13th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care

EAPC201330 May to 2 June 2013 @ Prague, Czech Republic

“The 2013 congress theme is “Palliative Care – the right way forward”. The major thematic thread in the scientific program will relate to access to palliative care as a human right. The programme will discuss the gaps where this human right is not yet available, but also will discuss different models and ways to make palliative care available and accessible for everybody who needs it. This discussion touches ethical, legal, economical, medical, and social challenges which all need to be addressed…” message from the Scientific Committee Chair, Lukas Radbruch

Registration is still open. More information can be obtain from the official website here.


IJPN Awards Ceremony 2013

APHN congratulates two of our members who had won first prize at the recent International Journal of Palliative Nursing awards ceremony.  They are:

  • Professor Hyun Sook Kim (Seoul, Korea), won 1st prize for the Educator of the year award;
  • Dr Ann Thyle (Lalitpur, India), together with her palliative care team won 1st prize for the Development award

More about the award ceremony can be read from ehospice’s website here.

Professor Hyun Sook Kim

Professor Hyun Sook Kim

Dr Ann Thyle (lady in pink) and her Palliative Care Team

Dr Ann Thyle (lady in pink) and her Palliative Care Team

Pain Management in Palliative Care Symposium 2013

Sydney_Uni4 May 2013 @ Sydney, Australia

The University of Sydney would like to invite you to attend their annual symposium focusing on pain management in palliative care.  The one day symposium will examine the experience, assessment and management of pain for people in this situation from physical, psychological and spiritual perspectives. The symposium is based on the IASP core curriculum, with expert speakers providing updates on best clinical practice and participating in case presentations.  More information can be obtained from the flyer here.

2nd International Multidisciplinary Forum on Palliative Care


3 to 6 October 2013 @ Sofia, Bulgaria

The upcoming conference is targeted at all medical professions from all fields of medicine. The three day conference will focus on innovative educational sessions in palliative care for non palliative care specialists. The program will include presentations, interactive workshops, and present research at various levels of development

If you are a Family Medicine Physician, Oncologist, Geriatrician, Neurologist, Nephrologist, Pediatrician , a Pain and Palliative physician, Nurse, Social Worker, Psychologist, Physical Therapist, Chaplain or any other paramedical professional, interested in improving your palliative care skills and knowledge, this conference is for you.  More information can be obtained at their official website here.

4th International Society of Advance Care Planning & End of Life Care

4th_ISACP&ELC9 to 11 May 2013 @ Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia

Following the success of the first three international conferences in Melbourne, London and Chicago, Associate Professor William Silvester, Conference Chair, welcomes the conference of the International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care back to Melbourne in 2013.

The theme of the conference, “Putting words into action”, reflects upon the need to take action through doing the basic and applied research, taking action on implementing advance care planning programs into all health care settings and, most importantly, ensuring that the words that people record in their advance care plans and advance care directives are respected and acted upon when it counts.  To increase the evidence base for advance care planning and ensure that evidence translates into better end of life health care.

More information about the conference and registration can be obtained from their official website here.

IASP Pain Management Camp 2013

IASP Pain Camp 2013The Pain Association of Singapore (PAS) is organising the Association of South East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) conference this May. The ASEAPS conference is a biennial conference organised by the Pain Societies from ASEAN – comprising of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. Apart from the main conference, there will a Pain Management Camp and a Pain Refresher Course.

The Pain Management Camp is a 5 day course that aims to teach participants about pain assessment and management in an interactive manner. This Pain Management Camp started out as a pilot pain education project from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). It was first held 2 years ago in Thailand during the ASEAPS 2011 conference and was very well received then. This year it will be held from 28th April to 2nd May 2013 in conjunction with the ASEAPS 2013 conference in Singapore.

Doctors (especially advanced specialty trainees) and other health care professionals (nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologist etc.) are strongly encouraged to attend the Pain Management Camp.

Applicants to the Pain Management Camp must fulfill the set criteria and be current members of both the IASP and their local IASP chapter.

Further details of the Pain Management Camp may be found on the ASEAPS conference website here.

12th Australian Palliative Care Conference

APCC20133 to 6 September 2013 @ National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

Professor Patsy Yates, Chair of the Conference Executive Committee invites you to the 12th Australian Palliative Care Conference.  Palliative Care – everyone’s business will bring together over 700 delegates from across Australia and the world to explore the importance of palliative care in all its dimensions.  Clinicians, researchers, volunteers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and all those who have a passion for palliative care will share best practice, hear the latest research, be challenged by keynote speakers and build valuable networks.

Abstract submission will be opened on 18 February 2013.  Please refer to their official website at APCC 2013 for more information on abstract submission and registration.  The Conference Secretariat can be contacted at apcc2013@dcconferences.com.au.

Multi-Professional Week in Palliative Care, September 2013

St Christopher's Hospice16 to 20 September 2013 @ St Christopher’s Hospice, London, UK

This established course, led by St Christopher’s Hospice staff, provides an opportunity for health and social care professionals from a variety of settings and countries to work together on exploring the key principles of palliative care and multi-professional working.  It will enable members to develop greater confidence in the practice of their palliative care skills within their own clinical areas and in multi-professional teams.

Learning outcomes will be: to consider the core principles and elements of palliative care; to appreciate multi-professional working in theory and team dynamics; and to explore the working practices of palliative and end of life care from a multi-professional perspective.

More details and registration can be obtained from their website here at St Christopher’s Hospice.