Singapore Hospice Council

An umbrella body representing all organizations that actively provide hospice and palliative care in Singapore

Hospice and palliative care is a holistic approach to caring for patients going through the last stages of their lives. It aims to meet all needs (physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual) so as to alleviate suffering and maximise quality of life for patients and their loved ones.




News

Let's talk about living and dying well, today
Happy Monday to all! In case you missed this, sharing an article from yesterday’s Sunday Times (20/8/2015) titled Let’s Talk About Living and Dying Well.

To read article, click here


News from LCPC : Dying Patients and their Caregivers Make Different Choices
In Early April 2015, there was an illuminating study which compares the willingness of stage IV cancer patients, and their caregivers; to pay to extend their lives by one year against that of other end-of-life improvements. The research, led by members of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care (LCPC) and collaborators from the National Cancer Centre Singapore, was recently published in the journal, Palliative Medicine.

Patients with advanced cancer or other life limiting illnesses often have to consider how much money they are willing to spend on high cost treatments that result in only moderate improvements in length or quality of life. These decisions are very difficult for patients to make, and in some cases the decision is entirely deferred to a family caregiver.

Past research has shown that in addition to extending life, being free of pain and dying at home are important considerations for people nearing the end of their lives. However, the value that patients place on these considerations or their willingness to pay for either was not previously known.

A team led by Professor Eric Finkelstein and Assistant Professor Chetna Malhotra from the LCPC in Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) administered surveys to 211 patients with stage IV cancer and their informal caregivers to find out more about their end-of-life preferences.

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A Palliative Care Filmlet - produced with Team Project Happy Apples
After many months collaborating with the Project Happy Apples team, comprising a group of medical undergraduates from the NUS-Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, a series of posters and a short filmlet were produced. Launched in 12 October 2013, the posters and filmlet aim to raise awareness in as well as increase usage of palliative care services. Special mention to students from the NTU's Wee Khim Wee School of Communications who helped produce the filmlet.

To view the video recording on YouTube, please click here

Click here to view the posters.


Voices for Hospices Charity Concert 2013

Strike Force getting the audience to "Change the World"

The Singapore Hospice Council (SHC) recently held its Voices for Hospice Charity Concert on Saturday, 12 October 2013. Graced by Senior Minister of State (Health), Dr Amy Khor, the concert, which is SHC's main fund raising platform saw a very good crowd turn out at the 1200-capacity Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre. The audience enjoyed themselves thoroughly - not surprising given the excellent and entertaining line up comprising many talented (including) young performers such as Miguel Antonio, Lauren Yeo, students from the School of the Arts, the legendary Rahima Rahim and the energetic percussion group, Strike Force.

In her speech, Dr Khor revealed that the Ministry of Health is keen to expand the palliative care sector. To read her speech in full, click here.

We thank the organising Committee for their collective hard work and until the next concert in 2015!

Upcoming Events

32nd Singapore Hospice Council Postgraduate Course

Who Should Attend?
Any medical practitioner who is interested to learn about Palliative Care. Priority will be given to local doctors. Overseas applicants please kindly contact us before registraion and payment.

Dates: Wednesday to Friday, 20 to 22 April 2016
Venue: HCA Hospice Care, Level 3, Auditorium 12 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308437

Course Fees (inclusive of course materials and meals) :
•S$400 (for Early Bird registration before 1 March 2016, and for members of Singapore Medical Association and Fellows of Academy of Medicine Singapore at all times)
•S$500 (for registration from 1 March 2016 onwards)

Online registration will start on 4 February till 31 March 2016. Registration may close earlier when maximum intake capacity is reached.

Please click here for registration details.



SHC-LCPC Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Forum
Palliative Care in Advance Dementia: Dignified Care Right to the End

Date & Time: Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 1-2 pm
Venue : Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Theatrette, Level 1 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433

Free Admission
Lunch & Registration from 12 noon
1 CME/CNE Accredited Points

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Past Events

Advance Care Planning in the Asian context – Is the Region Ready for it?

Dates: 28 - 29 March 2016
Venue: Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, 90 Yishun Central, S(768828)

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Please click here for free registration. Registration is close on 11 March 2016



PAIN ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING

“The Pain Association of Singapore is organizing its Annual Scientific Meeting on 5-6 March 2016. There will be Evidence-Based and Refresher tracks on a number of relevant topics to suit participants with diverse interests and experience levels. Substantial discounts are available for PAS members and non-medical personnel. Please visit www.pas-asm.com for more information. Register now before Early Bird closes on 31 January 2016”

Dates: Saturday to Sunday, 5 to 6 March 2016
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593

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SHC-LCPC Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Forum
Optimizing opioid therapy and reducing side effects: Managing short and long term treatment outcome

Date & Time: Friday, 4 March 2016, 8am to 9am
Venue : The Academia, Level 1, 20 College Road, Singapore 169856

Free Admission
Breakfast & Registration from 7am
1 CME/CNE Accredited Points

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SHC-LCPC Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Forum
Use of a modified Liverpool care pathway in a tertiary Asian Hospital - Is there still a role for it?

Date & Time: Tuesday, 23rd Feb 2016, 1pm to 2pm
Venue : The Academia, Level 1, 20 College Road, Singapore 169856

Free Admission
Lunch & Registration from 12 noon
1 CME/CNE Accredited Points

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SHC-LCPC Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Forum
The landscape – the Past, the Present… and the Possibilities

Date & Time: Tuesday, 26th Jan 2016, 1pm to 2pm
Venue : HCA Hospice Care, Level 3 Auditorium 12 Jalan Tan Tock Seng Singapore 308437

Free Admission
Lunch & Registration from 12 noon
1 CME/CNE Accredited Points

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Please click here for registration details.



There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through sharing together, praying together, suffering together and working together.

~Mother Theresa

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Contact Us

SHC Secretariat
133 New Bridge Road,
#04-06, China Town Point,
Singapore (059413)

Tel: 65382231
Email: secretariat@singaporehospice.org.sg