Keynote speakers for the 8th International Cardiff Conference on Paediatric Palliative Care

Cardiff University in Wales, UK, is looking forward to hosting the 8th International Cardiff Conference on Paediatric Palliative Care in July this year. The theme for the conference is “Worlds apart: culture and context in caring for the whole child”  which will bring into focus the claim of children’s palliative care that we care for the child ‘holistically’.

Conference Chair, Dr Richard Hain, writes, “In practice, when we talk about holism we mean many different things. The idea of ‘holistic’ care is an acknowledgement that the child’s existence is complex; that it is more than the physical and includes the spiritual and psychosocial, and that the child’s illness is not separable from the child him- or herself. It expresses a commitment that in palliative care we are going to try and remember all these dimensions when it comes to caring for each individual child and family.”

Expounding further on the the theme Dr Hain also notes that the conference “will consider the challenge of providing the same standard of care for children and their families in countries across the world, in the face of cultural contexts that can be vastly different in the way they understand medicine, dying, palliative care, ideas of family – and even the way they think of and value children themselves.”

Keynote speakers
The three highly regarded conference keynote speakers will bring their own respected expertise and vast depths of experience to share with delegates. They are:

Dr Ann Goldman, a paediatrician, now retired has a background in paediatric oncology. In 1986 she established the Symptom Care Team at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, which was the first multidisciplinary paediatric palliative care team. She was also the first medical consultant in paediatric palliative care.

Dr Goldman has worked in clinical care for the children and their families, research, teaching and has been involved in the development of palliative care services for children nationally and internationally. In 2004 she was awarded The Children’s Hospice International Outstanding Leadership award and in 2014 the Vittorio Ventafridda Award for her overall contribution to Palliative Care for Children. She has written a variety of research articles, chapters and books and is an editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children.

Dr Michelle Meiring is a Paediatric Palliative Care Paediatrician at the Red Cross Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. She is also the Founding Director of Paedspal, an NGO that provides a paediatric palliative care service to public and private patients in Cape Town, and the Chair of the national children’s palliative care network, PatchSA.

Dr Meiring has a special interest in chronic pain management. She convenes the Post-Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is also engaged in national policy making in South Africa.

Dr Adam Rapoport is a general pediatrician with a Masters degree in bioethics. In 2009, Dr Rapoport joined the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital as their paediatric consultant. In July 2011 he became the first Medical Director of the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the palliative care service at SickKids. PACT provides both inpatient and outpatient palliative care to children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families, including grief and bereavement support.

In 2013 he became Medical Director at Toronto’s first paediatric residential hospice, Emily’s House. Dr Rapoport’s academic work focuses on the intersection of his three primary interests, these being paediatrics, palliative care and ethics.

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