Hospis Malaysia
 
Hospis Malaysia
http://www.hospismalaysia.org/
 
Date Established and Background
Incorporated in 1991, Hospis Malaysia is a charitable organisation that provides palliative care and medicine at absolutely no cost to anyone who lives within the Klang Valley and who has a life-limiting illness regardless of type. What palliative care and medicine does is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families by helping to reduce the severity of their physical, psychological, psychosocial, and spiritual symptoms.

Homecare
This forms the core of Hospis Malaysia’s service where its doctors and nurses visit patients at their (patients’) homes to administer palliative care and medicine. Approximately 600-700 home visits are made each month by its palliative care team of 14 staff which include doctors, nurses, a pharmacist, a clinical psychologist and an occupational therapist. Hospis Malaysia also has a 24-hour on-call service that attends to emergencies at any time. Patients can also loan medical equipment from Hospis Malaysia at no charge.

Day Care
Provides an outlet for patients to be treated and reviewed in a daycare setting where they are able to socialize, and enjoy varied therapeutic activities. Meals, physiotherapy, review of symptoms and transportation (where necessary) are provided free-of-charge. The Day Care centre is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is managed by a palliative care doctor, a palliative care nurse and volunteers.

Training & Education
As a recognized training provider in the field of palliative care and medicine, Hospis Malaysia trains and educates members of the medical circle via its many workshops, lectures (at medical and nursing schools), attachment programs, and its involvement in medical and scientific meetings. Hospis Malaysia also has its own international teaching faculty which adds weight to the credibility of its training & educational programs. In Malaysia, Hospis Malaysia is the largest hospice in terms of the number of patients it accepts each year.

Location
No.2, Jln 4/96, Off Jln Sekuci, Taman Sri Bahtera, Jln Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur

Vision
Hospis Malaysia’s vision is to become the centre of excellence for Palliative Medicine & Care in Malaysia.

Mission
Provide the best possible Palliative Care services to the community based on its’ needs and the human and financial resources available Assist in the training and education of health professionals in the necessary skills of Palliative Care to provide relief of suffering that affects patients and their families Increase awareness of the needs of those with progressive and life threatening illnesses Value life and promote quality of life for all patients regardless of illness, or stage of illness through advocacy, education and research.

Council, Management and Staff
Hospis Malaysia is governed by a Council that comprises 8 volunteer professionals from the medical, finance, legal, administrative and business circle, and a full-time CEO/Medical Director. The operational aspects of Hospis Malaysia are run by a team of management and staff, headed by the CEO/Medical Director who supervises the team of doctors, nurses, and operational staff.

Accounts and Auditors
Hospis Malaysia ’s accounts are audited by RSM Robert Teo, Kuan & Co.

Funding Needs
Hospis Malaysia currently cares for over 1500 patients every year and requires approximately RM1.6 million per annum to fund its operational activities. The areas of major expenditure are: Operational Expansion, to cater for the increasing number of patients, which in- turn requires more doctors and nurses as well as equipment and facilities. Education and Training, to train more doctors and nurses in palliative medicine which requires investment in education and training resources and tools Public Awareness, to create greater awareness of Palliative Care among the public by publishing newsletters, organising public awareness events, talks and participating in road shows.

Contact Person
Tham Su Ming, General Manager
Mobile: 03 9133 3936
Email: suming@hospismalaysia.org