June 24, 2010
It was not easy to transfer and tanscribe my Australian training and experience into reality in a poor rescource limited setting in India. As I was bewildered not knowing "How to go about", IAHPC "Getting started guidelines" were really helpful. It was like somebody has switched on the light at the end of the tunnel. With the help of these guidelines, I could start introducing palliative care to doctors, community and media, was able to set up a palliative care unit, determine staffing and infrastructure, start community palliative care and we are planning to have our own hospice. As I write this review my shoes and ends of my trousers are red with water mixed soil. I just came from the funeral of my first palliative care patient. My greatest reward is we could provide palliative care to a woman in such rural and remote setting with absolutely no resources. If this could happen IAHPC has a great role. It may not be a direct involvement in the form of an aid but thier untiring efforts in the form of providing web based resources to all of us here goes a long way in providing palliative care at an "international" level. The "association" may not be direct but we have a true bonding with IAHPC.With the help of IAHPC we will strive to improve standards and quality of care provision. I wish IAHPC all the best. May God bless everyone who spend all thier time and energy in this noble "God like work".
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MY ROLE:Professional with expertise in this field & Set up a new palliative care unit in a economically deprived district of India.