Asia Pacific Hospice Conference

About the Conference

The biennial Asia Pacific Hospice Conferences of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) were inaugurated in 1989 with the dual aims of enhancing our knowledge in hospice palliative care and for networking within the region.


This conference is the focal point which brings together workers, supporters and friends of hospice and palliative care in the Asia Pacific every two years.  


It is the place where news is shared, new knowledge disseminated, new developments celebrated, new friendships made and old friendships renewed.


  1. The bid for 14th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2021 has been awarded to Japan.
  2. 13th APHC website - Maintenance in progress 

13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference, 1 - 4 August 2019, Indonesia, Surabaya

Dr Joanne LYNN, MD, MA, MS is the director of the Program to Improve ElderCare at the Altarum Institute. One of the first hospice physicians in the US, Dr. Lynn is author of more than 250 articles and a dozen books on palliative and end of life care. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, Master in the American College of Physicians, Fellow of both the American Geriatrics Society and the Hastings Center, where she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Ethics and Life Sciences, and former faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Previously a medical officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), she helped craft 2010-2011 CMS reforms relating to care transitions, post-hospital, long-term care, home hospice and community settings. Dr Lynn received an MS in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth College, MA in Philosophy and Social Policy from George Washington Universtiry and MD at Boston University.
Dr David HUI, MD, MSc, is a tenured associate professor at the Department of Palliative Care, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, with a joint appointment to the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA. His research interests include symptom management clinical trials, prognostication, integration of supportive/palliative care into oncology and research methodology. He is the principal investigator of several randomized controlled trials supported by research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the American Cancer Society. He has authored and/or co-authored over 200 scientific papers, with his work appearing at various peer-review journals such as JAMA, J Clin Oncol, CA, Lancet Oncol and Ann Oncol. He is also the author/editor of 4 books (Approach to Internal Medicine, Drugs & Drugs, and Internal Medicine Issues in Palliative Cancer Care, 50 Palliative Care Studies Every Doctor Should Know). Dr Hui has served on several NIH grant review panels and is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Recognized with multiple clinical, research, teaching, and leadership awards, he is a frequent speaker at various national and international meetings. In addition to academic pursuits, he remains active clinically in both palliative care and medical oncology.
Dr Marie BAKITAS, DNSc, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, is Professor & Marie L. O’ Koren Endowed chair at the School of Nursing. She is also the Co-Director at Center for Palliative & Supportive Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She has participated in or led over 50 clinical trials in symptom management & early palliative care.  She has developed innovative methods, such as telehealth & teleconsultation, to reduce health disparities for Deep South rural & minority cancer patients & family caregivers through an implementation trial.  She is also collaborating with colleagues in Turkey, Honduras, and Singapore to adapt ENABLE for these cultures. She has extended this work to advanced heart failure patients and their family via an in-progress NINR-funded R01 “ENABLE: CHF-PC: RCT of a Concurrent Heart Failure Palliative Care Intervention for Rural, Older Adults and their Caregivers”. Dr Bakitas has published over 100 original data-based papers, book chapters and books. Among her research & mentoring awards are the 2015 Friends of the NINR Path-Paver Award, 2016 HPNA Distinguished Researcher Award, the UAB Minority Health Research 2016 Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Award & the Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award. Dr Bakitas received her ADN & BSN from the University of Bridgeport, MS in rehabilitation/oncology nursing from Boston University, post-master’s certification as an adult nurse practitioner from the University of New Hampshire, & doctoral degree (DNSc) & post-doctoral fellowship from Yale University. She is certified in Adult Health, Hospice & Palliative Care & Oncology.
Professor David CURROW, BMed, PhD, MPH, FRACP, FAChPM, FAHMS, GAICD, is a Professor of Palliative Medicine at University of Technology Sydney, the Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Palliative and Supportive Care, Flinders University and Associate Director (Research) at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, University of Hull, England. Research includes clinical trials and use of large datasets to understand better the impact of life-limiting illnesses on patients and caregivers. Research into chronic breathlessness is a particular area of expertise. He is the principal investigator for the Australian national Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) which has randomised more than 1850 people to phase III symptom control studies, and supports an active international phase IV collaborative with data on more than 1150 people from 11 countries. These studies have been shown to influence clinical practice. He is a foundation partner in the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative (PCOC), an initiative to improve palliative care clinical outcomes. David has published more than 540 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and books. He is senior associate editor of Journal of Palliative Medicine and Editor of the 5th and 6th editions of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. David is a former president of Palliative Care Australia and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.
Professor Josephine CLAYTON, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAChPM, is a Senior Staff Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine for HammondCare’s Palliative and Supportive Care Service, based at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney and Professor of Palliative Care, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. She is Director of HammondCare’s Centre for Learning & Research in Palliative Care. Josephine leads a research program that aims to improve communication between patients, families and clinicians in order to enhance palliative and end-of-life care. Her research has been published extensively in leading international journals in palliative care and oncology, and widely translated into clinical practice.  She also has a strong interest in teaching communication skills relevant to the care of patients with life limiting illnesses. Josephine is Director of the Advance Project, a National program funded by the Australian government ( ). The Advance Project provides training and support for clinicians in primary care settings to initiate conversations with their patients about palliative care and advance care planning. Josephine is passionate about finding ways to help improve the palliative care of patients and their families facing an advanced progressive life limiting illness.

Invitation to Bid for 15th APHC

Invitation for member organizations to host the 15th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2023 has yet to open. 

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*Note: Shortlisted bids will be required to make a presentation before the council in Surabaya.



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11th APHC - Taiwan, 2015

10th APHC - Bangkok, 2013

9th APHC - Penang, 2011

Previous APHCs - 1989 to 2009