WHPCD Events in the Region 2019

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world and takes place on the second Saturday of October every year.

This year’s WHPCD fell on 12 October 2019 and the theme is “My Care, My Right“. The theme aims to communicate that palliative care can be demanded by the public – and that, together, every person impacted by a life limiting illness can influence their policy makers to prioritize palliative care financing under Universal Health Coverage.

Many palliative care organisations and services organised their own events to commemorate WHPCD in their own way. Some of our organisational members have kindly shared articles and photographs about their WHPCD event. Click on the tabs below to find out more!

*Articles and photos were provided by the services and organisations

AIIMS Raipur conducted a sensitization program on palliative care for healthcare providers. The team presented and discussed the concept of palliative care and its benefit with the medical and nursing faculties that attended the program.  About 30-40 doctors and nurses participated in this program.  This was aimed at improving the referral services within the institute.

AIIMS Bhopal also organised a palliative care workshop on WHPCD. They organized an initiative to make Bhopal pain free by organizing a workshop on palliative care which was well attended by around 40-45 doctors and nurses from institutes around Bhopal.

AIIMS Bhubaneswar organised a nurse’s enrichment program as part of their WHPCD activity. Around 100 nurses from the hospital participated in this program along with the nursing principal of the college.  Pain and nursing issues in cancer patients was taught along with role play on communication skills. 

The two partner institutes in this project AIIMS, Delhi and KMC, Manipal also organised activities on WHPCD.

AIIMS, Delhi organised an activity for undergraduates, postgraduate students and nurses on the concept of end of life care, which was followed by a quiz.  This was well attended by the students and nurses.

Activity at KMC, Manipal

Kasturba Medical College and Hospital organised a walkathon on WHPCD. The idea was to take the activity out to the public and create awareness about palliative care. This was preceded by newspaper articles and talk shows on palliative care. The Heads of the Institutes released videos urging the public to participate in the “Walk for Palliative Care.” Over 900 students and senior citizens participated in this activity. The Superintendent of Police, Udupi District was the Chief Guest.




BALCO Medical Center, Raipur organised a 2-hour patient awareness program.  The patients and their relatives were briefed about the benefits of palliative care.  This was followed by a play regarding palliative care by nurses and an educational presentation for patients by the nurses.

Government Hospital, Gandhinagar, Jammu organised a CME for doctors and nurses in the district/state on palliative care. This was well attended by over 40 medical professionals from various local government hospitals and primary care centers.

You may click here to watch their invite.

Mahavir Cancer Institute and Research Center, Patna conducted a public awareness campaign on Palliative Care on WHPCD. The Medical Superintendent announced the plans for construction of a 100-bed hospice for cancer patients in Patna. The local newspapers highlighted the need for palliative care in the state, and also the plans for opening of the new palliative care center.

12th Oct marked this years’ World Palliative Care Day. Pallium India celebrates this day as an annual event by dedicating it to patients and their families. This year the event titled “Kanivu 2019” (meaning compassion) was sponsored and conducted by The Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Kovalam (IHMCT) with the whole-hearted support of their students and staff.

The theme this year is “Palliative Care: My Care, My Right”. The management, students and staff of IHMCT became so sensitized to the cause of palliative care that they went beyond the theme to reaffirm that “If your Care is your right, then it equally becomes my responsibility to give you that Care”. The event witnessed the highest degree of professionalism in planning and execution to the minutest detail by the students led by Shri.Rahul and the staff, prominent among them being Ms. Jolly Joseph, HOD. Considering that they needed to cater to a crowd of 520 that included patients (188), their caregivers and family members, staff and volunteers of Pallium India, this was indeed a daunting and mammoth task by sheer scale. The hospitality and dedication displayed by the students especially and the staff was to be seen to be believed. The degree of hospitality demanded special attention to some of the patients and the students satisfied that requirement in ample measure.

The event was inaugurated by Shri. S.M.Vijayanand (IAS), former Chief Secretary, Govt of Kerala, who was the chief guest, felicitation was by Shri.Rajashekhar, Principal IHMCT, Shri.Sree Kumar Muttacaud, IAPC Secretary, Shri K.Sivadasan Nair, President, TIPC. The event compered by Vyshnavi of Pallium India began with a prayer and lighting of the lamp followed by an ice-breaking session of games organized by the students separately for the patients and their caregivers. This was followed by songs and dances performed by the students of IHMCT who delighted the audience with their excellent performance. Rajesh Kuttichal (a person with paraplegia), a gifted singer who enthralled the audience with his superb renditions stole everyone’s heart. The excitement created by the scintillating songs carried the students, volunteers and staff of Pallium India on to the stage to ventilate their joy by dancing to the songs. The patients and their families too enjoyed the entertainment on display, letting go of their inhibitions, taking part in games and having heart-to-heart conversations with their friends who they only got to meet on such occasions. The staff and volunteers of Pallium India who manned the registration counters and were available for help had little to do as all aspects were diligently taken care of by the students.

The Pallium India visual and print media awards were given away at the occasion by Shri Vijayanand. Please read about it here: https://palliumindia.org/2019/10/mascom-and-sheela-jaywant-win-pallium-indias-media-awards/

The students had taken care of the hungry stomachs by their culinary delights offering a wide variety of mouth-watering veg meals (25 items to be precise that included 3 salads and 3 desserts) to suit every taste bud. Tea and snacks were served during the morning and in the evening.

The event ended on a highly successful note with a Vote of Thanks by Shri.Babu Abraham of Pallium India. The students, staff and Management of IHMCT have by their uncompromising support for palliative care proven themselves to be a responsible and highly sensitized citizens to this noble cause and thus joined the torch bearers of their generation. The world needs many more of them.

The patients carried home beautiful memories of this annual day out with them and it won’t be long before they yearn for the next one to arrive soon. We look forward to that day too with pleasure.

RNT Medical College, Udaipur organised an orientation program titled “An overview on Palliative Care” as part of the WHPCD 2019 activities which was attended by over 70 doctors. The nurses organized a bedside lecture on nursing issues in palliative care for other hospital nurses

The local newspaper highlighted the program and enumerated the benefits of palliative care.

SMS Medical College, Jaipur organised an awareness program for general public about palliative care. Many patients and their relatives attended this program.  The program focused on caregiver education and empowerment and home-based palliative care.

You may click here to watch their invitation.

SHKM, GMC, Haryana organised a CME on Pain Assessment and WHO Ladder followed by discussion about Palliative Care. This was attended by over 30 doctors and nurses from the institute.  This advocacy was aimed at sensitizing the healthcare providers within the hospital about Palliative Care.

You may click here to watch their invitation.

