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Welcome to the webpage of the International Primary Palliative Care Network.

The Network comprises general practitioners, family practitioners, and researchers from a range of disciplines including social sciences and oncology from several countries. Every continent is represented in our membership.

The aim of the group is to provide collegiate support to like-minded individuals, who are committed to see palliative care practiced as a core part of comprehensive primary care practice. This involves advocating for improved recognition of the role of primary care in the delivery of palliative care. The group also aims to encourage primary palliative care researchers to present their work and to explore the possibilities of international collaboration. Finally, the group recognises the huge need for palliative care in developing countries and hope to assist local practitioners in these areas to develop sustainable and effective services.

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Conference Calendar

 Month Conference Date Details
 August 2016African Palliative Care Conference (APCA) Kampala 16-19 August 2016Primary Palliative Care presentations from S Murray and L Grant
 November 2016 WONCA World Conference Brazil 2-5 November 2016 G Mitchell and S R Correal IPPCN Meeting
    
 February 2017 Indian Association of Palliative Care, Coimbatore 10-12 February 2017 (Preconference meeting will be on the 9th) Alan Barnard coordinating IPPCN meeting
 May 2017 EAPC conference 
Madrid, Spain
 18-21 May 2017 
 May 2018 EAPC research conference
Bern, Switzerland
 26-28 May 2018 Plenary and parallel sessions

EAPC Primary Palliative Care Steering Group

The vision of this newly formed group is that 'Palliative care is fully integrated in primary care systems internationally so that all patients have early access to a palliative care approach in the community'. The input from specialists in palliative care to enable a palliative care approach to be available in the community is critical, and we are confident that the establishment of this group by the EAPC will support the necessary leadership from SPC to support the work of this group.

The first meeting, that took place on Friday 10 June 2016 during the EAPC Research Congress in Dublin, was an enthusiastic meeting attended by a lot of IPPCN members. 

Looking ahead, Primary Palliative Care will feature strongly at the EAPC conference that will be held in Madrid, Spain between 18th and 21st May 2017. We have also been invited to offer plenary and parallel sessions at the EAPC research conference that will be held in Bern, Switzerland between 26th and 28th May 2018 where Steffen Eychmüller is chairing the scientific committee.

Recent Publications

  • A very personal (and professional) reflection by Scott Murray on the importance of early palliative (or anticipatory) care was published in the June edition of the BMJ.
  • The March edition of the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Healthcare have published an article by Trine Brogaard, Mette Neergaard and Scott Murray, which describes calls for primary palliative care throughout Scandinavia!
  • In the March edition of EJPC Santiago Corrêa et al describes the initiative ‘We are by your side’ that he has been involved in to formalise primary palliative care in Brazil. 
  • A review article by Afshar et al. from Germany elucidates the importance of optimising the identification of non-cancer patients in need of palliative care in general practice.
  • Two recent publications from Canada have helped to put the spotlight on the value and enablers of home deaths. Results of a multi-province study involving 60,000 cancer patients in their last month of life, found that investment in home-based palliative care reduces overall costs to the health care system. The link to this article by Burge and Lawson et al published in Current Oncology is available here
  • The second article also by Burge and Lawson et al, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, addressed the congruence between the last preferred and actual location of death among adult Nova Scotians who died from chronic disease. They identified emotional needs being met, nursing and family physician home visits, palliative care program involvement, and being at home for the majority of the last month as independent contributing factors to achievement of a home death among those who voiced the desire to do so.

Advancing palliative care in Lebanon: Balsam

This short film was produced by Balsam - the Lebanese Center for Palliative Care with the aim of clarifying the concept of palliative care and increasing awareness about the work that they are doing to advance palliative care in Lebanon.


News from France - Primary Palliative Care

A new National Plan for Palliative Care 2015-2018 has been launched in France, last December.

€190 million will be allocated to patients’ information (Axis 1), education, research and knowledge dissemination (Axis 2), community palliative care (Axis 3), and universal access to palliative care (Axis 4).

For the first time in France, primary care professionals will be directly mobilised in the integration of palliative care in the continuum of care. Early identification of palliative needs will be promoted by regional health agencies.

Dr Sébastien Moine, a GP and a member of the IPPCN is co-ordinating a task force aiming to implementing Axis 3 of the plan (Developing community palliative care ).

