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

Plenary Speakers
Acknowledgement page
Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship
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
Dr Joephine CLAYTON


Please note that this is a thank you page to thank APHN representatives for helping out in the various committees. For the complete list of committees and members, please refer to the conference website.

Chief Liaison: Dr Ramaswamy Akhileswaran
Finance Committee: Mr Fan Kwan
Co-Chair, Scientific Committee: Professor Yoshiyuki Kizawa
Members, Scientific Committee: Dr Masanori Mori, Dr Naveen Salins
Members, Abstract Review Committee: 

A/Prof Ghauri Aggarwal Australia
Ms Jan Philips Australia
Prof Patsy Yates Australia
Dr Jane Fischer Australia
Prof Magaret O Connor Australia
Dr Odette Spruyt Australia
Dr Anil Tandon Australia
Prof Jane Philips  Australia
Dr Dipti Mittal Australia
Dr Rico Liu Hong Kong
Dr Inda Soong Hong Kong
Dr Lam Wai Man Hong Kong
A/Prof Amy Chow Hong Kong
Dr Annie Kwok Hong Kong
Prof Sushma Bhatnagar India
Prof Hyun Sook Kim Korea
Prof Kwon So Hi Korea
Mrs Liese Groot-Alberts New Zealand
Dr Sue Marsden New Zealand
Dr Ross Drake New Zealand
Dr Ong Wah Ying Singapore
A/Prof Edward Poon Singapore
Dr Gilbert Fan Singapore
Dr Neo Han Yee Singapore
A/Prof Lalit Krishna Singapore
Dr Chong Poh Heng Singapore
Dr Noreen Chan Singapore
Dr Jun Hua Lee Taiwan
Dr Chun Kai Fang Taiwan
Prof Srivieng Pairojkul Thailand
Dr Tatsuya Morita Japan
Prof Tatsuo Akechi Japan
Dr Jun Hamano Japan
Dr Ai Oishi Japan
Dr Masanori Mori Japan
Asst Prof Sayaka Takenouchi Japan
Dr Nobuyuki Yotani Japan
Dr Ryuichi Sekine Japan
Dr Isseki Maeda Japan
Dr Yoshihisa Matsumoto Japan
Dr Keiko Tanaka Japan
Dr Takashi Yamaguchi Japan
Dr Iwao Osaka Japan
Dr Akira Inoue Japan
Dr Harue Arao Japan
Ms Megumi Kishino Japan
Prof Yoshiyuki Kizawa Japan

This scholarship was created in honour of our first Executive Director, Dr Rosalie Shaw, to enable APHN members from resource limited countries to attend the Asia Pacific Hospice Conference. The successful applicant will receive support of up to USD 2,000 to fund the conference registration, travel and accommodation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current individual member of APHN
  • Nomination supported by 2 other APHN members
  • Display leadership qualities and works in a palliative care service
  • Contribution to palliative care development in your country of work or residence
  • Must submit an abstract for the APHC
  • Must submit a report on the benefits of attendance within 3 months after attending APHC
  • Has not received any grants from APHN for the past 5 years

Preference will be given to members who have not received sponsorship of any kind for attending regional and international palliative care conferences.

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