500 delegates to attend hospice congress in Sabah


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  • Saturday, 06 May 2006

KOTA KINABALU: Some 500 delegates, including 20 palliative care specialists will be here for the 7th Malaysian Hospice Congress next month. 

The two-day event, organised by the Kota Kinabalu Palliative Care Association, will start on June 15. 

Among others who will attend the congress are healthcare workers and hospice volunteers. 

Association president Dr Ranjit Mathew Oommen said the congress themed “Palliative Care - Setting Standards in Malaysia” was aimed at providing better medical care for those with advanced incurable diseases. 

He said Prof Emeritus Ian Maddocks of Australia would deliver the keynote address on “Setting the Standards of Palliative Care.” 

“The main congress will have four plenary sessions on the quality of care, learning lessons, compassion through knowledge and palliative care outcome.”  

Dr Ranjit said there would also be eight concurrent symposiums on pain management, psychological issues, symptom management, social issues, palliative care education, nursing and complementary therapy, ethical issues and service development during the congress. 

Dr Anne Merriman who has been pioneering palliative care in Uganda for those suffering from AIDS would also launch a symposium on “Palliative Care, the African Scene”. 

He said in the run-up to the seminar, seven workshops covering diverse topics including bereavement, music therapy, massage and aromatherapy, lymphodema, communication skills as well as colostomy care and pain management will also be held. 

Two post-congress workshops - the setting up of a palliative care and principles of a good home care - would be held on June 17. 

For details, call the association at tel: 088-231505 or visitwww.sabah.org.my/mhc/congress/2006. 

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