To commemorate World Hospice Palliative Care Day 2019  'Aisyiyah will hold an event along with the Pink Day which will take place in Bantaeng, South Sulawesi.

At this event ‘Aisyiyah will launch the Integrated Palliative Care Model in the Community and also the Integrated Palliative Care Guidebook in the Community .

There will be around 1500 people in this event, and attended by the Central Executive Chair ‘Aisyiyah, representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, and the Regent of Bantaeng Regency.

*Pictures from the event to be posted.

Hospice & Palliative Care Ward of Bobath Memorial Hospital commemorated WHPCD 2019 with two special events.

We prepared "Scent of Life: Hospice Photo Exhibition 2019" with pictures of hospice patients & their families who had been staying in the hospice ward in year 2016 ~ 2019. These pictures were taken by interdisciplinary team members instead of a professional photographer. We invited the yearning families in the pictures and shared our unforgettable moment at the time with deceased. The exhibition was held from 24th of October to 30th of September.

The second event was held on 12th of October at the one of the most popular subway stations in Sungnam city, Yatop public square. The theme of the public campaign was "Let's talk about Hospice & Palliative Care" & "No more pain with Palliative care!". We prepared more than 500 brochures, pamphlets and a small gift (a high quality protection mask for air pollution) which was given to the public. Eleven hospice nurses, two hospice social workers with five volunteers participated and dedicated more than six hours to promote Hospice Palliative Care to celebrate WHPCD 2019.

Penang Hospice Society held a Hospice Day Food & Fun Fair on 22nd September.

In conjunction with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2019, Datuk Victor Raja Chairman of Persatuan Hospis Tawau, Nurse Coordinator Wong, Staff Nurse Nur Azieana , Staff Admin Marcus and volunteer Chung Moi Kui visited Amin Amirullah bin Abas to celebrate his 10th birthday at his residence at Jalan Pantai, Tawau Lama, Tawau, Sabah.

The visitors brought along gifts for Amin and a birthday cake. Datuk Victor thanked Avis Yong from Lions Club of Tawau Central for sponsoring gifts to Amin.

Amin was diagnosed with pre-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia on 5th October 2015 at the age of 5. He was under cancer treatment at Hospital Wanita Dan Kanak-Kanak Sabah,Likas, Kota Kinabalu. He has been under the care of the Tawau Hospice Home Care programme since 25.05.2016.

Persatuan Hospis Tawau also organized a Specialist Clinic and Free Screening for the public on October 12. The screening was done by specialist , doctors and nurses from Hospital Tawau. 65 guest screened for breast cancer and 4 referred to Hospital Tawau. While 77 guest screened for ear, nose and throat cancer and 31 cases referred to Hospital Tawau. Blood Pressure and Glucose checking were done by nurses of Persatuan Hospis Tawau. 62 checked their blood pressure and 38 checked for blood glucose.


Makati Medical Center conducted a lobby exhibit from October 14-18 2019, utilising the World Hospice Palliative Care Day 2019 theme " My Care, My Right".

“My Care, My Right”
Commemoration of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day -2019

The Commemoration of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day took place at the Dr. Pradap C. Reddy Auditorium –Lanka Hospitals, Colombo 5. The function was well attended with over 200 invitees in attendance.

The function started with the National anthem. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp of learning by the Board members, Chief Guest, Resource persons and important dignitaries.

The welcome address was delivered by Dr. D.K.D.Mathew, the President of the Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka

The Chief Guest for the function this year was The World Health Organization representative in Sri Lanka, Dr. Razia Pendse.

The programme was studded with simple but very interesting and useful topics by well known resource persons. Topics covered were on “Critical Legal Issues relating to Palliative Care in Sri Lanka” by Hon. Justice Yasantha Kodagoda, “A Good Death” by Prof. Thashi Chang Professor in Neurology, University of Colombo and “Practical difficulties in the management of Cerebral Palsy – Optimizing Care to Improve Outcomes” by Dr. Saraji Wijesekara Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics & Consultant Paediatric Neurology University of Sri Jayawardenapura.

The high light of the event was the Malika Rani Khoja Oration by Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa Board Member, Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka and the topic was “Low Tech High Touch Community based Palliative Care”. He made a presentation on community projects provided all over Sri Lanka for those in need of Palliative care which was highly commended by the audience.

A special souvenir was also published to mark this occasion with many interesting articles on the subject of Palliative Care as well as on the work done by the Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka in the field of palliative care.

The Hospice Foundation of Taiwan held the “2019 Hospice Film and Book Fair” on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, which fell on October 12th this year . The event was held in the lobby of the Taipei Main Station, a major transportation hub, where the MRT, the Taiwan Railway and the High Speed Rail converge.

Two films were shown at the fair, “Coco” by PIXAR (the Mandarin Edition), and “Human Condition 1” (the Abridged Edition) the first play directed by Wu Nien-Jen, a well-known film director in Taiwan and the spokesperson of the Hospice Foundation of Taiwan. The two films juxtaposed differing concepts of death under distinct cultural backgrounds. Both  films highlighted the importance of reconciliation, giving thanks, making amends, expressing love, and saying goodbye when faced with the uncertainties of life.

Discussions took place after the film showings. In a lighthearted and casual manner, the audience members were encouraged to reflect upon issues such as the quality of death, and medical rights at the end of life. As a highlight of the event, Director Wu Nien-Jen came to the fair in the afternoon and shared about his recent experiences with an accidental fall and his battle with cancer. He shared about the changes in his personal reflections on life and death, and also his thoughts on medical treatment at the end of life.

In addition to the film showings, the Hospice Foundation of Taiwan also planned a book fair with a focus on hospice and palliative care. Books from more than 21 publishers were exhibited. There were a total of 88 different books, films, and picture books from all over the world, allowing participants and passersby to recognize that "hospice and palliative care and dying a good death" has become a common concern both domestically and internationally.

The event, held in recognition and support of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, drew more than 1,300 people.

Karunruk Palliative Care Center and Thai Palliative Care Network (TPCN) organised a palliative care mini marathon at Khon Kaen province (1,100 participants) and Loei province (500 participants) on 12 October 2019. This is the first time palliative care running event has been organised. During these events, we advocate palliative care, supportive care and advance care plan.

Aim for the event:

  1. Raising social awareness about palliative care and advance care planning.
  2. Raising funds for help poor palliative care patients and families
  3. Event was organised with the support from local companies and local people (no paid organizer), hence, we got more alliances through this event.

You may click here to access our Facebook page for photos from the event!

On the 2nd of November, we arranged a living will social event with the Rotary Foundation at Khon Kaen. As part of the healthy living day at Bangkok, we organized living will work shop. 

