From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

I am very excited to share that the much-awaited Academy of Palliative Medicine (APM) is now formally established with the signing of an MoU at Bengaluru, on Sunday, 29th February, 2022, between the IAPC, the Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunshraya, and the Suprajit Foundation. Years of hard work towards the development of specialist Palliative Medicine Training in India is now inching one more step closer to reality. 

The IAPC is indebted and grateful to the Suprajit Foundation for their financial support towards establishing the Academy, and the Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunshraya for their support to provide office space for the Academy. I also thank Dr Naveen Salins, Dr Nagesh Simha, Dr Mary Ann Muckaden and all the others involved for their support and guidance in making this dream a reality.

I am happy to share that the IAPC’s new dedicated webspace, ‘Careers’, was published on the IAPC’s website on Tuesday, 31st, May, 2022. This space will feature current vacancies in palliative care from across the country and also allow you to post vacancies from your center on the IAPC’s website. Please click here to view the same.

May, was also otherwise rich with activities and with the planning for activities in June.

The IAPC celebrated the International Nurses Day on Thursday, 12th May, 2022, by presenting a compilation of a few of our Superhero Palliative Care Nurses from across the country, whose details we received from various organizations in response to the IAPC’s invitation to celebrate their Superhero palliative care nurses. We are grateful and truly overwhelmed for the responses towards this initiative to Celebrate our Superhero Palliative Care Nurses. A total of 36 organisations participated in Celebrating their Superhero Palliative Care Nurses. We extend our deepest gratitude to all the contributors for their enthusiasm, efforts, and cooperation towards the successful completion of this project. Please click here to read about these Superhero Nurses. 

I am thrilled to share that the IAPC will be presenting to you all a unique webinar on Thursday, 2nd June, 2022, to shed light on a very important but neglected topic, ‘Understanding Women in Sex Work- A first step towards inclusion in Palliative Care services’. We invite you to participate in this webinar, and strongly recommend that you don’t miss this opportunity to hear the voices and concerns of these women directly from the field. Further details about the webinar is available in the ‘Announcement / Messages from IAPC’ section of this newsletter. 

The 5th online batch of the IAPC’s much awaited course, the ‘Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care’ has been announced and is scheduled to begin on 9th July, 2022. We invite you and your colleagues to apply for this training program for Doctors and Nurses. We would like to also bring to your attention that in this batch, a few select clinical sessions will be held separately for Doctors and Nurses. Please click here for further details about this course.

Our collaboration with the Shankar Mahadevan Academy (SMA) Nirvana, will bring to you another melodious and refreshing musical evening ‘Singing for the Stars’ on Tuesday, 21st June, 2022, at 4 p.m.. The session for June will be presented by Ms Shruti Bhide, a Playback singer, a Performing artist and a Music educator. I request all the Palliative care Institutions to please make arrangements to broadcast this free online event to all the patients and the caregivers at your institutions. Lets us join hands to present our Stars with a melodious evening. Please click here for further details. I would like to also Congratulate Mr Ashwin Prabhu, for his scintillating performance and for bringing smiles on the faces of the audience on Sunday, 15th May, 2022.

IAPC undertook another unique attempt to celebrate World Laughter Day by organizing ‘An evening of Laughs with Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi’ on Monday, 9th May, 2022. I thank Dr Chaturvedi for sharing his time and presenting us with a laughter filled evening. Please click here to watch a recording of the session, in case you missed it.

On behalf of the entire palliative care community, I would like to congratulate Dr Gayatri Palat for being recognized Globally for her work by Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration; and Pallium India for bagging the IAHPC’s Institutional Recognition Award. Wish you both the very best and continued growth!

Congratulations to all the others for establishing new centres in Palliative Care, for surpassing milestones in their journey in palliative care and for the successful conduct of various activities towards developing Palliative Care in the country.

I also thank Ms Joan Marston, Dr Jenifer Jeba and Dr Tullika Seth for contributing such lovely articles towards this month’s edition of the newsletter. Your contribution has definitely enriched our Newsletter!

Please also note that the last date to submit an expression of interest to conduct pre-conference workshops for IAPCON 2023, has been extended to Thursday, 30th June, 2022. I invite all those interested to please share your proposal in the required template. Please continue reading this newsletter for further details about this. Do visit the conference webpage for further information about the conference and to register for the same. Let’s make IAPCON 2023, a grand success!

Take care.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
President, IAPC