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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IPPCN pre-conference workshop at the 24th International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care
IPPCN will be facilitating a pre-conference workshop (9 February) at the 2017 International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (10-12 February). Click here for details.
Palliative care highlighted at the WONCA, Special Interest Group in Brazil, November 2016
This pre-conference WONCA SIG attracted a large group, including many Brazilians eager to hear about palliative care in the community internationally.
Prof Geoff Mitchell first welcomed everyone and explained the vision of the SIG and of the International Primary Palliative Care Network which had members in every continent.
Prof Scott Murray then highlighted the recent WHO manual on integrating palliative care in all settings, especially the community. He had contributed to this very useful manual which spells out how palliative care can be integrated in primary care in various high, middle and low income countries.
Then Dr Santiago Correa illustrated how his project in Brazil works so that others could learn from it. See link to EAPC blog. This was received very enthusiastically. The new President of WONCA, Professor Amanda Howe, visited the special interest group and encouraged us to continue over the next few years in this priority area for primary care.
During the WONCA conference itself we held a “basics of palliative care” session for GPs which lasted 3 hours. Daniel Azevedo and Claudia Buria, both from Brazil, presented in a very dynamic fashion key issues about identifying and helping people with frailty and dementia. Geoff Mitchell then gave a clear basic talk on symptom control. Again there was much enthusiasm around this.
On the last day of WONCA Brazil there was a special panel on palliative care when we heard presentations from Geoff Mitchell (summarising palliative care in Latin America using a presentation from Dr Liliana deLima (USA), Maria Goretti Sales (Brazil), Thomas Martin (Costa Rica), and Santiago Correa (Brazil) In closing, Scott Murray (UK) who showed a 4 minute video giving a 4 dimensional rationale for early palliative care which was well received, and which soon should be available as a teaching aid for students and postgraduate teaching for nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.
There will be great opportunities for further palliative care input at WONCA in Seoul in 2 years’ time and in regional conferences before then. Meanwhile the SIG and International palliative Care Network are going ahead to help different countries to integrate palliative care in primary care, using the Toolkit developed by the EAPC Taskforce and WONCA in 2016.
Scott Murray, Co-chair of WONCA cancer and Palliative Care SIG.
The latest (4th) edition of the IPPCN Newsletter is now available for download.
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.