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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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.
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.
€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 ).http://www.ehospice.com/ArticleView/tabid/10686/ArticleId/18769/language/en-GB/View.aspx
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.
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.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.
Please click here to download a copy of the presentation on Primary Palliative Care at the Family Physicians conference in Slovenia.
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.
An interesting and thought-provoking article on the development of palliative care in Uganda, Africa and Serbia.
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.
For information on the EAPC Primary Palliative Care taskforce click here.