International Women’s Day – Dr Rosalie Shaw


Dr Rosalie Shaw, the former Executive Director of APHN was interviewed by ehospice:

“Dr Rosalie Shaw OAM, PSM, PBM is one of the most influential women working in the field of palliative care in Australia. ehospice caught up with Dr Shaw to learn a little more about her experiences working in the sector…


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.

After Cicely – an article by Time Out Singapore

Death isn’t the easiest topic to talk about, but two young Singaporean women – Jean Qingwen Loo and Yang Huiwen, the duo behind creative agency Logue – took the challenge in their stride, directing and producing a short film (accompanied by five photo documentaries) in collaboration with the philanthropic Lien Foundation.  To read the full article, click here.

MOU signed between APHN and BSMMU


A MOU was signed between the APHN and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on 19 February 2013 to provide a Training-of-Trainers Programme in Palliative Care at the BSMMU Centre for Palliative Care.  The 1st Bangladesh programme is scheduled for 6-10 April 2013.  Persons interested in attending this programme should contact the BSMMU Centre for Palliative Care (enquiries may be sent to Prof Nezamuddin at  This follows the recent feasibility study visits to Bangladesh and Myanmar. The 1st Myanmar programme is planned for 2013 (dates to be confirmed)…more

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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.