In 2010, APLI joined with Pallium India to establish Project Hamrahi (“Hamrahi” is Hindi for ‘fellow traveller”). The chair and founder of Pallium India is Professor Rajagopal, one of the key pioneers of palliative care in India. Project Hamrahi is supported by a grant from the Australia India Council. Hamrahi is founded on the idea of mutual learning.
Hamrahi is a collaboration to establish links between Australian palliative care doctor and nurse teams and Indian doctors and nurses who are setting up new services in India. It aims to support the development of fledgling palliative care services in India, and the individuals who are working to establish these services. Volunteers are given the opportunity to work in a different culture and better understand the challenges faced by colleagues in those countries. It strengthens regional relationships and enriches practice in both linked countries.
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Since commencement in 2010, there have been 7 visits, mostly to northern Indian services.
- Project Hamrahi-Patna, Bihar –reports attached
- Project Hamrahi-Jamshedpur, Jharkhand – reports attached
- Project Hamrahi – Pushpagiri, Kerala –report attached
- Project Hamrahi – Silchar, Assam – report attached
- Project Hamrahi – Behrampur, Orissa – report attached