- Provide information to patients and families about available palliative care facilities in the country
- Provide advice on management (though prescriptions will not be given through the information centre; we can provide advice based on existing prescriptions)
- Provide advice on psycho-socio-spiritual issues
- Provide advice to palliative care professionals and volunteers on management of patients and families (we have an expert group of consultants whom we can turn to when we do not have answers ourselves)
- Provide palliative care education to other palliative care centres through electronic media
We are looking for doctors who can stay with us for about one year – or at least six months.
What can we offer you? Not a salary, but living expenses – something like what we pay to an Indian doctor as a salary, accommodation and food in our guest house, an opportunity to teach and to shape professionals who want to make a difference, and a huge amount of satisfaction from your work.
Remember, in your own place, if you are not there, somebody else will do your work. Here, there will be nobody. The difference that you make to other human lives in a year with us, we are sure, would be more than what you may from medical practice in the rest of your life put together.
Interested? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Vijayan, a palliative care activist in Kannur, came up with a suggestion. Rather obviously, very often the medical professionals are not available to provide End of Life care in the home setting. The local volunteers are available for support and therefore, volunteers have to learn and gain basic expertise in end of life issues. A few training programs here and there can only achieve so much. If we can develop a corps of trainers, we could eventually reach out to a large number of volunteers and families.
Pallium India gratefully welcomed the suggestion. On 19, 20 and 21 September 2014, with support from Mr Vijayan and colleagues, Rajeswari foundation and Pallium India will together host a three-day training program in Trivandrum. Volunteers, who have an interest in End of Life care are welcome. To facilitate adequate interaction, participation at this workshop will be limited to 30. Part of the workshop will be set apart for acquiring some teaching skills. Participants will understand that the aim of the teacher is really to facilitate learning, not just to deliver lectures. They will learn what not to do, and will acquire some skills in this regard.
A greater part of the time will be devoted to learning the basics of End of Life care.
We are not sure that every participant can really be a skilled trainer at the conclusion of the program; but we are sure that they will all try hard; the enthusiasm is so very palpable. And if necessary, we will follow up with more advanced training programs, later. Those of our readers in Kerala who are interested in participating, please write to email@example.com or call us on +9746745497 during working hours.
All of us at Pallium India in Trivandrum are eagerly looking forward to this event; we are absolutely sure that we shall end up learning a lot from the participants.
Here is a report from the Times of India.
Renowned music director and singer, Sri M. Jayachandran and his team of artistes are conducting this event to support Pallium India in its efforts to help the millions of patients and families who are in need of pain relief and palliative care.
Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world and is observed on the second Saturday of October every year, all over the world. The theme for this year’s World Palliative Care Day is ‘Achieving universal coverage of palliative care: Who cares? We do!’
We invite you all to be a part of this event.
Date: 11 Oct, 2014
Venue: Al-Saj Convention Centre, Kazhakoottam, Thiruvananthapuram
Time : 6.00pm to 9.00pm