Barry R. Ashpole

Barry R. Ashpole

Educator, Communications Consultant & Media Specialist

Guelph, Ontario, CANADA
Office: 519.837.8936
E-mail: barryashpole@bell.net

Barry Ashpole publishes Media Watch, a weekly, annotated listing of current articles, reports, etc., from the lay press and specialist publications in health care and related fields. International in scope, it is intended as an advocacy, research and teaching tool. It is posted on the IPCRC website at: http://www.ipcrc.net/archive-global-palliative-care-news.php

In Canada, Barry has developed and taught in-class and online courses for frontline care providers on many different aspects of end-of-life care – in Ontario at Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology, Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology, and Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Subjects included communications, consent and informed decision making; ethical and legal aspects of end-of-life care; psychosocial aspects of end-of-life care; and, death, grief and bereavement. In addition, Barry has facilitated workshops, also for frontline care providers, on care planning, the family caregiver, and advocacy.

In Singapore, Barry has lectured at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore) and also at the Lien Centre for Palliative Care.

Barry is a contributor to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine (Nathan Cherny et al., eds, 5th Edition, Oxford University Press, U.K., Forthcoming 2015). The section he authored is titled 'Communication with the Public, Policy Makers and the Media.'

Barry's involvement in hospice and palliative care dates from 1985. As a communications consultant, he has been involved in a broad range of initiatives – from the Canadian government's Compassionate Care Benefit for family caregivers to regional education programs on care planning, communications in the hospice and palliative care setting, and advocacy. For 15 years he was the editor of the Pain Management Newsletter, a quarterly publication that focused primarily on clinical issues in pain and symptom management in terminal illness. He has edited or produced a number of single-sponsored educational publications for both health care professionals and the lay public, for example, The Palliative Patient: Principles of Treatment, and Journeys: A Series of Booklets on Dying at Home.

Barry is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and served for many years on a number of committees, including the planning committee for the annual Ontario provincial palliative care conference.

Barry's other interests include opera. He has authored and presented widely on a range of operatic subjects and offers a community college course on Italian opera. He is an enthusiastic record collector and since 1993 has been the editor of the journal of the Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC Journal), a U.S. based organization with an international membership.

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