Australia organises EPEC-Pediatrics course

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th March, 2019 Sydney, Australia

The EPEC-Pediatrics curriculum is held over 2-days and features state-of-the-art knowledge in pain and symptom management and training in the skills required to address key domains for paediatric palliative care. The program is designed to give paediatric healthcare professionals (incl. physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists) the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent palliative care to their patients and their families.

Participants will also be equipped to become EPEC-Pediatric Trainers who can educate interdisciplinary teams providing care to children with serious illness.

Numbers are strictly limited. Don’t be disappointed the last time this was held Down Under (Auckland, New Zealand 2016) the course was very quickly over-subscribed.

Registration Fee:  

Regular  AUD $ 1,250
Low and Middle-Income Countries AUD $    600

Registration details will be provided on acceptance.

To be considered for EPEC-Ped please forward an Expression of Interest with short CV (maximum 1 page) to Dr Ross Drake at

Registration Includes:

  • 2-day Train-the-Trainer Conference attendance
  • Access to 18 self-study online modules on pain and symptom management, grief and bereavement, child development, and more
  • Receipt of all training materials in the curriculum upon successful completion of the course, including:

o 24 PowerPoint Presentations

o A comprehensive teaching handbook for each module to teach interdisciplinary teams

o Trigger videos


APHN Webinar #9 Management of Dyspnea

Hello everyone!

In conjunction with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2018, we will be holding the 2nd session of APHN Webinar for 2018! For this 9th session, 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 this WHPCD!

We are honoured to have Dr Neo Han Yee speaking on the topic of "Management of Dyspnea". Dr Neo is currently a Consultant at the Department of Palliative Medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He was a speaker for this topic at the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference! 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.

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 or call +65 6235 5166.

Webinar Venues

Palliative Care Victoria

Venue: Palliative Care Victoria, Level 2 

182 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne 3002, Australia

Contact: Heather Stevens at 03 9662 9644 OR

Philippine Society of Hospice & Palliative Medicine 1st Annual Convention


KOSISH- the Hospice

Mission statement

To provide compassionate, individualized, holistic and supportive care for all patients with life-limiting illnesses, their carers and families.

Service description

Palliative care is still in its infancy in most parts of India, with more than 99% of the population being deprived of its benefits. Availability of resources is a major problem and this factor is compounded by lack of affordability. Accessibility is a major issue in small towns and villages – 70-80% of the population of India still live in villages and small towns. The sad result is that majority die undignified deaths and often leaving the families in a state of prolonged bereavement.

We are pioneering the cause of rural palliative care in the tribal state of Jharkhand & West Bengal in India through our hospice, KOSISH, which is the first NGO in Jharkhand providing palliative care services to the elderly and the terminally ill. We have been providing our services to the community since 2006. Narcotic rules vary from state to state and administrators in most areas consider a low priority issue. Illiteracy, poverty, ignorance are the rule of the day. Most people do not have access to basic health amenities. Care of the terminally ill remains a low-priority issue with them. Death means a mouth less to feed – economics simplified!

Focusing on the available ‘resources’ i.e, addressing the spiritual & psychological needs of the dying, in addition to the physical needs, would go a long way in preventing such ‘undignified’ deaths. We ‘tap’ into these resources and provide the best possible care in accordance with the local social & cultural background.

We provide ‘home care’ for the patients, where our team consisting of a doctor, nurse, and volunteer visit the patients at their homes and address the symptoms in a holistic fashion, providing relief, sustaining dignity & empowering the family in the care of the patient.

In addition, we conduct ‘heath check-up camps’ for the Elderly in villages, for they would find it difficult to access our center…we have coined the term of ‘preventive palliation’ in this context for the Elderly. In providing a holistic nature of care, it is our endeavor to address poverty, as far as practicable.

We distribute ‘used clothes’ to the poor when we conduct camps in the remote villages. This promotes goodwill and trust.

In our endeavor to empower the ‘girl child’, we arranged for the moral education of the village girls in our center by providing them with basic education, food and clothing.

We have also started a system where we have trained a few village women to conduct door to door surveys of the Elderly, asking questions in a holistic manner, and providing a routine check of physical parameters like blood pressure.

We also have constructed a residential ‘Long term care facility for the Elderly & terminally ill’ at Vill.Pindrajhora, Bokaro, which is about 300 km from Kolkata, for providing residential care.

As a part of continuing education, we conduct the Indian Association of Palliative Care certificate course in Essentials of Palliative Care for doctors, nurses & dentists, at our center. We have had many original research published in indexed journals.

We are happy to welcome people interested in seeking ‘clinical attachments’ at our hospice and also offer our expertise in working in resource poor settings.

Contact details:

Kosish- the Hospice

Village: Obra, Thana: Pindrajhora, District Bokaro, Jharkhand, India. 827013.


Facebook: kosishthehospice,


Pediatric Palliative Care Symposium 2018- Indonesia

Dear Doctors, Nurses & fellow healthcare professionals,

Pediatric Palliative Care Symposium 2018 (10th October 2018)

Rachel House is proud to announce a major Children’s Palliative Care Symposium to be held in central Jakarta on October 10, in partnership with Cipto Mangunkusumo National Referral Hospital, Ikatan Dokter Indonesia (IDI), Ikatan Dokter Anak Indonesia (IDAI) and Persatuan Perawat Nasional Indonesia (PPNI).

This symposium will bring some of the world’s leading Indonesian and international experts in pediatric palliative care together to discuss how we take the next steps on building a true palliative care ecosystem in Indonesia.