Basic Qualitative Research in Healthcare- PalC, Singapore

Basic Qualitative Research in Healthcare

Date / Time:

29 January 2020 (9am – 5pm) and 30 January 2020 (9am – 1pm)


Level 7, Learning L7-002

Ng Teng Fong Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI)

18 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308443

Who should attend:

Healthcare professionals interested in venturing into qualitative research in health professions education, health education and promotion, and health services.

Synopsis This is a 1.5-day programme in basic qualitative research designed for healthcare professionals who are interested to embark on qualitative research. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic elements required to get started on a qualitative research study.
  1. The Elements of the Research Process
  2. Research Design in Qualitative Research:  Formulating a Research Problem, Sampling, Getting Started
  3. Overview of Research Methodologies
  4. Methods for Data Gathering (Interactive)
  5. Data Analysis (hands-on)
  6. Researcher Positionality
Course Fees (including GST) SGD 513.60 per person
Trainer .

Registration closing date: 10 January 2020

Please complete the course registration form attached and email it to yan_hua_toh@nhg.com.sg.

If you have any queries, contact Ms Toh Yan Hua (Executive, NHG College) at 6340 2355 or yan_hua_toh@nhg.com.sg.

For information on other courses offered by PalC, please visit www.palc.org.sg.

APHN Bursaries 2019 Reports

APHN awarded bursaries to a select handful of our members to attend the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2019 in Surabaya, Indonesia this year. Below are some of the reports written by our bursary recipients on their conference experience.

It was a great experience to attend the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Conference in Surabaya, Indonesia on 1st to 4th August, 2019. I am Dr. Israt Jahan Dowel, working dedicatedly as a physician in Palliative care, Bangladesh, since March, 2018. I had already completed the Lien Collaborative’s APHN Training of Trainers program from July, 2018 to March, 2018, which enlightened me with the great knowledge about palliative care and pain management.

For APHC 2019, I was selected for poster presentation as well as oral presentation. It was a huge achievement for me which made me more confident in my career, showed me the path how to improve palliative care services in my country, and taught me how to overcome obstacles.

Because of the similar cultures and socioeconomic conditions, the presentation of other Asian countries inspired and helped me to get more ideas to improve our palliative set up. I found out our ranking of Bangladesh among palliative care providers of Asia. After coming back to my country, I met with other palliative care physicians and shared my knowledge and experiences. I have started providing palliative care nurse training at the Bangladesh Palliative and Supportive Care Foundation, where the 1st training was held on 9th September 2019. There, 20 BSc nurses was trained by me and Dr. Rumana Dowla regarding the basics of palliative and home care services.

APHC made it easier to meet and get to know other participants from India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Oman etc. who were really helpful. We have established social communication on platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook and shared our newer achievements and experiences. Some of them also offered for me to have training at their center after my upcoming graduation. This friendly environment made it suitable for referral of patients among each other.
Finally, I believe participation in this kind of conferences should be encouraged among healthcare providers of low socioeconomic countries, who can contribute toward the developments of palliative and hospice care services in their native countries.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

It was my great honor to attend the APHN meeting and receive this bursary. The conference left a deep impression on me. It provided me a great opportunity to understand the development and challenges of palliative care in other countries and sectors of the world. I have some thoughts to share.

With regards to symptom control, the conference helped me realize that the most important aspect of symptom control is to identify problems, conduct research to guide clinical practice, and form adapted guidelines for China. For example, different phases of life have different symptoms. While we are quite familiar with the symptoms of impending death, research may help us better predict life expectancy as accurately as possible. Better understanding of life expectancy would benefit decision-making for both doctors and family members. Thus, improving scientific research capabilities is the main task for us.

The development of palliative care in China is in the preliminary stage. There are four ways that we can learn from Taiwan’s experience in establishing palliative care: 1) evidence-based treatments, 2) policy support from the government, 3) specialized education, and 4) professional clinical care. Challenges do exist in every part in China. The success of the palliative care field requires the unity of different industries. Also, we need adequate support of funding, policy, and professional staffing.

Last but not least, people in China avoid mentioning any word that relates to “death”. The result is that the more they fear death, the greater suffering they experience when they are dying. In China, there is a “living will” campaign to advocate for people to talk about death and make a plan of care for when people face an incurable disease. In western countries, an advanced care plan (ACP) plays a more important role than “living will” in China, for it has a legal effect. If ACP could be established in China, people would be able to enjoy high quality and dignified death, and the doctor-patient relationship would be more harmonious.

There is no ready-made model for us to copy, so we need to create a model that suits us. I hope that one day, everyone will be able to enjoy an equal, comprehensive, efficient medical services in line with local culture.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

The APHN 2019 conference in Surabaya gave me an opportunity to be a part of that conference which was organized in a grand manner.

I displayed a poster entitled, ”Cost Effective Management for Family Care Givers in the Provision of Home Based Palliative Care in Developing and Under Developed Countries”.

The venue, reception, scientific sessions, and posters all helped me develop more interest in the provision of palliative care in the Asia Pacific region.

It also enabled to meet various experienced professionals in the field of palliative care.

Thank you for the opportunity.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

On the 1st till 4th of August 2019, the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference was co-organised by the Indonesian Palliative Society (MPI) and the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN). The event was held at the Grand City Convention Centre in Surabaya. Surabaya is not only the second largest city in Indonesia, but it’s also the city where palliative care was first established in the country in 1992. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Giving Hope to Those in Despair’. It was attended by general practitioners and specialists, nurses, pharmacists, other healthcare workers, and also volunteers whom are involved in palliative care internationally.

I was pleased to enjoy the beautiful sights and unique culture, as well as visiting the medical, tourism, and industrial exhibitions. Aside from spending time interacting with colleagues, attending the conference also provided even more opportunities than I might have anticipated.  The pre-conference workshops on paediatric care helped to engage us with the experts to enhance skills, knowledge and understanding in paediatric end of life matters. Here, all medical peers could exchange ideas and knowledge with one another on a more personal level. I also found that the conference opened up wonderful opportunities for us to gain valuable connections. Everyone could receive community advice on how to effectively market their services and mission statements via emails and social network.

The opening ceremony was amazing and entertaining, with the regional delegates treated to a marching band, traditional dances, and an accomplished children’s Angklung orchestra. Welcoming the delegates with the opening speeches were Dr Dradjat R. Suardi (chairman of the APHC 2019 organising committee), APHN chairperson Dr Cynthia Goh, and Surabaya Mayor Tris-Rismaharini.

