APHN 2015 Year in Review

Dear members and friends of Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN), please join us as we update you on the activities and changes that took place in 2015.

11th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference (2015)

The 11th APHC was successfully held in Taiwan this year, with over 1200 attendees. It was a biennial reunion of the Asia Pacific community, where we get together to learn from one another, exchange ideas, and form new friendships.

The APHN gave out one Rosalie Shaw travel scholarship to Ms Natchaya Bulkaron from Thailand to attend the conference. In addition, the APHN has also given out 5 travel bursaries to the following recipients:

  • Mr Fazle Noor Biswas, Bangladesh
  • Dr Shahinur Kabir, Bangladesh
  • Dr Cindy Teoh, Malaysia
  • Dr Chong Lee Ai, Malaysia
  • Dr Tharin Phenwan, Thailand

You may read their articles and reflections on attending the APHC in our previous newsletters.

The 15th APHN council was also formed during our annual general meeting in Taiwan.

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care

Dates Country Activity
January 2015 Myanmar 4th teaching programme
June 2015 Sri Lanka 3rd teaching programme
July 2015 Myanmar 5th teaching programme
September 2015 Bangladesh 3th teaching programme
January 2016 Myanmar 6th teaching programme
February 2016 Sri Lanka 4th teaching programme
March 2016 Bangladesh 4th teaching programme

In addition to the following activities, the first palliative care clinic was also started in Sri Lanka and Myanmar respectively. In Bangladesh, Palliative Medicine was accepted as a medical specialty.

APHN news editorial team

A team of volunteers from the various sectors have been formed to serve as news links of APHN at the various countries, contributing updates and news articles for the APHN website and newsletter.

Quality of Death Index 2015

The Quality of Death Index, commissioned by the Lien Foundation, a Singaporean philanthropic organisation, is based on extensive research and interviews with over 120 palliative care experts from across the world. It ranks the quality of end-of-life care across the World, as researched by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Looking forward to 2016

We would like to thank everyone who have been with us through 2015.

As we move into 2016, we hope to bring to the community more palliative care networking and educational events and activities!

Please email our secretariat at aphn@aphn.org to contribute news, events, workshops, ideas, or articles. We look forward to a year of building stronger ties having greater collaboration among organizations in the region.

We wish a happy and fulfilling year ahead to all.

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