International Update on Pain Management and Palliative Care Advances 2016

The International Update on Pain Management and Palliative Care Advances 2016, is being organized by the Pain and Palliative Care Unit, Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical and Health Sciences and the Indian Medical Association on 25-26 June 2016.

For the first time In Uttarakhand an Opioid workshop will be conducted by Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (AIIMS, New Delhi) and Dr M R Rajagopal (Pallium India, Kerala) to explain in details the NDPS Rules, Its amendment, procedure to obtain Recognized Medical Institution (RMI) status for procuring and dispensing opioids etc. on 25 th June followed by a day long conference on 26th June 2016.

Considering the palliative care services in India, the theme of the update has been kept as “Palliative Care-Everyone’s business” and “Pain Relief-A Fundamental Human right“. The scientific program has been tailored to update everyone on the recent advances in the field of Pain and Palliative Medicine.

Many distinguished pain and Palliative care physicians from both India and Abroad like Dr M R Rajagopal (Pallium India, Kerala), Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (AIIMS, Delhi), Dr Anjum Khan Joad (Jaipur), Dr Gautam Das (Daradia, Kolkata), Dr Brenda Ward (England), Dr Ann Thyle (Delhi), Dr Abir Doger (England) and Dr Savita Butola (Jalandar) are participating in the upcoming update to share their expertise and path breaking ideas.

This is the first of its kind update in India seeking Integration of Pain and Palliative Medicine where the pioneers in their respective fields will discuss the most recent developments and guidelines pertaining to multidisciplinary pain management (both cancer and non-cancer) and palliative medicine. The registration amount has been kept to a minimum (Rs 1000 and Rs 500 for postgraduate students) so as to make it affordable and pocket friendly to everyone.

This academic feast will stimulate a creative exchange of ideas and will be personally rewarding to everyone. Do not miss this opportunity to attend this mega event in the very beautiful city  of Dehradun at the foothills of Shivaliks in June, 2016.

The Scientific Program will be followed by a banquet and cultural night.

For more details, please visit: http://www.sgrrmc.com/iuppca2016

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


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