The 5 plenaries were packed with insights and updates on different aspects of palliative care issues, research and evidence-based practices, including advanced care planning (ACP), end-of-life issues, chronic breathlessness, health for the elderly, and early palliative care in cancer and non-cancer patient. Learning the newest and latest about a given medical topic was helpful. Talks included basic standard operating procedures, legal guidelines, physician/patient relationships, which gave us the direction needed when considering options. The conference was helpful in providing advice on these particular topics.

I also found many interesting concurrent scientific symposia throughout the 3 days, including a notable session on ‘Palliative Care in Non-Cancer and other settings’ by Dr Joanne Lynn. This session was an interactive concurrent session with the delegates sharing about the state of palliative care in their countries, where systems ranged from free palliative care given through government healthcare programmes to non-profit hospice services based on volunteers and donations. The session fostered participation in panel discussion and one-on-one interviews. It encouraged attendees to share opinions and experiences that could prove beneficial for private practice or a facility. She touched on the importance of integrating palliative care early with geriatric and other non-cancer settings, by highlighting the needs that will benefit from both general and specialist palliative care.

Also, a session on Communication in Advanced Care Planning (ACP) helped me to gain a wider perspective and understanding on ACP. This can be related to personal experiences about how to deal with the challenges faced in reality and helps to prepare my patients and caregivers for discussion, acknowledge their emotions and concerns for future. As a paediatric palliative care nurse, it has been challenging to apply ACP to my patients especially when it comes to parent/ caregiver’s decision making, particularly within the community setting, but it is always possible to do it.

I had also presented a poster at the conference and found the session exciting and inspiring. It will definitely encourage me to move on and continue to persevere in bringing palliative care to our community.

The closing ceremony on Aug 4th was a closing speech by Dr. Dradjat R.Suardi , followed by a prize-giving ceremony for the 3 best oral and poster presentations. The Japan team also gave a short presentation for the upcoming 14th APHC in 2021. Attending a conference like this leaves a positive impact on my career for many years to come, not only with regards to networking opportunities, but also for achieving certain business objectives while learning with peers who have similar interests.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

It was a great opportunity to be able to attend my first Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Surabaya. This conference was a good platform for networking, meeting delegates from different countries, and making new friends. Other than listening to lectures from the experts in the palliative field, I liked the small group meet-the-expert sessions, having an up-close discussion with Dr Meera Agar regarding research directions, and in-depth learning about clinical care. I enjoyed reading the scientific posters and learning from others during their poster presentations. The conference also provided me an opportunity to present my own poster.

The preconference workshop exposed me to current research about symptom control such as breathlessness. I also learned that research should focus on both patients and the carers. I learned about quality of life in advanced stage dementia. I liked the discussion theme of combined palliative and geriatric care, especially due to the increased needs of the aging population. I have learned about the development of advance care planning from representatives from various countries. This provided great eye-opening lessons for the delegates to bring back and build on in their respective countries.

We had a chance to meet the APHN staff, including Professor Cynthia Goh, who spent time to talk to each of us and get to know our work in palliative care in our countries. Prof. Cynthia Goh is always a role model for us. I was also glad to talk to the other staff of APHN and get to know the organisation better.

I am grateful to our Indonesian host, especially the Mayor of Surabaya who invited us to the Gala Dinner and Cultural Night. I shared the picture of the palliative garden in Surabaya with our hospice in our country. I am motivated to continue the journey and efforts for the expansion of palliative services in our local settings and the Asia Pacific region.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

It was indeed an honor and great privilege to be a participant in the APHC 2019 conference held at Surabaya, Indonesia. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the organizing team of APHC 2019 and the executive body of APHN.

The APHN bursary turned out to be a great boon, and a very fruitful and great help for me. It helped me to expand the horizon of my knowledge and skills in pain and palliative care. It was also fun because I also got to see Indonesia, Indonesian society, culture, and development. It will continue to help me to expand my thinking and develop maturity in dealing with palliative patients.

The theme of the conference “Bringing Hope to Those in Despair” is in itself a very emotional and effective theme. This theme always reminds me for more dedication, care and honest effort to serve the patients that are in despair. This theme is very much relevant for my country--Nepal; which holds a least developed country status. I work in a pain and palliative care department at a non-profit community hospital and usually come across very terminally ill cancer patients. I have to deal with end of life issues most of the time. In the last days of life, people are usually in anguish and in despair-- physically, mentally, financially, spiritually, and socially. In a nutshell, this theme always reminds me of caring the patients holistically so that we bring hope to those patients who are in despair and anguish.

It was a great opportunity to meet international experts and share in their experiences. I received the opportunity to exchange my experiences and learn about what other colleagues are doing in rest of the world. We here in Nepal, due to our poor financial condition, are not able to get exposed to such grand international events like the APHC conference. So, in every aspect it was a great learning experience for me.

This bursary also helped my department and services because I was able to share my experiences from the conference with my colleagues. I told them about what I had learnt during the conference and transferred the knowledge that I had acquired during the conference.

In summary, attending the conference turned out to be a very useful milestone in development of my career and in my pursuit of serving the poor common people of Nepal. I am hopeful and determined to bring hope to those in despair.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

This was a great opportunity for me to present our research work in palliative care to the international audience. Meeting, networking, listening, and reading up on the research activities of international world-class palliative care experts have helped me to broaden my understanding of palliative care. I have already built up some connections with scholars in this event for future collaborations in research. Furthermore, I was fortunate to meet Professor Cynthia Goh and the staff of APHN personally to discuss palliative care developments in Sri Lanka.

As a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the Open University of Sri Lanka, the new skills and knowledge I gained would definitely help me contribute to education, research, advocacy, and policy-making activities for the advancement of palliative care in my University as well as in the country. I have already commenced palliative care educational activities for my nursing students at the Open University of Sri Lanka. As a PhD student in the field of palliative care at the University of New Mexico, USA, this knowledge and skills would also further help me in my academic efforts.  

As palliative care in Sri Lanka is at very premature level, education and the advocacy that results from new skills and knowledge that were acquired from the conference can be the strongest drivers to develop palliative care education and research for Sri Lankan nurses. It will further help to develop the specialty of palliative care in Sri Lanka which was not properly practiced within the Sri Lankan health care system yet.

Thank you for the scholarship that partially covered my expenses and was a great help to allow me to participate in the conference.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

It was such a privilege to attend one of the largest palliative care conferences in the Asia Pacific Region as one of the three representatives of Sri Lanka. I learnt about this conference during my visit to Singapore where I attended a previous conference of this series in 2019. It is through this collaboration with APHN that I was able to commence the webinar series on palliative care-related themes in the National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The conference was very well organised and the Indonesian organizing team was extremely hospitable and supportive.

