Pune: The 23rd International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2016) will be held from February 12 to 14, 2016, at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Pune. The Conference includes pre conference workshops on 11 February on the topics including End-of-life care, Children’s palliative care and Palliative care Research. The Main Conference will include important topics that will assess and analyze the current Palliative Care system, training and education as well as technical aspects, paper presentations, case discuss from various countries , new initiatives and the way forward for Palliative Care . More than 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference.
Dr Priyadarshini Kulkarni , Organizing Secretary Indian Association of Palliative Care said that Pune is an apt place to host the event as Maharashtra, is one of the only two states in the country to have a palliative care policy in place. Under this policy, palliative medicine is beginning to find the place it deserves in the curricula of medical colleges .With Tata Memorial Hospital starting a course in MD Palliative Medicine, Palliative care has now emerged as a independent medical
. Doctors and nurses in rural areas are being trained under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).The new rules under the amended Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) ACT have been published by the government, which should soon make it easier for millions in pain to gain easier access to essential drugs like morphine.
She added that the theme of IAPCON 2016 “Engage, educate, empower and excel”. All of us who are involved or interested in palliative care ought to engage with the community, patients and their families, policy makers, opinion leaders, volunteers and the medical fraternity. Palliative care needs to be part of education for all medical and paramedical personnel at all levels. This will help increase awareness about the important role of palliative care in ensuring quality of life, especially in the face of a life-limiting illness. We need to empower every patient and the family to take informed decisions at the right time in partnership with the medical team.
Some of the important and relevant topics that will be discussed and debated include National Palliative Policy, Intensive Care and Palliative Interface, E Palliative Care, Palliative care for non cancer diseases like chronic renal failure, COPD, Geriatric palliative care, Palliative Care for Children and Public- Private partnership, research, palliative care nursing as a career, home care and rural palliative care etc
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