The inaugural Advance Care Planning Australia conference is underway in Melbourne, hosted by Austin Health. Day one saw a launch by Hon. David Davis MLC, who reflected on the Victorian Government’s support for advance care planning and acknowledged the specific contribution of work focused on increasing the concordance between patient preferences, and the actual care delivered, as a marker of success in end-of-life care.
This TED Talk “How Not To Be Ignorant About the World” by Dr Hans Rosling (@HansRosling – Swedish medical doctor, statistician and Professor of International Health) and his son Ola Rosling is an entertaining and eye-opening look at how our biases and intuition lead to misconceptions. (For the record, I vote like a Swede – not a chimp.)
Making a case for the integration of palliative care in policies on ageing and dementia – a European perspective (EAPC Blog)
More on dementia – Ageism and death anxiety (ehospice UK)
In Australia: Call for a Royal Commission into Nursing Home Care (ABC Radio National)
And a more positive look at residential aged care: A Nursing Home Can Be a New Beginning (Adele Horin)
The NHS (UK) has an End of Life Guidance app! (iTunes store)
The Institute of Medicine (US) released a report entitled “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.” There’s been a lot of discussion about it on palliative care social media and the mainstream media over the past week. Pallimed has a nice summary.
Many Palliverse readers would be able to relate to this – The reality of nurses completing their own research (EAPC Blog)
If you haven’t already, consider signing the Montreal Declaration for palliative care (AHPCA Blog)
Also consider crowdfunding Little Stars, a movie about paediatric palliative care.