Newsletter: December 2022 Edition

From the President’s Desk

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

Dear Friends,

We are inching closer to the much-awaited academic fiesta, the 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2023)!

IAPCON 2023, has been designed as a unique scientific conference with track-based sessions on subspeciality topics. Additionally, the minor tracks and the pre-conference workshops are designed to provide sessions on education, end of life care, and theory of change aiming to build capacity in various settings, for any member of a multidisciplinary palliative care team including volunteers, social workers, pharmacists etc. I echo the sentiments of the organising committee to say, “The scientific committee headed by Professor Naveen Salins, promises to make this conference interesting, but with a difference.”

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Announcements / Messages from IAPC

Call for Proposal: IAPCON 2025

Update: IAPC’s upcoming AGBM; Nominations invited for an upcoming vacancy in the IAPC’s Central Council committee

Wade through the recently published ‘WHPCD Celebrations’ in the IAPC’s National Portal

Update from IAPCON 2023: Last date to submit Abstracts extended to 31st December, 2022

Applications invited for the IAHPC’s ‘Recognition Awards Program’

Update from the IAPC and SMA-Nirvana’s ‘Singing for the Stars’: Multilingual program at 3:50 p.m. on 15th December, 2022

The IAPC’s Careers page has been updated to reflect new vacancies from across the country

Call for Support: Your 2 minutes = Someone’s entire lifetime of Peace, Comfort and Dignity!

‘Saath Saath Helpline’: India’s free palliative care helpline

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Education and Training

Apply before 2nd December, 2022, to participate in the IAPC’s course on ‘Managing Psychosocial issues of patients with chronic illnesses in Palliative Care settings’

Apply before 25th December, 2022, for the IAPC’s ‘Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care’

19 candidates trained successfully in the IAPC’s ‘Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers’ conducted in October and November, 2022

The IAPC and the Dharamshila Rahat Medical Centre, New Delhi, jointly sensitise 55 Bio Medical Science students on volunteering for Palliative care on 12th and 13th November, 2022

Nurses from the 20th CNE Workshop organised by the Kalawati Saran Children Hospital, New Delhi, sensitised in basics of palliative care on 2nd November, 2022

The Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Pain and Palliative Care Chapter, successfully organised a panel discussion on ‘Pediatric Palliative Care’ on 2nd November, 2022

60 candidates participate in the 3-day training program conducted jointly by AIIMS Jodhpur, and ELNEC, at Jodhpur, Rajasthan, between 3rd and 5th November, 2022

ELNEC India and IAPC, jointly deliver a 3-day training program for clinicians at Pulwama, Kashmir, between 7th and 9th November, 2022

TWCC and PRPCS jointly sensitise 165 Doctors and Nurses at Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, in the basics of palliative care on 8th November, 2022

Panel Discussion on ‘Palliative care – The missing link in continuum of care’ included in the 3rd IAPSM Young Leaders National Conclave, at Bhubaneswar on 11th November, 2022

Coimbatore Cancer Foundation sensitizes 225 lay people in the basics of palliative care in October and November, 2022

Update from IAPC Academy: Report on activities in November and Sessions planned for December

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Awards and Recognitions

Ms Sheela Rani awarded the prestigious ‘National Florence Nightingale Award’ from her Excellency, Ms Droupadi Murmu, President of India, on 7th November, 2022

Ms Ashla Rani receives the ‘Znehazandram Award’ on 11th November, 2022

Pain and Palliative Care Society, Thrissur, celebrates 25 years of provisioning palliative care services on 4th November, 2022

Pallium India inaugurates a ‘Pediatric Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Clinic’ on 12th November, 2022

CanSupport begins home care services in Sonipat, Haryana, and strengthens services provisioning at Bathinda, Punjab, from 1st October, 2022

Life Care Foundation and Daya Rehabilitation Trust, jointly inaugurate a ‘Physiotherapy Centre’, at Chlackal, Aluva, on 30th October, 2022

Team HBCH&RC, Visakhapatnam, get innovative in delivering quality care for children with cancer

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Interesting Reads

IAPC’s Exclusive Articles

  1. Care, with cure, and beyond…, Dr Manasi Patil and Dr Prajakta D Bhagat, Mumbai, Maharashtra, in commemoration of National Cancer Awareness Day (7th November, 2022)
  2. Kindness: A language by which the blind can see and the deaf can hear!, Palliative Care Physician, India, in observance of World Kindness Day (13th November, 2022)
  3. Palliative care for patients with refractory epilepsy, Dr Shrikant Atreya, Kolkata, West Bengal, in acknowledgement of National Epilepsy Day (17th November, 2022)

Other Compelling reads

  1. They Had No One: 36 Yrs Ago, Surgeon Built India’s First Hospice for Cancer Patients, a republication from the Better India
  2. Are our messages landing? A behaviour change approach to communication by Ms Shelley Enarson, a republication from e hospice

Other upcoming events

Register for the European Association for Palliative Care’s free webinar on ‘The Economics of Palliative Care’, on 12th December, 2022

Register for the webinar on ‘Optimizing the Global Palliative Nursing Workforce to Alleviate Serious Health-Related Suffering’ on 15th December, 2022

Register for the ‘4th & 5th Joint Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer’, Sapporo, Japan, 27th – 29th April, 2023

Abstracts invited for the ‘2023 ASCO Annual Meeting’ at Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2nd – 6th June, 2023

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Managing Psychosocial issues of patients with Chronic Illnesses

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