Resources and Announcements

2017; Volume 18, 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.


IAHPC-sponsored Hippocratic to release 14 October 2017 – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

Mike Hill, Moonshine Agency, introduces a new film that will launch on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and explains how you can organize your own screening.

IAHPC holds the honor of being the first organization to sponsor the new feature film, Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World, about the remarkable life and times of Dr. MR Rajagopal, the acclaimed Indian palliative care physician.

This is a must-see film for all those working in palliative care around the world. It is sure to inspire anyone working in the field and demonstrates how a small body of determined spirits, fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission, can alter the course of history.

The film releases on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, 14 October 2017, and complements this year’s theme ‘Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don't leave those suffering behind’.



Dr. MR Rajagopal, or Dr. Raj, is described by the New York Times as ‘the father of palliative care in India’. The film speaks to key themes around ethical medicine, whole-person care, the crisis in pain relief, access to essential medicines, poverty and health care, the medical industrial complex and the joy palliative care brings.

See the film

We encourage all friends of IAHPC to consider screening the film. A range of free tools are available to help you do this on the project website.

If you’d like to invite Dr. Rajagopal to speak at a Hippocratic film event please email us.

For those considering screenings in the India subcontinent, Africa and Latin America, you may be able to access a special fund through the film’s producers to support this activity.


People who care: Relationships at the end of life

The annual Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Conference held jointly with the Palliative Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) – 6 October 2017, Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK


We are interested in learning more about the people who support those at the end of life and their families, carers and communities. This includes research on interventions and models such as public health approaches (e.g. compassionate communities) and volunteer-led initiatives. It also includes support for informal carers as well as support for the professionals who support people at the end of life across settings.

Registration is now open. To receive our early bird rates, register by Monday 4 September.

View the full programme and register here.


Palliative Care Training Course – 9 to 13 October 2017, Kingston, Jamaica


Please join international experts for a five-day Regional Training Workshop in Palliative Medicine provided by the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute (JACCRI).

Speakers include: Mark Stoltenberg MD, Rev. Dorothy Grant, Dingle Spence MD, Bethany-Rose Daubman MD and Alexander Shields, PhD.

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals across the Caribbean interested in deepening their knowledge and improving their skills in palliative care medicine are encouraged to register to attend. To view the full agenda, please click here.

Deadline for applications: 8 September 2017.

Click here for more information and to register online. Or email Mrs. Annette Chambers-Grossett.


21st Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine – 13 to 14 October 2017, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA

Pre-conference review with leading experts: Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Intensive Physicians Board Review – 10 to 12 October 2017


Dr. Eduardo Bruera, Chair of Palliative Care Medicine, and Dr. Sriram Yennu, Associate Professor in Palliative Care Medicine, (and Conference Chair) invite you to join us for these outstanding educational opportunities.

Featured speakers:

Marie A. Bakitas, Eduardo Bruera and Joan M.Teno

The conference should be of interest to palliative care or hospice physicians, oncologists, internal medicine physicians, family practice physicians, psychiatrists, and/or anesthesiologists. Other professionals including: hospice, nursing, psychology, chaplaincy, ethics, and/or sociology.

Click here for more information and to register.

3rd International ICPCN Conference: Inspiration, Innovation, Integration – Call for abstracts . . .


International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) invites all members of the multidisciplinary team to participate in this conference by submitting an abstract via the conference website. The 3rd International ICPCN Conference: Inspiration, Innovation, Integration is set to take place in the city of Durban, South Africa from 30 May to 2 June 2018 in partnership with the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa, PatchSA and Umduduzi, Hospice Care for Children.

Building on the successes of ICPCN’s two previous conferences held in Mumbai in 2014 and Buenos Aires in 2016, this conference promises to bring together a global community of compassionate and dedicated people who work with children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses and conditions and are looking for inspirational ways to provide the finest care for these children and their families.

Visit the website to find out more, submit your abstract and register.

Abstract submission closes 10 November 2017.


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