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World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 8 October 2015

08 October 2015

In the world hospice and palliative care news roundup we bring you the top hospice and palliative care stories published daily in world media. This service allows you to stay up to date with news, stories and opinion pieces from around the globe.

Ohio inmates help other prisoners face death in hospice program

US – News-Herald

Scott Abram is a counselor trained in a national ministry program who sees his volunteer work as part of his own growth. Behind bars since the early 1990s for murder, he has gotten used to spending time with male prison friends as they die in rooms 205 or 206 on the second floor of the state's prison for chronically ill inmates.

The case for palliative care advocacy: Much ‘more’ to be done

EAPC blog

Clinicians will only be able to banish the brutal words “nothing more can be done,” from their vocabulary when palliative care is universally integrated into public and private health healthcare systems and made “as available as air,” as one of my Ugandan colleagues recently put it, writes Katherine Irene Pettus.

Achieving shared ambitions for end of life care

UK – NHS England blog

Dr Ros Taylor, national director at Hospice UK, explains how hospices are ready to play their role in delivering the very best end of life care.

Home is not always the best place to die, says end of life care expert

UK – The Independent

The commonly held belief that home is the best place to die may be a myth, according to an expert in end of life care, who said more should be done to improve people’s experience of dying in hospital.

'Kerala's palliative care is the best in India'

India – On Manorama

India has been ranked as one of the worst places in the world to die but Kerala was praised for bucking up the trend by providing good end of life care, according to an 80-country "quality of death" study.

Much to be said for graceful exits

New Zealand – Southland Times

Truly skilled and well-resourced palliative care can be more than a mercy; it can be liberating during the end-stages of life. The flip-side, sadly, is that its absence can be brutal.

High interest in Māori grief support group

Radio New Zealand

The Mary Potter Hospice in Porirua started story-telling group sessions in July led by three well-known Māori authors, who share stories either from their own experiences of bereavement or from Māori mythology.

Shelter home for terminally ill in Thrissur

India – The Hindu

The Pain and Palliative Care society will construct a shelter home and a day-care centre for the terminally ill. The centre will be set up at Olarikkara.

When my patient died alone, I felt hollow. But to whom did I owe an explanation?

Australia – The Guardian

My hospital sees its fair share of isolated, disenfranchised patients. For those who die without tributes or tears, doctors and strangers are often the only mourners, writes Ranjana Srivastava.

Organizations across the country dedicated to our nation’s veterans facing serious illness

ehospice USA

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s We Honor Veterans program is celebrating its five year anniversary; NHPCO renews its partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Expansion to Marie Curie Fast Track Service in Glasgow to enable more patients to die at home

ehospice UK

Marie Curie has announced an extension to its Fast Track Service in Glasgow, which will enable more patients in the south of the city to die at home.

Tweet today about hidden lives and hidden patients

ehospice Australia

Later today harness the power of twitter to share your views on unmet palliative care needs by joining a tweetchat organised by Palliverse and Palliative Care Australia.

HPCA Conference 2015: Catching up with David Praill

ehospice South Africa

During our annual HPCA Conference which took place last week, I managed to chat with David Praill, previous Chief Executive of Hospice UK, previously known as Help the Hospices.

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