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It was our great pleasure to host the South African Palliative Care Conference 2023 as a collaborative venture between the three leading palliative care organisations in our country, the Association of Palliative Care Practitioners of South Africa (PALPRAC), Palliative Care for Children South Africa (PatchSA) and the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA). This pioneering in-person conference took place from 26 – 29 April 2023 at the world-class Vineyard Hotel in the beautiful mother city of Cape Town. @patch-palliativecareforchi9269 @apcc2023Text content
Today is Universal Health Coverage Day, promoted by the World Health Organization. Palliative care is a fundamental human right and an integral component of Universal Health Coverage. WHPCA has compiled a factsheet you can reference in your advocacy efforts as we continue accelerating access and full integration of palliative care services in the health sector. […]
In palliative care, the theme is always, team. Palliative care is offered by a multidisciplinary team. Depending on the patient’s needs this team typically might include a combination of a doctor, a nurse, a social worker, a spiritual counsellor, psychologist, physiotherapist, dietician, occupational therapist, and speech therapist. In 2021 PALPRAC expanded its membership base to […]
PALPRAC will host our Annual General Meeting on 15 August 2022 at 19 pm. Inviting all members to confirm their attendance by registering, registration link: https://bit.ly/3AMR2PO Our chair, board, and executive team are excited to share the past year with our members as we continue to accelerate access to palliative care in Southern Africa. For […]
Dr Jayne Cunningham, secretary of PALPRAC Jayne experienced the effects of poor communication skills whilst going through cardiac surgery at the age of 8. “I would see this group of stiff, white jacketed doctors standing at the end of my bed talking amongst themselves and occasionally holding up a black x-ray to the light before […]
Mental distress during Covid amongst health care workers, for one reason or another, is significant. Read how one doctor benefited from the help that is out there.
How can we ensure dignity within the time of Covid? Read what Dr Raksha Balbadhur’s has to say.
Read why Palliative Care is ideally suited to meet the needs of patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Margie Venter, journeyed from oncology to palliative medicine, finding her niche. Read about what palliative care means to her.
The Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK) supports health care workers in under served communities, in clinical decision making. In line with the South African Palliative Care Policy, clinicians are prompted to consider palliative care alongside usual care in serious illnesses.
Dr Julia Ambler, a paediatric palliative care doctor is co-founder of children’s hospice Umduduzi in KZN. She shares her journey to palliative care.
In a short series of blogs we will be introducing you to the board of Palprac, all palliative care doctors in South Africa.
What and why do they do what they do?
Dr René Krause gives feedback on the 6th International African Palliative Care Conference held in Kigali, September 2019. Palliative care is now considered part of Universal Health Coverage.
The first Palprac AGM was hosted on the 10th June 2019 at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town. Members attended from all parts of the country.