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APLI forum, 2015

The theme of our annual forum in 2015 was “Becoming a Mentor”. We had 13 participants in person, and several attended by video conference. We were especially pleased to welcome Joyce Chee from the APHN secretariat.

Suharsha Kanathigoda told us about the developments in palliative care in Sri Lanka which have been fostered by the Training of Trainers program of the Lien Foundation.

Mark Boughey teaching

Mark Boughey

We also learnt about the Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative from one of the mentors of that program, Mark Boughey.

Anil Tandon and Odette Spruyt

Anil Tandon and Odette Spruyt

Thanks to the APLI forum organisers, Christine Drummond, Anil Tandon and Odette Spruyt and to our sponsors, Maynepharma, for providing refreshments on the day.

Brett Sutton

Brett Sutton

The forum was followed by our AGM. Brett Sutton spoke inspiringly about palliative care in humanitarian crises and the efforts of the group, PCHAS which he leads. We also welcomed in the new executive, with Anil Tandon taking on the chairmanship of APLI, and Chris Waples the treasurer role.

Hippocratic film applauded across Australia

Hippocratic Film Header

With only one city remaining in the Australian launch of the biographical documentary, Hippocratic, it is clear that the film has had great impact here.

One important feature has been the opportunity for Q&A after the movie, where audience members have a chance to delve deeper into the issues raised in the film, such as trying to understand the distressing ongoing shortage of morphine, an essential medication in pain management, a shortage that affects over 80% of the world’s population.

This issue alone should galvanise us to action, to demand change and accountability. However, long time advocates in this field know only too well how difficult it is to bring about change and improvements here.

Films such as Hippocratic are too few and APLI thanks Moonshine Movies for their commitment to contributing to change in a creative and positive way.

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