On the 1st of August, the three representatives of Sri Lanka comprising of the Deputy Director of the National Cancer Programme, the Senior Lecturer in Nursing from Open University of Sri Lanka, and myself, were invited for the country-level meeting with Professor Cynthia Ruth Goh-- Chair for APHN. We discussed long-term plans to establish the palliative care discipline sustainably in Sri Lanka. The Professor acknowledged my work in the field of palliative care research in Sri Lanka specifically at the meeting. The Director of the National Cancer Control Programme also presented the country report on the progress made in Sri Lanka in relation to palliative care and drug availability.

I gained substantial knowledge on the new developments in the discipline through the plenaries, talks and symposia conducted by world renowned professors and doctors. The ‘Meet the Experts’ session held in the early morning prior to the commencement of the 2nd day of the conference allowed me to meet Dr David Hui, a consultant palliative physician from the USA where topics for further research were discussed. Our involvements with the clinicians and academics in the palliative care field raised the awareness about Sri Lanka’s health indices and tertiary medical education status globally.

My presentation on the magnitude of the problem with pain management in a tertiary care cancer institution in Sri Lanka was of interest to many parties. While they appreciated my efforts to improve pain assessment and management among cancer patients, they also provided valuable suggestions for future research. The case report I communicated through a poster presentation also attracted many clinicians. They were particularly impressed with my voluntary yet authorized involvement with the National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka and the exercise of moving on to seek for effective alternative therapies for the management of symptoms in the absence of optimum treatment modes.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

Rosalie Shaw Travelling Scholarship 2019 Recipient Report

The Rosalie Shaw Travelling 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. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Yangden. She is a clinical nurse working in the palliative care unit at JDW National Referral Hospital in Thimphu, Bhutan. Below is the report of her experience at APHC 2019:


After the 12th APHC in Singapore in 2017, Indonesia – through The Indonesian Palliative Society (MPI) –expressed their willingness to host the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference in 2019. Indonesia understands the importance of its role in the Asia Pacific region to participate in the update of science and knowledge on palliative care.

The conference was co-organized by the Indonesian Palliative Society (MPI) and the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN). It was attended by general practitioners and specialists, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers, medical and nursing students, and volunteers involved in palliative care internationally.

It was a first for me to attend an international conference and I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Cynthia Goh and APHN for nominating and granting me the scholarship to attend this wonderful workshop. I would also like to thank my hospital for allowing me to attend the program. It was a great learning experience and a wonderful exposure for me.

Pre-Conference (1st August 2019)

We commenced the conference with a pre-conference workshop. There were 2 full day and 6 half-day workshops, out of which I attended a morning session on the Integration and Standard of Palliative Care in Clinical Oncology and an afternoon session on Comprehensive assessment of patients.

The session commenced with a presentation on the Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care by Dr David Hui of the USA. His presentation highlighted the definition of palliative care, and the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and informational needs of cancer patients. It also emphasized the importance of the role of an inter-professional team to address the holistic aspects of the needs of cancer patients through shared responsibility to achieve a common goal toward improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Different levels of palliative care and referral criteria were also presented.

The second speaker was Dr Takashi Yamaguchi from Japan and he talked on the current status of palliative care in the Asia Pacific Region and Development of Palliative Care in Japan.

There were speakers from China, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand presenting on the scopes, challenges and opportunities of integrating Oncology and Palliative Care in Asian countries. They presented on the current status of palliative care, the barriers and the future opportunities in their own countries which were mostly similar. It was followed by a panel discussion on future directions on how to overcome challenges and implement integration of oncology and palliative in Asian countries.

The post lunch session was on Comprehensive Assessment of Patients and the topics covered were Breathlessness by Professor David Currow (Australia), Pain Assessment by Professor Suresh Reddy (USA), Dementia by Professor Philip Yap (Singapore) and Neurodegenerative Disorders by Professor Meera Agar (Australia).

Opening (2nd August 2019)

There was formal opening ceremony of the conference from 8:30 to 10:00 AM after the registration. The opening ceremony was chaired by the Mayor of Surabaya and the conference was officially commenced with the ringing of the gong by the Mayor.

There was a welcome message by Dr. Dradjat R. Suardi, chairman of the organizing committee, APHC, 2019. He stated, “Palliative care is a relatively new field of medicine that is not yet wildly known. Through the theme ‘Bringing Hope to Those In Despair’ for APHC 2019, it is hoped that the problems and challenges associated with palliative care development in the region can be solved through sharing of expertise and experience by world renowned experts during the conference.”

Day 1 (Friday, 2nd August)

Plenary 1 – Bringing Hope to Those in Despair: Communication in Advance Care Planning

Speaker: Professor Josephine Clayton, Australia.

She presented the framework for discussing end of life issues with patients and their families whilst facilitating hope which was followed by some practical tips for communicating about advanced care planning.

She said that as care givers, the goal is to ensure that patients are given medical care which aligns with their values, goals and preference during serious and chronic illness. She stressed on exploring the patient’s values and goals, priorities, hopes, fears and concerns for the future while assessing the patient’s or family’s readiness to discuss future care.

Plenary 2 – Palliative Care in the Last Three Days of Life: The Final Frontier

Speaker: Dr. David Hui, USA

His presentation highlighted on the progressive functional decline and worsening symptom burden experienced by cancer patients and on symptoms such as anorexia-cachexia, dysphagia and delirium which could impair oral intake. These symptoms couple with refractory cachexia contributing to persistent weight loss and decreased quality of life.

He emphasized on the need for the clinicians caring for these individuals to ensure communication about goals of care, education about natural process of time, optimization of symptom management and provide appropriate emotional support for patients and the caregivers during the last days of life.

While explaining the signs of impending death, he said, “It is important for the family members to know what to expect, planning for patient and planning for themselves. For clinicians, it is important for discharge decision, therapeutic selection of drugs and stopping of unnecessary investigations and treatments”.

After lunch programs

Scientific Session 2 – Relief from agitated delirium in the last days.

How can we maximize the use of anti-psychotics?

Speaker: Meera Agar, Australia.

What is the role of benzodiazepines?

Speaker: David Hui, USA

He talked about the importance of focusing on the humanness of medicine. He said that it is crucial to keep dying patients as comfortable and as awake as they and their families would like them to be so they can make the last few hours or days of life meaningful.

He also talked about use and effects of benzodiazepine and symptoms such as precipitate delirium, increased drowsiness, greater risks of falls and potential impact on survival. He said that benzodiazepines are like knives which are harmful if used improperly and useful if given under right circumstances.

Day 2 (Saturday, 3rd August)

There was a ‘Meet the expert’ session from 8 to 9 o’ clock. I went to meet the research expert.


Plenary 3 – Chronic Breathlessness and evidence-based update

Speaker: Professor David Currow. 

