Dr. Rajagopal, father of palliative care to give talks in Australia

Hippocratic ”“ 18 experiments in gently shaking the world, the new Australian feature documentary by Mike Hill releases nationally on October 11 with a series of special Premiere screenings and Q&A’s allowing audiences around the country an opportunity to meet the film’s inspirational star Dr MR Rajagopal.

Referred to as the “father of palliative care in India” by the New York Times, Dr Raj is a celebrated global health success story, considered by many of his peers as a spiritual leader of ethical medicine and a recipient of the Human Rights Watch Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.

This powerful biographical film, narrated by renowned British actor David Suchet CBE, explores the story of an extraordinary global health leader whose mission is to bring ethical practice to modern medicine through whole-person care and universal access to essential, but heavily restricted, pain medicines.

Hippocratic draws on the timeless wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi and the profound insights generated by Dr Raj’s own lived experiences. It reveals the challenges of delivering health care in low-resource settings, the tragedy of unnecessary suffering, but also the opportunity and empowerment of delivering ethical, whole person care through a grassroots movement.

What makes Dr Rajagopal’s life work so remarkable and noteworthy is his inspiring global example in alleviating the severe pain affecting large numbers of people not only at the bedside, but at a systemic level. Dr Rajagopal has demonstrated a relentless determination to change draconian laws over a quarter of a century and develop innovative, culturally-appropriate models of care. These models have been replicated across India and the world. Dr Rajagopal’s visit to Australia will coincide with World Hospice & Palliative Care Day 2017 taking place on Saturday 14 October.

The film and Dr Rajagopal’s work relates perfectly to this year’s theme: Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care ”“ Don’t leave those suffering behind. Hippocratic ”“ 18 experiments in gently shaking the world will be released in Australia and internationally through Demand Film, the cinema-on-demand platform that puts the audience in the drivers’ seat for the film’s theatrical release.

The film will also be available from October 14 on VOD (video-on-demand), DVD/ Blu-ray and on campuses via Kanopy via www.HippocraticFilm.com

Australian Screenings & Public Events – Book at www.HippocraticFilm.com – * Special guest: Dr Rajagopal

Wed, Oct 11 University of Adelaide Adelaide, South Australia*

Wed, Oct 11 Wollongong Hospital Adelaide, South Australia*

Fri, Oct 13 Simply Devine Cafe Gold Coast, QLD Mon, Oct 16 Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Brisbane, QLD*

Mon, Oct 16 Queensland University of Technology Brisbane, QLD*

Mon, Oct 16 Palace Barracks Cinema Brisbane, QLD*

Tues, Oct 17 Event Cinemas George Street Sydney,NSW*

Wed, Oct 18 Mater Hospital Sydney,NSW*

Wed, Oct 18 Event Cinemas Townsville City Townsville, QLD

Wed, Oct 18 Event Cinemas Maroochydore Sunshine Coast, QLD

Wed, Oct 18 Event Cinemas Rockhampton Rockhampton, QLD

Wed, Oct 18 Event Cinemas Cairns City Cairns, QLD

Wed, Oct 18 University of Melbourne Melbourne, VIC*

Thu, Oct 19 Cinema Nova Melbourne, VIC*

Thu, Oct 19 Peter Mac Cancer Centre (VCCC) Melbourne, VIC*

Sat, Oct 21 Baringo Food & Wine Co Gisborne, VIC*

Wed, Oct 25 Windsor Cinema Perth, WA*

Sat, Nov 4 Orpheus Hall Ipswitch, QLD


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