Invest! Innovate! Include!

The WHO Collaborating Centre in Salzburg stood strong for Innovation, better end of life care, and high quality palliative care education at the WHO Regional meeting of Government Chief Nursing Officers, WHO collaborating centres and European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations in Athens from the 3rd to 4th of October, 2018.

A truly EPICC meeting in Malta

The 2nd teaching and learning event of ERASMUS+ Project “Enhancing Nurses' and Midwives’ Competence in Providing Spiritual Care through Innovative Education and Compassionate Care” took place from the 24th to the 28th of September, 2018 at the University...

EDUPALL Consortium meets in Aachen

The 2nd consortium meeting of EDUPALL Project took place from the 11th to 13th of June 2018 in Aachen, Germany.

The overall aim of this ERASMUS Plus supported project is to develop a standardized curriculum for undergraduate medical students in...

WHO CC Fieldwork from April to October, 2018

Dr. Andreas Stähli is currently conducting an ethnographic fieldwork in Eastern-Europe and Central-Asian countries to enquire about the structures of post-graduate palliative care education and explore the needs for further developments. The fieldwork data...

EAPC Educational Survey

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a strong commitment to supporting and developing palliative care structures as an important component of integrated treatment for young and old throughout the life course (World Health Organization, 2014). To...


Two business models for nurse-led palliative care

As the population ages, the corresponding rise in people living with life-limiting illnesses will lead to a greater need for clinician experts in palliative medicine. There are not enough physicians available to care for the growing number of patients. Nurse practitioners are well positioned to meet this demand.

The Pontifical Academy of Life has published a White Paper on Palliative Care Global Advocacy

The Catholic Church's appreciation for the Palliative Care as an approach to take care of the vulnerable is evident in its catechism, which includes the following statement “palliative care represents a special form of disinterested charity, and as such, should be encouraged” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2279).

The future of end-of-life care

Because of advances in modern medicine and increasing life expectancy, population ageing is affecting developed nations, and, increasingly, the developing world. This change brings higher prevalence of chronic diseases and multimorbidity as an emerging priority for global health research. Less often discussed are the implications of these global trends for death and dying, which will become more common and more complex.

The World Population is Growing Older

The global population's shift toward an older age structure will accelerate. Older adults' (ages 65+) share of the global population is projected to rise to 16 percent by 2050, with the segment ages 85 and older growing the fastest. Children's (ages 0 to 14) share is falling, with a projected decrease to 21 percent by 2050.

Teaching Palliative Medicine in Europe

The introduction of palliative medicine depends on the existence of a favorable social and political context in relation to palliative care and the initiative of pioneers, trusted by students, to push this education forward. Lack of recognition, funding, and accredited teachers are currently the main barriers.