Plenary 4 – Hinorara Memorial Lecture

‘Care to Count on when you’re old and Frail’

Speaker: Dr. Joanne Lynn, USA

Dr. Lynn said that we can have what we want and need when we’re old and frail but only if we deliberately build that future.

Government Authority in Palliative Care Development in Indonesia

Speaker: Official of Ministry of Health, Indonesia.

The main points of this presentation were on issues and challenges of health service in national health insurance and in Universal Health Coverage. Change in disease pattern, competency of health facility, flow of globalization, financial risk and fraud, financing quality and safety, and patient healthcare access was also discussed. He compared incidences and mortality rate of cancer worldwide and in Indonesia. The top cancers in Indonesian men were that of lung and colon and in women were cancers of the breast and cervix.

Challenges of cancer control in Indonesia were economic burden, high cost, social burden, cause of death and disability, therapy risk which are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and multi-disciplinary involvement which were very expensive and big resources. He also talked about why hospice and palliative care started with cancer.

“You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller.

Scientific Session 3a – Visionary Leadership, Essential Skills for a Changing World

Speakers – Dr. Stephen Connor (USA), Professor Cynthia Goh (Singapore) , Professor David Currow (Australia), Professor Yoshiyuki Kitzawa (Japan), Professor Keiko Tamura (Japan).

After lunch programs

Scientific session 4b – Development of Hospice and Palliative Care in Asia Pacific – an APHN perspective

Speakers – Professor Cynthia Goh (Singapore), Professor Sushma Bhatnagar (India), Dr. Seema Rao (India), Speakers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan.

In this scientific session, I had the opportunity to present on Palliative Care Development in Bhutan and the support of the Lien Collaborative in Bhutan’s journey.

There was a welcome dinner and cultural night organized by Mayor of Surabaya.

Day 3 (Sunday, 4th August)

Scientific session 5

There was a session on end of life discussion and advanced care planning in Asia pacific scope, challenges and opportunities.

Speaker : Prof Josephine Clayton, (Australia)  Ms. Sumytra Menon, (Singapore) Dr. Annie Kwok, (Hong Kong) Dr. Shao-Yi Cheng, (Taiwan) Dr. Hyun Sun Kim, Korea) Dr. Diah Martina, (Indonesia)

The closing ceremony was from 1:00- 3:00 PM with the exhibition of posters.

We then had the closing ceremony.

Learning Outcomes

The establishment of palliative care has not been easy anywhere. For palliative care to develop and grow, a lot of dedication, commitment, hard work and policy was necessary.  Due to the wide spectrum of needs of the patients, no single discipline can provide holistic palliative care– it requires a multi-disciplinary team approach and this has been stressed time and again during the course of the conference.

Despite the treatment protocols being standardized, palliative care is a whole person care approach which is very individualized because of how the disease presents itself and how each person experiences it. In addition, education and advocacy were important factors required not only for the improvement of human resources in the field but also for the support and growth of palliative care.

Bhutan is still in the infant stage of palliative care. We have so many things to learn and a lot of room for growth and improvement. It has been educational attending the conference and getting insight on palliative care from experts around the world. We aim to develop a unique palliative care service in Bhutan by amalgamating both clinical interventions and spiritual guidance to the patients and families which aligns with our country’s developmental philosophy of Gross National Happiness.

In the near future, I am planning on conducting a session on the highlights of the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference to the Palliative and Oncology Staff.

(This report has been edited by Djin Tay- APHN Volunteer Editor)

Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC)- Singapore

About the Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC)

Established in October 2017, PalC is a tripartite collaboration among Dover Park Hospice, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and National Healthcare Group (NHG). It aims to develop and provide quality, evidence-based training and education programmes on end-of-life care to build and nurture capabilities, capacities and connectedness amongst healthcare professionals and volunteers. PalC’s mission is also to promote research in palliative care, in order to contribute to the growing evidence base that informs the care of our patients.

Through this collaboration, PalC leverages on the strengths, capabilities and capacities of its partner institutions to achieve its mission of advancing evidence-based palliative care research and the development of education programmes for stakeholders in healthcare to better serve patients and their caregivers.

Certificate in Basic Palliative Care for Registered NursesCertificate in General Basic Palliative Care for Allied Health Professionals

Venue: Dover Park Hospice
10 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308436

Time: 9am - 5pm

Title Certificate in Basic Palliative Care for Registered Nurses (CBPC) Certificate in General Basic Palliative Care for Allied Health Professionals (CGBPC)
Classroom Dates 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 28 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar and 3 Apr 2020 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 28 Feb and 6 Mar 2020
Clinical Attachment Dates 23 Mar, 24 Mar, 25 Mar, 26 Mar, 27 Mar and 30 Mar 2020 N.A
Objectives The seven-day course, with six days clinical attachments, aimed to develop participants’ theoretical and practical knowledge in delivering competent, evidence-informed holistic palliative care in any healthcare setting. The four-day course aims to develop participants’ knowledge in delivering competent, evidence-informed holistic palliative care in any healthcare setting by enhancing their role as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Overview The following topics will be covered:

  • Principles and overview of palliative care services in Singapore
  • Palliative care in advanced illness (cancers and non-cancers)
  • Management of pain and common symptoms
  • Psychosocial, emotional and spiritual issues in palliative care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Communication skills in palliative care
  • Role of physiotherapy (including rehabilitation), occupational therapy, art therapy and music therapy in palliative care
  • Wound management
  • Care of the dying in their last hours
  • Caregiver support, grief and bereavement
  • Clinical attachment to inpatient hospices, home care and hospitals
The following topics will be covered:

  • Principles and overview of palliative care services in Singapore
  • Psychosocial, emotional and spiritual issues in palliative care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Communication skills in palliative care
  • Role of physiotherapy (including rehabilitation), occupational therapy, art therapy and music therapy in palliative care
  • Caregiver support, grief and bereavement
Trainers Please see attached brochures.

Registration closing date: 15 December 2019

Please complete the attached course registration form and email it to dph_courses@doverpark.sg.

If you have any queries, contact us at 6500 7243 or dph_courses@doverpark.sg.

For information on other courses offered by PalC, please visit www.palc.org.sg.

For more information, please refer to the course brochure.

APHN-Hospis Malaysia: Workshop on Grief & Bereavement Care

Dear Palliative Care Colleagues ,

Workshop on Grief & Bereavement Care: 14 – 15 December 2019

One of the aims of palliative care is to provide support to patients experiencing death anxiety and stress of cumulative loss, thereby creating a more healing environment for patients and their caregivers while at the same time being aware of the process of grief and own self-awareness issues.