Primary Palliative Care in Nepal

Nepal has many challenges in providing healthcare to 83% of its population who live in rural areas, particularly relating to its low-income status and its mountainous terrain which makes health services in many remote areas difficult to sustain. However, Nepal is committed to training GPs to work in the rural areas and these doctors have been identified as key to developing appropriate and affordable palliative care. Primary palliative care featured prominently in a recent forum hosted by the Nepalese Association for Palliative Care (NAPCare) to promote the development of a national strategy for palliative care. A fuller report can be read at: http://www.ehospice.com/ArticleView/tabid/10686/ArticleId/18769/language/en-GB/View.aspx

News from the recent WHO technical advisory group meeting

14-16 October, Dublin

Scott Murray attended a meeting of the WHO technical advisory group to promote integrated palliative care, and mentioned the work of our group, and gave advice based on our primary care perspective. He emphasised the important of identifying patients in all settings so that they can access palliative care. The skills and tools needed to do this must be developed urgently. Other members of the group also attended the excellent Colloquium hosted by the Irish Institute and the WHO.

News from Brazil

The project 'Being by your side' is a pioneering initiative in Primary Palliative Care in Brazil, started by the family doctor, Santiago Rodríguez Correa and nurse, Carla Mazuko.

It was registered as extension project of Fundação Universidade Federal do Rio Grande and is supported by the University of Edinburgh, the University of Queensland and the IPPCN. Read all about it here (original article in Portugese can be accessed here). They also have a Facebook page. As part of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (10th October), EAPC has also published a blog about their efforts here.

News from France

An interesting article by Dr Sébastien Moine was published in the BMJ about the development of Palliative Care in France and the role played by Primary Care.

Family Physician Conference in Slovenia, June 2015

Please click here to download a copy of the presentation on Primary Palliative Care at the Family Physicians conference in Slovenia.

International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care

ACPEL 2015

This biennial international conference was held in Munich, Germany from 9 to 12 September 2015. Professor Scott Murray and Dr Joel Rhee of IPPCN co-chaired the session on Advance Care Planning in Primary Care. For further information please visit the ACPEL 2015

Palliative Care News

An interesting and thought-provoking article on the development of palliative care in Uganda, Africa and Serbia.

Ca-PRI conference, 2015

The 2015 Ca-PRI conference was held from 20-22 May 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark. IPPCN members presented several important papers and posters. Click here for a copy of the slides presented at the IPPCN breakout meeting during the conference. 



Public Health & Palliative Care Conference, 2015

A number of IPPCN members attended the 4th International Public Health & Palliative Care Conference in Bristol, United Kingdom.


EAPC Primary Palliative Care Taskforce

For information on the EAPC Primary Palliative Care taskforce click here.

Recent Announcements

  • 2016 and 2017 IPPCN meetings In 2016, IPPCN will be heading to WONCA World Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which will be held between 2-5 November 2016. More details coming soon.And the ...
    Posted Jul 6, 2016, 5:26 AM by Joel Rhee
  • 2015 IPPCN Meetings This year IPPCN will be having two meetings coinciding with:The EAPC Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark;Ca-Pri conference in Aarhus, Denmark.More detail on the dates and location of ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 6:00 PM by Joel Rhee
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Recent News and Events

  • News from France - Primary Palliative Care A new National Plan for Palliative Care 2015-2018 has been launched in France, last December. €190 million will be allocated to patients’ information (Axis 1), education, research and knowledge ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2016, 6:31 PM by Joel Rhee
  • Primary Palliative Care in Nepal Nepal has many challenges in providing healthcare to 83% of its population who live in rural areas, particularly relating to its low-income status and its mountainous terrain which makes ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 7:07 PM by Joel Rhee
  • News from the recent WHO technical advisory group meeting 14-16 October, DublinScott Murray attended a meeting of the WHO technical advisory group to promote integrated palliative care, and mentioned the work of our group, and gave advice ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2015, 7:08 PM by Joel Rhee
  • International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care This biennial international conference will be held in Munich, Germany from 9 to 12 September 2015. Professor Scott Murray and Dr Joel Rhee of IPPCN will be co-chairing the ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2015, 7:17 PM by Joel Rhee
  • IPPCN 2015 meeting at the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen Following the successful meeting in New York City last year, the 2015 meeting of IPPCN will take place at the 14th World Congress of the EAPC in Copenhagen Denmark, May ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 3:39 PM by Joel Rhee
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Recent Newsletters

  • IPPCN Newsletter Issue 3.pdf   101k - Jul 6, 2016, 5:32 AM by Joel Rhee (v1)
  • IPPCN Newsletter Issue 2.pdf   78k - Jul 6, 2016, 5:32 AM by Joel Rhee (v1)
  • IPPCN Newsletter Issue 1.pdf   145k - Jul 6, 2016, 5:31 AM by Joel Rhee (v1)
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