News and Events

This section contains important News and Events for IPPCN members.

Recent publications

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:08 PM by Joel Rhee

  • 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. 
  • 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

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:07 PM by Joel Rhee

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 Brazil

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:07 PM by Joel Rhee

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.

Palliative Care News from around the globe

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:06 PM by Joel Rhee

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

News from France

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:05 PM by Joel Rhee

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

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:03 PM by Joel Rhee

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

News from France - Primary Palliative Care

posted Apr 7, 2016, 6:31 PM by Joel Rhee

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

posted Mar 20, 2016, 7:07 PM by Joel Rhee   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 7:07 PM ]

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:

News from the recent WHO technical advisory group meeting

posted Oct 18, 2015, 7:08 PM by Joel Rhee

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.

International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care

posted Feb 24, 2015, 7:17 PM by Joel Rhee   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 5:02 PM by Joel Rhee ]

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.

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