,200 regional and international hospice and palliative care professionals: doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working in the fields of Cardiology, Mental Health, Neurology, Oncology, Paediatrics, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Rehabilitation, Renal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine, as well as others involved in hospice and palliative care.

Writing in the EAPC Blog, Professor Cynthia Goh, said:

“The theme of this conference ‘Greater than the Sum of its Parts’ reflects our aspiration to join together and, in our sharing, find that we are stronger and more greatly enriched than if we were working as individuals in isolation. I hope at this 12th APHC 2017, we shall feel once more the warmth and friendship of belonging to one hospice family.”

Please visit the conference website for more information and to register.
Call for abstracts (deadline 30 December 2016). Guidelines and online submission here.

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