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The Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) is a registered NPO in South Africa. Founded in 1987, the HPCA is a member organisation for South African hospices. As a national charity, the association champions and supports around 89 member organisations that provide hospice services to approximately 100,000 patients and their families per year. HPCA's member hospices across South Africa care for patients with a variety of life-threatening diseases, predominantly in the comfort of their own homes.
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Psychosocial palliative care: Breaking bad news well
In this second piece in the three-article series on psychosocial palliative care, we focus on communication skills. Thoughtful communication and counselling between healthcare professionals, patients and families is crucial to ensure that patients are afforded the opportunity and right to die in dignity and as peacefully as possible. 18 May 2023 Read more

Palliative care can extend life
Hospice Week takes place this year from 7-13 May 2023. Every year, this week focuses on highlighting the role that hospices play in the medical and healthcare landscape. This year, it takes place post the Palliative Care Conference (held late April) that brought together the diverse disciplines that make up palliative care services and highlighted the holistic nature of this very special and essential service. 5 May 2023 Read more

Psychosocial palliative care: The emotional and spiritual aspects of the journey
Covid-19 was a harsh teacher to many in the medical profession on the need for psychosocial and spiritual knowledge and skills when faced with someone's pending mortality. It has long been understood in the palliative care sector that equipping professionals with the skills and knowledge to understand what is required to assist a patient that has been given a life-limiting diagnosis, as well as knowing how to help them or to bring in the available support, is vital to both the person receiving the diagnosis and their loved ones. The journey to our final destination is one that can be ably supported. This article is the first in a series of three that outlines the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of palliative care and its importance as part of holistic care. 4 May 2023 Read more

Don't wait until death to fully live
"You only die once, but you live every day," - an expression many of us have heard and one that may particularly resonate after the last two years. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many of us to re-evaluate our lives - to take stock of our priorities and to decide whether our life design, as it is, works for us. For many, this has led to life altering decisions and changes and, for many, it has led to embracing life within a 'new normal', complete with a new 'bucket list'. 7 Feb 2022 Read more

HPCA course bookings for the online version of 'Introduction to Palliative Care for Professionals' are open for 2022
The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) launched the online version of their 'Introduction to Palliative Care for Professionals' course in early 2021. The delegate feedback has been very positive and the Department of Health has secured all places available for January 2022. 14 Jan 2022 Read more

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