Newsletter: May 2023 Edition

From the President’s Desk

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

Dear Friends,

Days and months are flying fast! In this very fast paced life, we are also running towards doing our best to fulfil our duties.

While we are still trying to fully internalise and incorporate the enormous knowledge shared during IAPCON 2023, the wheel is already turning for us at the IAPC, as we find ourselves already involved in preparing for the next academic feast, the 31st Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2024). On behalf of the IAPC and the organising committee of IAPCON 2024, I am excited to share a few updates and also wholeheartedly invite each of you to IAPCON 2024…

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Announcements / Messages from IAPC

IAPCON 2024: Registrations open; Submit proposals to conduct pre-conference workshops before 31st May, 2023

The IAPC’s Delhi State Chapter inaugurated with success and grandeur on 15th April, 2023

The WHPCA launches the Universal Health Coverage Advocacy Guide; Join their webinar on 17th May, 2023

Follow / Like us on the IAPC’s Social Media to stay connected!

Join us for the IAPC and SMA Nirvana’s National multilingual edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’ at 3:50 p.m. on 10th May, 2023

Head over to the IAPC’s Careers page to view the 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 30th May, 2023, for the June batch of the IAPC’s ‘Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers’

27 candidates trained successfully via the IAPC’s ‘Course in the Physiotherapy – Palliative Care interface’ on 29th April, 2023

ELNEC India trains 20 Nurses from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, to become ELNEC Trainers in Palliative Care Nursing

BHT – KIPCER organises a 10-day ToT program in palliative care for 15 Doctors from Odisha between 10th and 20th April, 2023

Shanti Palliative Care Center, Siliguri, in association with IAPC, sensitises 31 volunteers between 14th – 16th April, 2023

NHM Telangana trains their in-service Doctors, Nurses, and Physiotherapists in palliative care between 27th March and 22nd April, 2023

46 clinicians from across the country participate in the CTCs Refresher program in New Delhi, between 29th April and 1st May, 2023

AHPGIC, Cuttack, organises a sensitization program on ‘The Integration of palliative care in oncology’ on 29th March, 2023

NHM Arunachal Pradesh orients and sensitises various in-service stakeholders in the basics of palliative care on 31st March, 2023

CanSupport sensitises officials from the Delhi State Legal Services, in the basics of palliative care, on 30th March, 2023

Update from IAPC Academy

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Awards and Recognitions

Ms Savitha S. becomes the first female CEO of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, since its inception 39 years ago

Ms Stella Jacqueline Matthew awarded the ‘Muthu Pen Award 2023’ on 2nd April, 2023

North Karnataka gets its first hospice ‘Ramila Prashanti Mandir’ at Hubballi, on 6th April, 2023

MPMMMCC Varanasi relaunches free home care services from 13th April, 2023

The Palliative Care Society Imphal celebrated its 8th anniversary on 16th April, 2023

RIMS Ranchi, Jharkhand, establishes a Palliative Care Unit on 19th April, 2023

Dr S N Medical College, Jodhpur, inaugurates a Palliative Care OPD on 23rd April, 2023

KeSVF in collaboration with CCH begins free home based palliative care service provisioning in rural Maharashtra from March 2023

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Interesting Reads

IAPC’s Exclusive Articles

  1. Intersection of Palliative Care in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A New Frontier?’ by Dr Jyothsna Kuriakose, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April, 2023)
  2. World Art Day: Role of Art, Artist and Art Therapy in Palliative Care’ by Ms Pragati Adhikari, Bengaluru, Karnataka, in celebration of World Art Day (15thApril, 2023)
  3. Reflections on innovation and creativity in palliative care’ by Dr Fiona Rawlinson, Cardiff, United Kingdom, in acknowledgement of World Creativity and Innovation Day (21st April, 2023)

Other Compelling reads

  1. Adding Life to Years’ a republication from Dr Ann Thyle’s personal blog
  2. How Nurses can use data to drive more personalised care’ by Louise Cave, a republication from e hospice

Other upcoming events

Register for the ‘Cicely Saunders International Annual Lecture 2023’ on 22nd May, 2023

Registrations invited for the EPEC Pediatric Trainer Conference, 22nd – 24th May, 2023

Last chance to register for the ‘Advance Care Planning Conference’, 24th – 27th May, 2023

Register for a webinar on ‘Systematic Reviews’ on 26th May, 2023, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (IST)

Participate in the EAPC’s webinar ‘The Care of Public Health Palliative Care’ 31st May, 2023

Registrations open for the ‘Creating Connections Palliative Care Conference 2023: Changing Policy and Practice’, 20th June, 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
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