This two-day intense workshop concludes our final series of palliative care workshops for 2018. The workshop is designed to facilitate the process of adaptation to loss and aims to greatly relieve suffering within the critical care setting by focusing on end-of-life needs.

Associate Professor Amy Chow from the University of Hong Kong and Dr Gilbert Fan from Singapore, both will be facilitating this course which is designed towards a very interactive and engaging experience. This workshop will be immensely valuable to clinicians, psychologists, social workers and counselors managing palliative care and care of the dying.

We would appreciate participants who are interested to submit their registration online at the Hospis Malaysia website https://www.hospismalaysia.org/griefandbereavement/

You may refer to the programme attached here.


Thank you


Yours Sincerely,

Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia

APHN is Hiring!

Dear friends,

The APHN is hiring a full-time Executive based in our Singapore office. If you are interested to apply for the position, please send your CV with a cover letter to secretariat@aphn.org.

Note: Please ensure that you are eligible to work in Singapore without a work visa before applying. 

Requirements: Preferably 2-3 years of working experience in the non-profit industry.

Job Description – APHN Executive

The APHN Executive is responsible for running the Secretariat of the APHN.

  1. Membership

To maintain a register of current members and take responsibility for communication with the APHN membership, including

1.1      Acting as the first point of contact for all queries received via phone, web chat and email, with transfer of the APHN office line to mobile phone when out of office. (KPI: all queries to be replied within 24 hours, weekends and public holidays excluded)

1.2       Timely email communications and engagement with members. (KPI:  to seek relevant approval within 24 hours of receipt of request and to send email communication within 24 hours of approval being given, weekends and public holidays excluded)

1.3       Processing online and offline membership applications, renewals and subscription payments.

1.4       Sending out regular email reminders for membership dues

1.5       Supporting membership committee in review and upgrade of membership benefits and other value-added features for members.

1.6       Maintaining up-to-date members database and services directory

  1. Financial Accounts

Ensure that the APHN accounts and reporting are in compliance with the relevant rules and regulations, including

2.1       Maintaining full set of accounts using MYOB software

2.2       Prepare CPF submission, annual report, yearly budget forecast and audit schedules

2.3       Monitoring bank statements and accounts

2.4       Developing and implementing an expense payment procedure, incorporating table of authorities.

2.5       Working with the accountant(s) and auditors during the external annual audit and ensure compliance with the rules and regulations.

  1. Governance

Ensure good governance in accordance with APHN Constitution and requirements of the regulatory authorities such as the ROS and IRAS, including

3.1       Organisation of the Annual and other General Meetings.

3.2       Organisation of the Council Meetings, including teleconferences if necessary.

3.3       Keeping minutes of the General and Council Meetings.

3.4       Coordinating the work of the APHN committees.

3.5       Ensure compliance with the law and good governance procedures, such as conflict of interest disclosures, timely submission of documents (e.g. annual report, audited accounts, IR8A form, issuing of employee itemised payslip) to relevant authorities

  1. Communication

Enhance communication among the APHN membership by improving web-based communication, including

4.1       Keeping website with up to date notices, web-based announcements and articles. (KPI:  to seek relevant approval within 24 hours of receipt of request and to post web-based communication within 24 hours of approval being given, weekends and public holidays excluded)

4.2       Maintaining APHN website with regular updates to user interface and layout

4.3       Develop and maintain a monthly e-newsletter for members

4.4       Moderating online discussion groups

4.5       Increasing awareness of palliative care and the APHN through social media sites

4.6       Create and implement new web-based initiatives, for example, starting an online forum, having sites in other languages, webinar sessions

4.7       Engaging the APHN communications committee and volunteers with regards to enhancing the web-based communication.

4.8       Assessing improvements to the webpage features such as seeking regular feedback from members.

  1. Others

Taking on any other duties as may be required by the APHN Council, including support for APHN projects such as the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care and the Asia Pacific Hospice Conference.

2nd Annual Convention of the Philippine Society of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2019

APHN will have a booth set up at the convention. Head on over to have a chat with us if you are attending the convention! Hope to see you there!

Making Moments Meaningful (3M): Improving the care of Vulnerable Babies and their Families

Register now for upcoming event!

Making Moments Meaningful (3M): Improving the care of Vulnerable Babies and their Families
Date: 1 November 2019

(Click on poster image to register. Admission is free)

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to the 2020 ALCP Congress

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is pleased to announce that it will provide Traveling Scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the X Latin American Congress of Palliative Care in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 25-28, 2020. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2019. Results will be announced in early January.   

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome.

  • To apply for a Traveling Scholarship, applicants must be IAHPC members in good standing. Not a member? Join IAHPC! 
  • To access the Traveling Scholarship, successful applicants must be current members at the time of the congress.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • have not received grants from IAHPC in the past 3 years
  • have been IAHPC active members for 2 or more consecutive years
  • are affiliated with an institution that is an IAHPC institutional member (see the list of institutional members)
  • are living in lower, lower-middle and upper-middle income categories as per the World Bank income classification data 
  • are dedicated full-time to palliative care in their current work
  • graduated from university less than 10 years ago
  • have an accepted abstract for poster or oral presentation (proof of acceptance is required)
  • describe in their applications long-term goals that lead to improvements in any or all of the following areas: service provision, education, availability of and access to medicines, public policy

This program offers funding for travel and registration only, applicants will need to secure funding from other sources to cover additional expenses.

Visit the IAHPC website for detailed information about the application process or to fill out an application form.

If you have any questions about how to apply for a Traveling Scholarship, please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Programs Officer at gnapier@iahpc.com.

APHN Webinar #13: Palliative Care in ICUs

Hello everyone!

The APHN will be hosting it's fourth webinar of the 2019 APHN Webinar series on 18th November 2019. We have partners all over the region who will be screening this webinar at the respective venues for you to attend! Get this chance to network with other APHN members and friends!

We are honoured to have Dr Poi Choo Hwee from Singapore speaking on the topic of "Palliative Care in ICUs".

Dr Poi is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Palliative Medicine in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She received her accreditation as a specialist in General Medicine and Palliative Medicine in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Dr Poi has been caring for critically ill patients at the end-of-life and is her department's clinical lead for integrating palliative care with the ICUs since 2015. She is a Core Clinical Faculty Member of NHG's Internal Medicine Residency Program and Subspecialty Education Coordinator & Site Director for Palliative care in her hospital's Residency programme.

We believe that you will be able to get the latest updates and enjoy the meaningful discussions during this webinar session.

Join us! This webinar is FREE for all palliative care colleagues, so SIGN UP NOW at this link ! Registration closes when slots have been filled up. (*Please note that more host sites may be added so keep a lookout for new host sites in your region!)

