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Project Hamrahi in Ambala, Haryana February 2017

It was a dark and stormy night. It wasn’t really, it was a dark and foggy morning and we were at the wrong gate of New Delhi railway station. The ...

Collaboration, Community & The Cachar Cancer Centre

In November of last year I had the privilege of returning to Silchar and visit our friends at the Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. The team from the previous ...

Raising funds for Hamrahi, APLI

Fundraiser, 30th April, 2017 THANK YOU Thanks to friends and family and local community, we had a great outcome, raising over $1500 from sales, donations and raffles. There was genuine interest in the story ...

APLI Project Hamrahi fundraiser

  APLI (http://apli.net.au/) supports palliative care development in the Asia Pacific.We are holding a fundraising event in Woodend, Victoria, Australia, on 30th April to spread awareness about our charity, indulge in ...

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 ...

Cachar Cancer Hospital appeal

Dear APLI Members Most of you will be aware that fellow members have been visiting Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (CCHRC), Assam, for several years. The hospital is run by ...

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 ...

Nepal - APLINational Strategy for Palliative Care in Nepal

- Dr Dan Munday & Dr Ruth Powys Nepal, March 2016 In Nepal over 112,000 people each year will be in need of palliative care.  An appropriate national strategy is an ...

Palliative care in Kolkata – a lesson for us all.

- Anil Tandon Working as a volunteer in India I always seem to learn more than the stated intention of travelling to India to teach others. In October 2015 I was ...

Moulana APLIWith a champion, anything is possible

- Odette Spruyt I hope you will let me tell you a story about Lakshadweep, a group of islands in the Arabian sea, off the coast of Kerala, India. A teacher of ...

Palliative care for India e-learning modules launched by ecancer

Adapted from ehospice International, 15 March 2016 article by Fiona Rawlinson, ecancer 20 open access e-learning education modules about palliative care in India were launched at the Indian Association of Palliative ...

‘Need of the Hour’

Indian Association Palliative Care 2016: Brief Conference notes A key theme running through many plenaries of the 23rd IAPCON was that palliative care is at the forefront of a change in ...

APLI Annual Forum, 2016

Members and non-members alike are warmly invited to attend the 2016 Australasian Palliative Link International Forum. The APLI forum is usually held in Melbourne but this year it will be ...

Palliative Care Australia Inaugural Award for Innovation in Palliative care for Project Hamrahi

At the Gala dinner of the Palliative Care Australia (PCA) conference on the 3rd September, Project Hamrahi was awarded the Innovation in Palliative Care award by PCA. This honour acknowledges ...

Return to Cachar Cancer Centre

David Brumley will be returning to Cachar Cancer Centre, Assam, from 30th November to the 11th December, 2015. He will be taking a new team with him on this third ...

Kosish Hospice

This pioneer rural palliative care service in the tribal state of Jharkhand & West Bengal in India is providing much needed palliative care services to the elderly and terminally ill ...

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