“NSW residents will have access to the highest quality care and pain management services at the end of their life, with palliative care and specialist health services to receive a record $743 million funding boost over the next five years. Premier Dominic Perrottet said the 2022-23 funding boost is on top of the $300 million the NSW Government invests each year in palliative care.”
In Aotearoa New Zealand we have to use milk and honey to make fundraising bake sale items. It is ridiculous that health care institutions have to count on sales of Chocolate Brownies and other baked goods in order to maintain free services to eligible patients in the community they serve. Literally having to sell baked goods in order to try to save staff jobs. We really do need a hand here, as we don’t want good patient care to have to depend on our baking supplies.
“Sorry Mrs Smith I can’t admit you because we have run out of flour. I would like to see you in the outpatient clinic Mr Kim but we can’t find any cocoa.”
Where is the kindness for some of the most vulnerable in our population? Palliative Care is not just about end-of-life care, but the care that is required in the time leading up to death, which might be 6 to 12 months or even longer. It is not just physical care that is required but psychosocial/spiritual/cultural care as well. The dying members of Aotearoa’s population deserve to be treated better.
“Sorry Mrs Ihaka, you can’t come become a hospice patient because we ran out of vanilla essence.”
What if hospices had to reduce services or shut down?
Who would care for all of the patients and families that we help?
Would the already over-stretched hospital sector be able to cope?
I am the program manager for the Palliative Care Research Network Victoria (PCRNV).
What does PCRNV do?
We try to gain funding to conduct clinical and community intervention research. The PCRNV also provides an opportunity to network and collaborate with other palliative care researchers through PCRNV forums and workshops.
We also help with access to a variety of PCRNV funding schemes including; PhD scholarship, small project and travel grants. There can be support with developing your research idea into a potential project and grant proposals via the PCRNV Concept Development Workshops and also mentoring.
But, it’s not right to do research on people who are dying, is it?
The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is pleased to announce 15 scholarships from the IAHPC Traveling Scholarship Program, to help support the travel of palliative care workers in developing countries to the VIII Congress of the Latin American Association for Palliative Care (Asociacion Latinoamericana de Cuidados Paliativos – ALCP).
The ALCP Congress will take place at the Hotel Royal Pedregal in Mexico City, Mexico, April 14-16, 2016.
Applicants must be living in a developing country, be active members of IAHPC and of ALCP, and actively working in palliative care. Applications from physicians, nurses, psychologists and other disciplines are welcome.
If you wish to apply for the Traveling Scholarship and are not member of IAHPC or ALCP, you may join through the corresponding websites:
Applications to the IAHPC Traveling Scholarship are available through the IAHPC website
Preference will be given to individuals who have not received an IAHPC grant in the past three years with accepted poster or oral presentations in the Congress and to individuals living and working in developing countries in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. If applicable, please send proof of acceptance of the poster or oral presentation, along with a copy of your current CV. Selected grantees will also be eligible to receive a discounted registration fee from the Congress.
Deadline to apply is December 31st, 2015. Results will be announced by January 2016.
Additional information about the ALCP Congress can be found in the congress website.
Check out the Harkness fellowship for a paid 12 month period in the USA for you and your family. It’s available to applicants from Australia and New Zealand (due by 8th Sept) and also Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (due in November).
You will probably need a Master’s degree or a PhD, or at least a bachelor’s degree plus applicable work experience.
They would like “a research proposal that falls within the scope of The Commonwealth Fund’s mission …… the Fund’s priority areas include: expanding access to affordable health insurance coverage; transforming the health care delivery system to improve patient outcomes and control costs through payment reform, primary care, and coordinated care systems, with a particular focus on the sickest and most vulnerable patients; learning from successful international delivery system innovation.”
Love that they are looking for “the kinds of game-changing ideas that can potentially disrupt the current health care system in positive ways.”
Funding of up to $52 million is being provided by the Australian Government over three years from 2014-15 to 2016-17 under the Chronic Disease Prevention and Service Improvement Fund (CDPSIF) for National Palliative Care Projects that focus on enhancing the quality of service delivery in the palliative care sector. The objective of the National Palliative Care Projects is to deliver nationally focused projects that: improve palliative care education and training of health and aged care workforce; and identify quality improvements that can assist in improving the delivery of palliative care services across Australia. Click here for the invitation to apply for funding.
A scholarship has been announced by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) for post graduate nursing research. The Scholarship, worth $5,000, is for a study of nurses, nursing culture or practices, or historical aspects of nursing as a lay or professional practice.
For more information contact Helena Spyrou Education and Training Officer (National Office) E: firstname.lastname@example.org