IAHPC asks recipients of its $2,000 USD Traveling Scholarship grants to write a report of the events they attend. This is a report on a summer ethics course.
Erna Rochmawati, PhD, Universitas Muhammdiyah Yogyakarta
Bantu, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Palliative care, and especially dementia care, is still developing in my country. Although there is an increasing awareness about palliative care, dignity care and ethics in dementia care is still not often discussed. Attending the summer course in Belgium, “Ethics in Dementia Care,” enabled me to gain new knowledge, skills, and understanding regarding ethics in dementia care.
I will use the new educational experience by teaching dignity care and ethics in palliative care for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Indonesia. In addition, I will include information about dignity care and ethics in a book on palliative care that I am writing at the moment. Adding these topics to the book enables me to use the new knowledge and acquired skills to the advancement of palliative care in my home organization, and in Indonesia.
Providing dignity care for patients with palliative care needs is important not only because we provide humanized care, but we also provide ethical care. This course has deepened my understanding of how to use the newly available health technology and, prior to using it, the necessity of providing more consideration of the ethical point of view.
To find out more about IAHPC’s Program Support Grants, and our Traveling Scholarships and Traveling Fellowships, please visit our website. Through these programs we support projects and individuals around the world, especially in developing countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
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