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More about withholding/withdrawing life support:

2018 August 6

The Supreme Court of India’s verdict on 09 March 2018 provided legal validity to advance directives, though we did have a few concerns. (Read: A welcome verdict; and a few concerns)

Close upon the heels of that verdict comes a judgment by a five member bench of the Supreme Court of UK which says “Life support can be removed without courts if doctors and families agree“.

This is of course relevant only to the UK; but we could not help observing that it makes a lot of practical sense. This does not rule out the need to go to court in controversial issues; but makes every day practice compassionate and fair.

Vacancy: Project Officer – National Level

2018 July 31

Organization: Pallium India

Job Title: Project Officer-National Level

No. of vacancies: 4

Nature of Job: Permanent – Full Time

Remuneration: Depends on the candidate’s KSAs

Reporting to: CEO/Project Director

Place of Job: Any of the States in India where Pallium India has projects

Job Description:

The Project Officer will be responsible for advancing palliative care at the national level with responsibilities for specific states as assigned by the CEO.

  • Work with public and private medical and other related institutions to set up palliative care programs
  • Work for the integration of palliative care in health systems at the state including at primary care levels
  • Work for the integration of palliative care in medical and nursing education
  • Work for bringing about changes in law and policies for the advancement of palliative care
  • Conduct relevant training programs and workshops for relevant stakeholders for advancing palliative care including on laws related to availability of opioids
  • Initiate and or implement projects related to palliative care including working at the community level in the implementation of relevant projects
  • Document, write reports and undertake research to contribute to Pallium India’s learning process
  • Contribute to fund raising including by writing proposals and be part of other relevant activities
  • Undertake any other relevant tasks for the advancement of palliative care at the national and state levels.

Language: Fluency in English in writing and speaking is a must. Fluency in Hindi is a must for candidates to be deployed in the Northern states.

Personal characteristics: Willing to travel and work independently; take initiatives; provide leadership; ability to work with various stakeholders; and be part of a team with diverse background and experiences.

Qualification: Master’s in Public Health (Full-Time) from a recognized university

Experience: 0-2 years

How to Apply

Interested candidates can send detailed and updated CV to hr@palliumindia.org with subject line as “Application for Project Officer”.

For more details, contact:

Arathy V Nair @ +91 9746745501

Email: hr@palliumindia.org

Trivandrum Medical College decides to integrate palliative care with clinical services

2018 July 30

In what we see as a major step forward in Trivandrum, the Government Medical College has decided to integrate palliative care with their clinical services. In the picture, you see the Principal of the college, Dr Thomas Mathew discussing the ways and means at the college committee of management meeting held on 24 July 2018.

Concurrently, 7 clinicians including two heads of departments underwent a 10 day Foundation course in palliative medicine organised by Pallium India’s Trivandrum Institute.

Pallium India thanks Health Minister of Kerala, Smt K. K. Shailaja and additional chief secretary Shri Rajiv Sadanandan IAS for their initiative in making this happen. Our gratitude also to all at Govt. Medical College, Trivandrum, for allowing Pallium India to walk with them on this important journey.

Palliative care progress in Uttarakhand

2018 July 30

Exposing medical students to palliative care, we are glad to say, has started happening in many parts of the country.

Considering that the Medical Council of India (MCI) still has not included palliative care in the curriculum, it is only these individual initiatives that seem to be happening; but Pallium India is very happy that our efforts are showing results, even though progress is slow.

We are partnering with Ganga Prem Hospice in Rishikesh to spread the message of palliative care across the state of Uttarakhand.

See the fruit of one of their efforts: More than 40 medical students are learning palliative care. Hurray!

A call to action for regional and national palliative care organisations

2018 July 26

Be the connective tissue between you and your Government, says Dr Katherine Pettus.

In this advocacy backgrounder, Dr Pettus, International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC) Advocacy Officer, explains how global organisations are working together to ensure that palliative care language is included in the Political Declaration, where it is currently absent. And to help you play a vital advocacy role, there are several resources to use.

Please read: A call to action for regional and national palliative care organisations