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Introducing the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Toolkit 2016

Author: Kate Jackson, WHPCA
27 September 2016

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2016 is just around the corner. The theme: Living and dying in pain – It doesn’t have to happen, addresses the serious issue of improving access to controlled medications for pain management.

75% of the world has no – or inadequate – access to controlled medications for the relief of moderate to severe pain. This toolkit provides facts and figures, case studies and recommendations for palliative care advocates to use when approaching national decision makers to address barriers to accessing pain relief medications.

This toolkit contains sections on:

  1. Three main barriers to accessing controlled medicines for pain management: Regulatory, education and training, and economic.
  2. Key resolutions, reports, position statements and other important global documents noting the commitment to improving access to controlled medications for pain management, while still preventing diversion and misuse.
  3. Suggestions about how to mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, including examples of planned WHPC Day events, a social media guide, advice on working with the press, and web links to key resources to support your campaign.

The WHPCA encourages all those working in hospice and palliative care and related fields to use this toolkit, and to celebrate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2016.

You can download the Toolkit and other World Hospice and Palliative Care Day resources from the WHPCA website. 

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