Newsletter: March 2023 Edition

From the President’s Desk

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

Dear Friends,

With the unique and innovative conference, the 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care 2023 (IAPCON 2023), the true metamorphosis of Palliative Medicine in India has begun. This conference was organised between Friday, 10th February, 2023, and Sunday, 12th February, 2023, with the sole agenda to add a new dimension to the country’s palliative care lanscape by transforming the range and scope of India’s Palliative Medicine. The conference at the NIMHANS convention center, Bengaluru, was marked with the attendance of over 700 delegates from India and abroad, in which 80 national and 40 international speakers shared their knowledge with the world in over the 90 scientific sessions!

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Announcements / Messages from IAPC

Update: The Supreme Court of India eases the process for Advance Medical Directives (Living Will) and withdrawal of life support treatment!

Calling the poet in you! Submit your original work in poetry before 15th March, 2023, to publish it on the IAPC’s national platform

Update: Highlights from the IAPC’s AGBM held on 11th February, 2023, in Bengaluru

IAPCON 2023 concludes with immense success and grandeur

The APHN announces and invites applications for the ‘Cynthia Goh Award’

The WHPCA announces the theme for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

Leverage the IAPC’s Social Media to stay connected!

Join us for the IAPC and SMA-Nirvana’s ‘Singing for the Stars’ programs in March

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

Scholarships available for The Cardiff University MSc in Palliative Medicine for Healthcare Professionals

Applications invited for the IAPC’s third online batch of the Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy

IAPC and TMH Mumbai, jointly conducted hands-on palliative care training program for 68 clinicians from Bihar, between 16th – 22nd January, 2023, at HBCHRC, Muzaffarpur

IAPC in association with NHM Arunachal Pradesh, conducts a 2.5 day palliative care training program for 36 clinicians in Arunachal Pradesh, between 17th and 19th February, 2023

HBCHRC, Visakhapatnam, in collaboration with NHM, Andhra Pradesh, conducts a phased ToT program to train 22 clinicians in the principles of palliative care oncology, through February and March 2023

Dr Frank D Ferris’s visit to Jaipur: The ‘Farooq Abdullah Oration Award’ at SMS Medical College, Jaipur, and a CME on pain and palliative care at BMCHRC, Jaipur

PCSI, RIMS, and NHM Manipur, jointly conducted ‘Pallicon 2023’ between 3rd and 4th February, 2023, at Imphal, Manipur

A ‘National workshop in Qualitative Research Methodologies’ was conducted jointly by the CCRYN, AIIMS Raipur, Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India, and Unit of Palliative Medicine, AIIMS Raipur, on 3rd February, 2023

SVYM, Mysore, in association with GAMC, Bengaluru, sensitise over 100 with the concepts and principles of palliative care on 4th February, 2023

NHM Ladhak, trains 12 Nurses and 2 Medical Officers from Leh, in the basics of palliative care on 14th February, 2023

Golden Butterflies’ trains over 100 nursing students via it’s first ‘Certificate Course in Paediatric Palliative Care’ for Nursing Students on 15th and 16th February, 2023

The Department of Emergency Medicine, and the Department of Palliative Medicine, KMC Manipal, MAHE, conduct a communication skill workshop between 17th and 20th February, 2023

ICPCN launches a a new e-learning course in Hindi

Update from IAPC Academy

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Awards and Recognitions

Bangalore Hospice Trust (Karunashraya) wins the IAHPC’s ‘Institutional Recognition Award 2023’ under the LMIC category

JLN Medical College, Ajmer, begins a ‘Department of Palliative Medicine’ at their hospital on 5th February, 2023

Golden Butterflies Children’s Palliative Care Foundation completed 5 years of service provision to child patients and their families on 8th February, 2023

The Department of Medicine, KMIO, Bengaluru, inaugurates ‘Neravina Kare: Call for care’, telemedicine services on 15th February, 2023

A 5 bedded palliative care ward has been inaugurated at Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital, Muzaffarpur, on 18th February, 2023

Life Care Foundation celebrates their 4th year anniversary on 19th February, 2023

Athulya Senior Care and Pallium India collaborate to provide palliative care services for seniors in South India

Dr Sarita Singh and Dr Manish Kumar Singh publish ‘CBS Handbook on Pain and Palliative Care’ on 3rd January, 2023

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Interesting Reads

IAPC’s Exclusive Articles

  1. Human Fraternity -“Fellow Travelers, Sharing the Same Flesh”, Dr Odette Spruijt, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, in commemoration of International Day of Human Fraternity (4th February, 2023)
  2. Women of Substance in Palliative Medicine’, Dr Vidya Viswanath, Vishakapatnam, in observance of International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11th February, 2023)
  3. Social Justice and Palliative Care, Ms Anu Savio Thelly, Pondicherry, in acknowledgement of World Day of Social Justice (20th February, 2023)

Other Compelling reads

  1. Living and Letting Go in the ICU, a republication from Pulse -Voices from the Heart of Medicine
  2. Food and the Dying Patient, a republication from The New York Times
  3. A doctor writes on the importance of palliative care and treating patients with empathy’, a republication from e hospice – International Children’s edition

Other upcoming events

Register for a webinar on ‘Management of Neurological Symptoms’ on 16th March, 2023, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (IST)

Register for a webinar on ‘The Pros and Cons of using Big Data’ on 22nd March, 2023, between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (IST)

Last chance to register for the ‘South African Palliative Care Conference’, 26th – 29th April, 2023

Early bird registrations open and Bursaries announced for the 15th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference 2023, 4th – 7th October, 2023

Register for the International Conference on Palliative Care and Hospice Nursing, at Dubai, UAE, 25th – 26th May, 2023

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