Dr David Oliver, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Wisdom Hospice, Rochester, and Honorary Reader, Centre for Professional Practice, University of Kent, UK, and a member of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Board of Directors. Here, Dr Oliver explains some of the key matters under discussion at the meeting in Lyon, France, on 11-12 April.
The present Board met in a very sunny Lyon for the last time with Sheila Payne as President. There was a busy agenda and some of the decisions are outlined below.
The White Paper on Euthanasia and Assisted Dying was presented to the Board and approved and is now to be submitted for publication.
The details for the election of the 2015-2019 Board were finalised and all eligible members, who have individual membership or are Board members of affiliated societies/associations, with voting rights, are encouraged to vote on Saturday 9 May at the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen. You can read more about the voting procedures on the EAPC blog, as well as candidates’ profiles.
There have been successful negotiations to establish a formal relationship between the EAPC and the World Health Organization following the World Health Assembly resolution in May 2014.
The EAPC Research Network and the EAPC are involved in a number of European Commission projects including CANCON – looking at coordinated cancer care, ACTION – which is a cluster randomised trial of an intervention involving conversations that may help in advance care planning. These will be continuing over the coming years.
Seminars and congresses
- The 5th International Research Seminar of the PRC (The European Palliative Care Research Centre) and EAPC Research Network on fatigue and pain management will be held in Leeds on 15-16 October 2015. (Deadline for abstracts: 31 July).
- The 14th World Congress of the EAPC will be held in Copenhagen from 8-10 May 2015 – more than 2,400 people have registered already and there is still time to register and come.
- The 9th World Research Congress of the EAPC will be held in Dublin from 9-11 June 2016. The website is under development and the call for abstracts opens in early summer.
- The 15th World Congress of the EAPC will be held in Madrid in 2017.
There has been an overall 25 per cent increase in the number of people following us through the EAPC blog, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. Please consider this way of keeping in touch with the work of the EAPC and international developments in palliative care. You can access our social media links through the EAPC website. To receive an email alert each time a new blog post is published please sign up here.
Official EAPC Journals
- Palliative Medicine now has an impact factor of 2.845 – the highest for any palliative care journal.
- The European Journal of Palliative Care is offering a reduced subscription of 50% until 31 May – subscribe now. (See the links below).
The Board welcomes comments and suggestion from members and seeks to look at the development of palliative care throughout Europe, and in collaboration with other organisations across the world. This is the opportunity to become more involved – take it now and use the EAPC blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to keep in contact with us. Anyone is welcome to contact the President, Professor Sheila Payne, by email.
- European Association for Palliative Care.
- EAPC blog.
- 50% discount on subscriptions to the European Journal of Palliative Care – to redeem this offer, enter discount code EJPC50 (for personal subscriptions) or EJPC50I(for institutional subscriptions) online or email the EJPC team to set up your subscription. (Valid until 31 May 2015).
Are you coming to Copenhagen?
See you at the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care – Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 May, 2015. You can now download the final programme for the Congress and the abstract book.
Follow us on Twitter @EAPCOnlus – our official congress hashtag is #eapc2015