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Pain Management In Palliative Care: Applying Sector Reforms in Armenia

30 May 2019 10:50 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

The first IPOS Academy in Armenia!

Considerable progress has been made in the field of palliative care (PC) in Armenia in the last eight years. However, a number of problems remain unresolved. Policy work has included the implementation of national needs assessment and the approval of the National Concept on PC. PC has been included in the list of specialized medical aid and services, national standards have been introduced and the social assistance package has been approved. In addition, the Government of Armenia has approved the National Strategy on Palliative Care for Adults and the 2017-2019 Action Plan. Extensive efforts have been carried out to make pain medication available. In November 2017, the government removed the difficult procedures hindering access to opioid pain medications and new regulations in pain management were approved.

With new regulations, new approaches are needed in practice. To address this need, the Armenian Psycho-Oncology Association, with the support of Open Society Foundations-Armenia, is organizing the two-day interdisciplinary conference “Pain Management In Palliative Care: Applying Sector Reforms in Armenia” on June 7-8, 2019.

The conference will aim to enhance awareness and capacity in pain management among medical and psychosocial staff, civil society organizations, government representatives and the general public. The conference program will place great emphasis on mental health and its role in the process of pain management. For the first time in Armenia, the method of the Motivational Interviewing will be presented during the conference in the framework of a full-day workshop provided by Dr. Rachel Green (Vice-President, AFDEM (l'Association francophone de la diffusion de l'entretien motivationnel)) and Dr. Melissa Henry (Assistant Professor, McGill University, Director, Psychosocial Oncology Research Group Jewish General Hospital.).  

The conference is organized with the co-sponsorship of the International Psycho-Oncology Society and Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance and holds the status of the first IPOS Academy in Armenia.

For more information please visit www.apoa.am

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