Palliative Care in the time of COVID-19

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Course Description

CHAI in collaboration with University of Melbourne and St. Vincent’s Hospital, Australia welcomes you to do the course on “Palliative Care in the time of COVID-19”. It aims to empower doctors with skills necessary to relieve the suffering of palliative care patients, and their families. This course creates a space for clinicians who are facing challenges in managing palliative care patients amidst the COVID pandemic to discuss and learn from the expert faculty. 

This is a unique course for doctors available online in two different modes as a live interactive session course (from September 14th to October 8th) and with an option to pursue as a self-paced course on an online CHAI Academy platform. The Palliative care course will have 7 sessions to cover in 4 weeks. Mentors will be available during the online sessions to facilitate guidance.  

Key Concepts

  • Principles of Palliative care  
  • Triage and decision making 
  • Symptomatic Management 
  • End of Life Care Provision 
  • Communication skills 
  • Bereavement counselling and Self-Care 
  • Other Emerging issues 

Expert Faculty/Mentors

Odette Spruijt

Prof Odette Spruijt, is a Palliative Medicine specialist, with over 27 years’ experience in palliative care, most of which was spent as the Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac) Department of Palliative Medicine. She completed her PhD in 2020, Lancaster University, UK, in which she explored the experiences of palliative care doctors in Australia and India in responding to the suffering of patients approaching the end of life. Odette founded and chairs the charity, Australasian Palliative Link International (APLI) and convened the Western Pacific Palliative Care Advocacy Network (WPPCAN) in 2020. She has a long association with Indian palliative care development, including in quality improvement, mentoring and as international member of the IAPC.

Jennifer Philip

Professor Jennifer Philip is the Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital and in collaboration with the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and heads the Palliative Nexus Research Group. Jennifer is a palliative care clinician, researcher and teacher. Her research focuses on improving access and equity to high quality care for people with advanced illness, increasing public awareness of options for care in this setting and improving the evidence base underpinning symptom management.

Dr David Brumley

Dr David Brumley is a palliative care physician who has worked in regional Victoria, Australia, in community, hospice and hospital consultant roles. He particularly enjoys home care and the pleasures of working in teams. He has greatly enjoyed his annual trips to Cachar Cancer Centre in Assam and his friendships there.

Dr Anil Tandon

Dr Anil Tandon has been working in palliative care since 1997 and his main position currently is with a government hospital in Perth. As you will note from his name, he is of Indian origin, his parents are from Agra UP although he was born and raised in Australia. He has worked alongside a number of palliative care services in Jharkhand, West Bengal and Mizoram over the last 10 years, and is very much looking forward to this partnership with CHAI.

Dr. Chitra Venkateswaran

Dr. Chitra Venkateswaran is faculty at the Department of Oncology and Palliative Care of Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi where the focus is on referrals from other physicians, nurses and social workers addressing the psychological and social issues of patients and families. She also devotes her time to the palliative care issues and supervising junior physicians on symptom management. She is also the founder/clinical director of Mehac Foundation, a not for profit based on a palliative care model. There they strive to deliver exceptional care to improve the quality of life of people in the community, focusing on psychological issues.

Mark Boughey

Associate Professor Mark Boughey, Director of Palliative Medicine & Deputy Director of the Centre for Palliative Care, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Continuing to strive for palliative care excellence and integration in health care, where people feel valued, needs recognized and receive appropriate responses