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Edward Gaudoin 2017

Ed Gaudoin- Clinical Nurse Consultant, Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service (MPaCCS)   I have a 15yr history working in Consultative Nursing Palliative Care positions across the acute, hospice, community and residential ...

Lisa KingLisa King

I am a registered nurse with twenty-five years of cancer nursing experience in the UK and more recently in Australia. My passion for cancer nursing developed during my training and ...

niamh oconnorDr Niamh O’Connor

I’m from county Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. I studied medicine and completed all of my medical training including specialist training in Palliative Care in Ireland. I also did ...

Jane MacKintosh

I am a Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant working on the Central Coast of New South Wales with a particular interest in education and improving end of life care in ...

David MacKintosh

I work as a staff specialist in palliative medicine in New South Wales on the Central Coast. Having previous experience in paediatrics, clinical pharmacology and general practice I have now ...

Dr Sophia Lam, 2013

I am an Advanced Trainee in Palliative Medicine, having come to Palliative medicine through the physician pathway. I have been fortunate in my medical career to have had a number of clinical and research experiences based in ...

Sophia Lam

I am an Advanced Trainee In Palliative Medicine, having come to Palliative medicine through the physician pathway. I have been fortunate in my medical career to have had a number ...

Dr Meera Agar and Dr NiharikaMeera Agar

Project:Berhampur Bio: I currently am Director of Palliative care, Braeside Hospital, - which has 20 bed inpatient unit, two-day a week day hospital, and community service. It is linked with the south west sydney ...

Sarah Rose with young patient, IGIMS, PatnaSarah Rose

Project:Patna I am a registered nurse very excited to be at the beginning of my career in palliative care. I am currently working in community palliative care at Melbourne City Mission ...

Odette Spruyt

Project:IGIMS, Patna I am a palliative care physician working at PeterMacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia. While training in palliative medicine  in the UK, I heard Jan Stjernswald talk about the first Indian ...

aniltandonAnil Tandon

Project: Jamshedpur Bio: I am an Australian born Indian, and have travelled to India more than a dozen times to visit relatives. I have never lived nor practiced medicine in India. My Hindi ...

Wendy Scott

Project: Jamshedpur Bio: I have enjoyed nursing for 20 years, working in a variety of areas including Northern and Central Australia and 4 years in the UK. I have been working in the ...

Sok-Hui-Goh1Sok-Hui Goh

Project: Pushpagiri Bio: I was born in Singapore and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, until my teenage years. I came over to Australia to pursue my tertiary education, where I completed my ...

oliverhaisken2Oliver Haisken

Project: Silchar Bio:  

sarahcorfe-1024x762Sarah Corfe

Project: Silchar Bio: I am a registered specialist nurse who works predominantly with people who have been diagnosed with cancer, HIV or who are in the palliative or terminal phase. Recently, I was ...

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Project: Silchar

Project Focus

As some of you may be aware, in early 2016 the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) held four ‘APHN Dialogs’, in which clinicians across the Asia Pacific region could link in through Skype to attend a webinar. The following webinars took place:

- A discussion of palliative care service development in the Asia Pacific region, presented by Odette Spruyt
- Pain control in palliative care by Yoshiyuki Kizawa from Kobe, Japan
- Management of the cancer wound by Edward Poon from Singapore
- Bereavement care by Jun-Hua Lee from Taiwan

These sessions were well received and provided a valuable opportunity for clinicians in different countries to learn from an expert in that field and also to share their own professional experiences. Unfortunately, not all countries in the region have reliable internet coverage or sufficient bandwidth so some attendees were unable to join the meetings. In response to this, in recent months APLI has been looking at a new educational initiative in partnership with APHN.

Project Focus aims to set up online discussion groups between palliative care clinicians in specific countries in the Asia Pacific region and APLI mentors. Some nascent palliative care centres struggle with isolation, limited practitioner experience and variable institutional support. In effect, Project Focus would work towards similar objectives to Project Hamrahi: to improve the capacity for best practice patient care in the local setting and to reduce the isolation of palliative care providers in emergent services.

APLI is therefore calling for expressions of interest for mentors to volunteer their services to help support our regional partners. Project Focus would particularly suit clinicians who might otherwise find it difficult to travel overseas for mentoring work, as the contact will be online using a small group discussion format on the ‘Slack’ communication platform. APHN has already identified local clinicians in two separate services in remote and regional Indonesia who would like to be partnered with APLI mentors. In addition to this, there has also been some interest from doctors in Vietnam, Brunei and Nepal whose learning needs were unable to be supported by the APHN Dialogs.

Although the exact process will be flexible, it is proposed that education would begin with case presentations from the local APHN clinicians. These would then serve as a springboard for the APLI mentors to explain current evidence based practice recommendations. The subsequent discussion would then take into account local factors such as medication availability, local resources, staffing and other factors such that a viable and culturally appropriate management plan can be formulated.

I hope that you will share our excitement for this initiative. Project Hamrahi has demonstrated the value of teams of mentors made up of both doctors and nurses working together with local Indian clinicians over a sustained period of time. Project Focus has the potential to broaden the scope of such partnerships to other countries and so I invite you to contact me via chairman@apli.net.au with a short biography and reflection on why you would wish to work as a mentor.

- Anil Tandon

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Your donations to APLI help in the following ways:

assist with training of doctors and nurses in palliative care practice in developing nations

support nurses to travel and teach as part of Project Hamrahi

help with purchase of critical site resources such as essential equipment and supplies,  medicines and educational materials