Newsletter: April 2023 Edition

From the President’s Desk

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to share the ongoing efforts of the palliative care community in India towards improving the provision of quality palliative care services to the millions of patients across the country who are in need of such services. It is heartening to see that the entire palliative care community is making every possible effort towards designing and providing quality training programs and initiating service provisioning across the country. In this newsletter, we have tried to compile and present to you the recent activities in palliative care from across the country.

March has been busy for us at the IAPC…

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Announcements / Messages from IAPC

We really need your help: IAPC’s Member Database updation

The IAPCs webinar on ‘Advance Medical Directives and withdrawal of life support treatment’, conducted successfully on 21st March, 2023

Holding hands by sharing experiences’ project launched on 18th March, 2023

A Symphony of Words: A Collection of Poems’ published on 24th March, 2023

Join us on IAPC’s Social Media to stay connected!

Join us for the IAPC and SMA Nirvana’s regional edition (Maharashtra and Goa), ‘Singing for the Stars’ at 3:50 p.m. on 11th April, 2023

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

SpiDiScI-PC (Spiritual Distress Scale for Palliative Care in India) now available for use

Applications invited for the ‘IAPC’s Course in the Physiotherapy – Palliative Care interface’

31 pharmacists successfully complete Part ‘A’ of the IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy on 11th March, 2023

The APM’s and the ISN’s ‘Masterclass – ImPaCT NephroCare’, hosts its first live session on 18th March, 2023

BMCHRC, Jaipur, hosts a ‘field visit’ for 120 CHOs from across Rajasthan, on 4th and 16th March, 2023

Dr Gilly Burn delivers a session on ‘The Art of gentle dying: A philosophy of Palliative care’ at SGRDUHS, Amritsar, on 9th March, 2023

NHM Bengaluru, sensitises 33 PHC Nurses from Urban Bengaluru on 13th March, 2023

NHM Assam organises a four day orientation program in Palliative and Elderly Care for 44 Medical Officers between 13th – 16th March, 2023

QICON 2023, conducted successfully at St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, 14th – 15th March, 2023

NHM Arunachal Pradesh, sensitises District Officers and Health and Welfare Officers, in the basics of Palliative Care in March, 2023

ELNEC India trains 63 Nurses at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, between 23rd and 25th March, 2023

23 Staff Nurses from Leh District trained by NHM Ladakh, in the basics of Palliative Care on 24th March, 2023

Pallium India and NHM Ladakh, organise the sensitisation of 120 CHO’s from across Ladakh in basics of Palliative Care in February and March, 2023

Update from IAPC Academy

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Awards and Recognitions

JLN Medical College, Ajmer, receives approval from NMC to offer MD in Palliative Medicine

Dr M R Rajagopal bestowed with the ‘Distinguished Mentor Award’ at GARC 2023 on 16th March, 2023

Dr Naveen Salins awarded the EAPC’s ‘Clinical Impact Award’ on 20th March, 2023

The ‘Stone laying ceremony’ for Alpha Hospice was held on 15th March, 2023

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Interesting Reads

IAPC’s Exclusive Articles

  1. Reflections from a palliative care volunteer counsellor Ms Madhu Juneja, New Delhi, in commemoration of National Safety Week (4th -10th March, 2023)
  2. Equitable Palliative Care, Dr Joris Gielen, Pittsburgh, USA, in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21st March, 2023)
  3. Role of Pediatric Palliative Care and Down’s Syndrome, Dr Mohammad Ishak and Dr Spandana Rayala, Hyderabad, in acknowledgement of World Down Syndrome Day (21st March, 2023)

Other Compelling reads

  1. How Dr Muckaden walked the palliative care talk’, a republication from Hindustan Times
  2. Easing of rules in India to support right to ‘die with dignity’, a republication from the Straits Times
  3. Artificial Intelligence has no role in palliative care…or does it?’, republication from the EAPC Blog

Other upcoming events

Attention Nurses! Register for the free webinar, ‘A Celebration of Nursing Around the World: Sustaining progress against the odds’, 11th May, 2023

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

Submit abstracts before 14th April, 2023, for the 15th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference 2023, 4th – 7th October, 2023

Early bird registrations now open for the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2023, 13th – 15th September, 2023

Registrations invited for the 6th International Conference on Palliative Care Medicine and Hospice Nursing, at London, UK, 26th – 28th June, 2023

Register for the 7th International Conference on Palliative Care, Hospice, and Wellness at Tokyo, Japan, 20th – 21st July, 2023

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Certificate Course on Essentials of Palliative Care

Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers

Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy

IAPC’s Course in the Physiotherapy – Palliative Care interface

IAPC Academy Lecture Series

Managing Psychosocial issues of patients with Chronic Illnesses

PC Centre Directory of India

State-wise list
of Palliative Care centres in India

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