Note: For 2019, non-organisational members/non-Lien Collaborative affiliated countries (Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan and China) will only be able to participate in two webinars. Hence, we encourage you to join our APHN membership. Membership fees start from USD $20. You may click on this link to apply: http://aphn.org/membership-2/application-for-organisational-membership/ 

We will like to thank all participating organisations for hosting this event and supporting this APHN initiative.

For more information or if your organisation will also like to participate, you may contact Joyce at aphn@aphn.org or call +65 6235 5166.

The last day to register for the webinar at any of these host sites will be on 13th November 2019 (12.00 pm GMT+8)

Teaching Hospital of Sichuan University


Meeting Room, 6th Floor, Third Hospital Building

No. 4 West China Teaching Hospital of Sichuan University

Sec.3, No.18, Ren Min South Road, Chengdu, China

Dr. STM Hospital Government Medical College, Haldwani


Dept of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Dr. STM Hospital Government Medical College, Haldwani

Rampur Road, Haldwani, Nainital, Haldwani, Uttarakhand 263129, India

RMD Specialties Hospital


The Auditorium, Tamil Virtual Academy

Anna University Campus

Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kottupuram

Chennai- 25, Next to Anna Centenary Library

Dharmais Cancer Hospital


Dharmais Cancer Hospital, Webinar Room 4th Floor, Management Building

Slipi, Jalan Letjen Jend. S. Parman No.84-86, RT.4/RW.9, Kota Bambu Sel., Palmerah, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia

MRCCC Siloam Hospitals Semanggi

Venue: tbc

Sunway Medical Centre


LG Meeting Room

Lower Ground, Tower B

Sunway Medical Centre

Davao Regional Medical Center


Family Medicine Conference Room at Palliative Ward, Level 2 Main Building, Davao Regional Medical Center

Apokon, Tagum City

Healthserv Los Banos Medical Center


Healthserv Los Banos Medical Center, Medical Arts Building, Level 5, Board Room

8817 National Hwy, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Hospice Philippines/ActivCare Home Health Solutions, Inc.

Venue: ActivCare Home Health Solutions, Inc.
No. 2 Sta. Rosa Street, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City Philippines

Lung Center Of Philippines


2nd Floor Dining Area, Lung Center of the Philippines

Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. Metro Manila, Philippines

Makati Medical Center


Makati Medical Center, Cancer Center 1F, Circular Tower 1

No. 2 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines 1229

San Beda University

Venue: Pamanang Bedista, San Beda University

Silliman University Medical Center


5th Floor Roofdeck, Medical Arts Building, Silliman University Medical Center

V. Aldecoa Road Daro Dumaguete City

The Ruth Foundation for Palliative And Hospice Care Inc.


The Ruth Foundation for Palliative And Hospice Care Inc., Room Number 2719,27th Floor

Entrata Urban Complex #2609 Civic Drive, Filinvest City Alabang Muntinlupa City, Philippines

Dover Park Hospice


Dover Park Hospice, Level 3, Training and Resource Centre

10 Jln Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308436


CANE Hospice- Jaffna


CANE Hospice - Jaffna (Board room)  

No.05, Sabapathipillai Road,

Uduvil, Chunnakam, Jaffna

National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research


National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Conference Room (1st Floor)Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Egodawatta Road, Boralesgamuwa 10290

Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital

Venue: Meeting Room (1st Floor), Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital

47 Nguyen Huy Luong, Binh Thanh District, Hochiminh City.

University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City


The Conference Room. Ground floor. Block A

University Medical Center at Ho Chi Minh City

215 Hong Bang Street, District 5, HCMC

13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2019 in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Written by: Trudy Giam, APHN Executive

Edited by: Djin Tay, APHN Volunteer Editor

“Bringing hope to those in despair” was the theme at the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference (APHC) this year, which took place from 1-4 August 2019 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The conference was co-organised by the Indonesian Palliative Society (MPI) and Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) with the aim of enhancing knowledge in hospice palliative care and networking within the region. The APHC 2019 and its related activities in Surabaya was supported by the Provincial Government of East Java, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism.

The event brought together some 575 people from 24 different countries to participate in a plethora of activities revolving around palliative care such as plenary sessions, workshops and more. In addition, it provided an incredible opportunity for networking, forging new friendships and catching up with familiar faces. It was attended by general practitioners and specialists, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers, medical and nursing students, and volunteers involved in palliative care internationally.

The conference kicked off with an opening ceremony which was witnessed by the Mayor of Surabaya, Dr. Tri Rismaharini. Under her leadership, Surabaya has officially opened a Palliative Park for the locals. There have been weekly activities conducted to advocate for Palliative care. After the opening speech by Dr. Dradjat R.Suardi (Chairman, Organising Committee of APHC 2019) and Dr Cynthia Goh (Chairman, APHN), the audiences were greeted by exciting performances including cultural dances and songs. The peak of the performance was none other than the Angklung performance by the children beneficiaries in Surabaya.

Over the course of four days, participants were treated to lectures by world-renowned palliative care experts. Each of the pre-conference workshops and main conference sessions were specially curated to cover different areas of palliative care. Following the lectures were the question and answer segments where participants could engage with the subject matter experts to clarify any doubts. Participants also had a chance to consult some of the speakers during the Meet-the-Expert sessions. There were also sessions conducted in Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia for some of the foreign and local delegates.

The presentations and discussions underscored the importance of palliative care and how a continuous effort to learn has an enormous impact on improving palliative care around the world.

On the third day of the conference, we had the honor of attending the APHC Gala Dinner hosted by the Mayor of Surabaya herself at Surabaya City Hall. The guests were treated to a magnificent evening of entertainment, fun and dinner. Spectacular performances by talented groups and individuals of all ages were put up throughout the evening.

The fourth and final day of the conference drew to a close after a morning of lectures and everyone gathered for the closing ceremony. The ceremony started off by awarding the winners of the poster and oral presentations. Dr Dradjat R. Suardi then delivered his ending speech to express his gratitude for the hard work that everyone had put in to achieve such a successful conference. Following the speech was the ceremonial handing over of the APHC plaque to the next host country representative. As APHC 2021 will be held in Kobe, Japan, Professor Tetsuo Kashiwagi, the representative of the Japan team, received the plaque.

The Japanese team took to the stage to promote the next session of APHC and warmly welcomed everyone to attend APHC 2021 in Kobe. The event concluded with the Japanese team inviting the audience to join in “Ippon-zime”, a traditional custom of ceremonial hand clapping performed at the end of a special event, to bring a cheerful and lively closing.

We hope to see you all at APHC 2021 in Kobe, Japan!