26 Sep '11, 5am

A 'good death' can be realised only if we are ready to speak about death openly, say palliative care experts.

RECENT media reports and Forum letters highlight an important social and public health concern: How should society best embed palliative care into our collective consciousness? Ms Ada Chan ('Death: Change the mindsets'; last Friday) is correct to assert that 'palliative care has yet to see a major breakthrough' in Singapore. The issues are complex but it is possible and necessary to move forward in 'bite-size' initiatives. First, there needs to be a coherent whole-of- society (and not just whole-of-government) movement that is well-coordinated with clearly defined roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders. In this respect, the Ministry of Health is to be commended for initiating the development of a multi-stakeholder national palliative-care strategy, which is nearing completion. We hope this will expand into a national dialogue around end-of-life care and wha...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_716697...

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