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Antea Worldwide Palliative Care Conference

Rome, 12-14 November 2008

ABSTRACT FORM

Presenting author World Hospice and Palliative Care Day – Discovering your voice
Claire Morris
Authors (max 6, presenting author included): Claire Morris
Email:
c.morris@helpthehospices.org.
uk World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice
Phone and palliative care around the world. It takes place on the second Saturday of October each year
and is an initiative of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative
care organisations from around the world. The Day is for anyone and everyone who care about or
Mobile phone is involved in hospice and palliative care in the world and has three main aims:

1. To share our vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the
world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues.
Please underline the most
appropriate category for your 2. To raise awareness and understanding of the needs- medical, social, practical and spiritual – of
abstract people living with a life-limiting illness and their families.
• Pain and other symptoms
3. To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.
• Palliative care for cancer patients

• Palliative care for non cancer World Hospice and Palliative Care Day has become an increasingly important opportunity for
patients global and national advocacy for hospice and palliative care since its inception in October 2005.
• Paediatric palliative care The advocacy successes at a global level and how they have been achieved will be highlighted in
this session. In addition, national advocacy achievements in selected countries will be discussed
• Palliative care for the elderly
showing how the Day has been utilised in different parts of the world to bring about change and
• The actors of palliative care
tackle barriers affecting the delivery of hospice and palliative care.
• Latest on drugs

• Pain Future opportunities will be explored highlighting how the Day can be used and strengthened by
national and global organisations to achieve the WPCA’s vision that everyone with a life-limiting
• Illness and suffering through illness can access the care that they need.
media
• Marginalisation and social stigma
at the end of life
• Palliative care advocacy projects

• Prognosis and diagnosis
communication in
different cultures
• Communication between doctor-
patient and patient-
equipe
• Religions and cultures versus
suffering, death and
bereavement
• Public institution in the world:
palliative care policies
and law
• Palliative care: from villages to metropolies

• Space, light and gardens for the terminally ill patient
• End-of-life ethics
• Complementary therapies Session: Palliative care advocacy projects
• Education, training and research
• Fund-raising and no-profit Chair of the session: Prof. Aldo Morrone
• Bereavement support
• Volunteering in palliative care
• Rehabilitation in palliative care