by Cynthia Goh, Asia-Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network, 2 August 2017
Associate Professor Cynthia Goh is Chair of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network.
Australia and New Zealand are acknowledged leaders in fostering palliative care development in the Asia Pacific region. In much of this region, pioneers are struggling to establish good end-of-life services in the face of little political and financial support. Eighty percent of the world’s dying has little or no access to morphine for pain relief.
The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have been ranked as the top three countries worldwide in the 2015 Economist Quality of Death Index. The eyes of the world are on these nations and on how they discharge their responsibilities to dying people.
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