2022; Volume 23, Number 1, January

Apply Now for Scholarships to a Public Health Conference in Bruges

IAHPC scholarships are available for the 7th Public Health Palliative Care International Conference (PHPCI 2022) taking place September 20-23, 2022, in Bruges, Belgium. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2022. Results will be announced at the end of May. Applicants from all disciplines are welcome to apply; they must be IAHPC members when applying and also at the time of the conference.

Detailed information about the application process as well as the online form are available on the IAHPC website here.

A Members-Only Benefit: Improve your advocacy

Modules of the IAHPC Advocacy Course created by Dr. Katherine Pettus continue to unfurl. In addition to the open access Introduction, made available in September 2021, IAHPC members now have unlimited access to both Module 1, released in October, and Module 2, released in December.

Dr. Pettus recommends that the video lectures be viewed in order, as each module builds on the others.

As of December 31, 17 IAHPC members had viewed Module 2, which focuses on advocacy for essential palliative care medicines. Module 1, which outlines the global advocacy framework, including the institutional landscape, has been viewed by 80 members.

Module 3, expected in January, continues the focus on essential medicines.

Each module is accompanied by a list of resources and a quiz for those who wish to earn a certificate.

If you have forgotten your membership number, which is needed to access the course, go to the IAHPC Members’ Section and select Did You Forget Your Membership Number or contact Genevieve Napier. If you are not a member, you can join for as little as $20 USD (for an individual, year-long membership of someone living in a low-income country as defined by the World Bank classification).

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What’s New in the IAHPC Calendar of Events


IPOS 2022 World Congress. “Reimagining Psychosocial Oncology: Embracing Voices From Around the World.” In person. August 29-September 1, 2022. Toronto, Ontario.


Current Issues in Palliative Care 2022. Conference. In person. April 28, 2022. London.

12th World Research Congress of the EAPC. Virtual congress. May 18-20, 2022.


Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In person. February 9-12, 2022. Nashville, Tennessee.

State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Care. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine symposium. In person. February 11-13, 2022. Nashville, Tennessee.


XIII Congreso Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Cuidados Paliativos. “Dando Valor a la Vida.” In person. June 9-11, 2022. La Palma.

Access all items in the IAHPC Calendar of Events.

What’s New in the IAHPC Global Directories

IAHPC Global Directory of Educational Programs


Advocacy Course for Palliative Care.University College Hospital, Ibadan.


Pediatric Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine Fellowship. Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona.

Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/duPont Hospital for Children Program, Wilmington, Delaware.

Palliative Medicine Fellowship. HCA Healthcare/USF Morsani College of Medicine GME/Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Program, Hudson, Florida.

Promote your education and training events in the IAHPC Global Directory of Educational Programs in palliative care. It’s quick and easy—just fill out the Add a new listing page online.

IAHPC Global Directory of Institutions and Organizations


Vilca Hospice, Vilcabamba.

Sint Maarten

Sint Martin’s Home


MyWishes, London.

Michael Sobell Hospice, Northwood.


Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, Austin, Texas.

Gain visibility by adding your institution, department, or organization that provides palliative or hospice care to the IAHPC Global Directory of Institutions and Organizations. Simply fill out the Add a new listing page online.

Do you have any questions regarding the IAHPC Calendar of Events and IAHPC Directories?

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In other news

Upcoming Special Issue: The role of pharmacists in palliative care

Submissions are being accepted until August 20, 2022 for a special issue of the journal Pharmacy on “The Role of Pharmacists in Palliative and End of Life Care.”

Guest editor Dr. Eleanor Wilson welcomes the submission of comprehensive reviews, original research articles, case reports, and “insightful commentaries.” A diverse list of issues of interest as well as details regarding the submission process, including instructions for authors, are available here.

Call for Papers on Equity-Orientated Care

Submissions are being accepted until March 4, 2022 for a special issue of the journal Palliative Medicine on equity-orientated palliative care. The call for papers states that they “must demonstrate relevance with content that clearly relates both to palliative care and to populations that experience structural and systemic barriers to high quality palliative care.” The journal has a particular interest in publishing “empirical research on the views and experiences of communities and people impacted by structural inequities and illuminates innovative models of palliative care delivery... [and encourage] contributions from those in the palliative care research workforce who have been impacted by structural inequities themselves, such as Indigenous and racially minoritized researchers.”

More information is available here.

Free Online Course on Spinal Injuries and End-of-Life Care

A free, online course for health care professionals on end-of-life care for people with spinal injuries has been launched by the Spinal Injuries Association in the UK. “A Fulfilled Life: The Final Chapter” aims to fill a knowledge gap by giving “information about spinal cord injuries and specialist care required in the final stages of life, which is too often lacking in a general nursing/care setting.”

Manual for Health Care Workers in Sri Lanka

The second edition of the Palliative Care Manual for Healthcare Professionals in Sri Lanka, published in October 2021, is available for download free of charge here.

The 438-page manual covers skills (such as effective communication), symptom control (beginning with pain), clinical problem management of common disorders (such as respiratory ailments), special patient categories (older persons and children), home care, and topics on end-of-life care (such as role of the family, and ethics).

Each month, we publish items that may be of interest to our global readership. Contributions are welcomed.

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.

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