This symposium is for doctors, nurses, health department and government officials and anyone that provide care for children’s living with serious illnesses.

If you would like any more information or to register, please contact Anjani on or  +6282114779505. 


APHN-Hospis Malaysia: Palliative Care and Cancer Symposium

Dear Doctors, Nurses & fellow healthcare professionals,

Palliative Care and Cancer Symposium (30th September 2018)

We would like to invite interested participants to attend our forthcoming Palliative Care and Cancer Symposium which would be conducted on 30th September 2018.

In many countries, palliative care access remains limited. In national cancer programmes, patients are often referred very late in their disease. There is now significant evidence of the benefits of palliative care in cancer care and it is imperative that palliative care is given greater prominence as part of a country’s cancer control strategy. Cancer pain relief is another cause for concern and many patients, especially in low resource countries, still have difficulty accessing medicines for pain relief.

This symposium will discuss on the evidence for palliative care in pain and symptom control, reducing suffering, meeting patient goals of care and the economic implications for countries in implementing palliative care programmes.

Facilitators for this workshop are:

  • Dr Stephen Connor – Executive Director, Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance
  • Prof Richard Harding – Director of the Centre for Global Health Palliative Care, Kings College, London
  • Dr Elizabeth Gwyther – CEO, Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa
  • Dr Emmanuel Luyirika – Executive Director, African Association of Palliative Care
  • Prof Jim Cleary – Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Policy and Communication in Cancer Care, USA.
  • Prof Julia Downing, CEO, International Children’s Palliative Care Network
  • Prof Cynthia Goh – Chair, Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network
  • Dr Richard Lim – National Advisor to Palliative Medicine, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
  • Dr Ednin Hamzah – Vice Chair, Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network 
  • Dr Siow Yen Ching – Palliative Medicine Specialist, Ministry of Health, Malaysia

Registration for the workshop can be done on our website:

For further information, please contact Kai Lee at 03 – 9133 3936 (ext: 207) or email

Thank You.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2018 Concept Note

Hello everyone!

The Chinese translation for the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2018 Concept Note is now out.

This year’s theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2018 is ‘Palliative Care- Because I Matter’.

“You matter because you are you and you matter until the end of your life”– Cicely Saunders

A key aspect of this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Campaign will be to call on governments to listen to people who need or who access palliative care in all national Universal Health Coverage (UHC) schemes. 

To download the full concept note: WHPCDay_2018_Because_I_Matter_concept_note

Remember to register your World Day events at

The 18th Council

Top (left to right): Mr Kwan Kam Fan, A/Prof Amy Chow, Dr Masanori Mori, Dr Sue Marsden, Dr Akhileswaran Ramaswamy, Prof Wang Ying-Wei, Prof Kwon So Hi, Dr Chun-Kai Fang, Dr Rumalie A.Corvera Bottom (left to right): Dr Annie Kwok, A/Prof Ghauri Aggarwal, A/Prof Cynthia Goh, Dr Ednin Hamzah, Dr Ong Wah Ying, Prof Enoch Lai Absent with apologies: Prof Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Dr Jeanno Park, Prof Myo Nyunt, Dr Agnes Bausa, Dr Sakon Singha


Associate Professor Cynthia GOH Chairman Co-opted (Singapore)
Associate Professor Ghauri AGGARWAL Vice-Chairman Elected (Australia)
Dr Ednin HAMZAH Vice-Chairman Co-opted (Malaysia)
Dr Annie KWOK Honorary Secretary Co-opted (Hong Kong)
Dr Akhileswaran RAMASWAMY Assistant Honorary Secretary Co-opted (Singapore)
Dr ONG Wah Ying Honorary Treasurer Appointed (Singapore)
Professor WANG Ying Wei Assistant Honorary Treasurer Co-opted (Taiwan)
Professor Myo NYUNT Member Appointed (Myanmar)
Dr Sue MARSDEN Member Appointed (New Zealand)
Dr Agnes BAUSA Member Appointed (Philippines)
Professor Enoch LAI Member Appointed (Taiwan)
Dr Sakon SINGHA Member Appointed (Thailand)
Associate Professor Amy CHOW Member Elected (Hong Kong)
Professor Yoshiyuki KIZAWA Member Elected (Japan)
Dr Jeanno PARK Member Elected (Korea)
Professor KWON So Hi Member Elected (Korea)
Dr Rumalie CORVERA Member Elected (Philippines)
Dr Chun-Kai FANG Member Elected (Taiwan)
Mr KWAN Kam Fan Member Co-opted (Hong Kong)
Dr Masanori MORI Member Co-opted (Japan)

Khon Kaen International Conference in Palliative Care 2018

Scholarships are available for doctors/nurses from countries around the Mekong river to join this conference.

For more information, please visit:

2018 Korean Society for Hospice and Palliative Care Society (KSHPC) Conference

Korean society celebrates 20 years supporting palliative care

By Marita Linkson (APHN Volunteer)

The 2018 Korean Society for Hospice and Palliative Care (KSHPC) conference, held 6 – 7 July in Seoul, South Korea, marked the 20th anniversary of the society. The event was an excellent opportunity for delegates to come together, network, learn and reflect on the history and development of palliative care in Korea over the past 20 years. A celebratory ceremony was held on the evening of the first day.

The event was attended by 640 delegates; mainly local palliative care workers, along with some invited representatives from the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Of note was the launch of the first Korean language text book for palliative care. The book was the culmination of two years’ work, with contributions from more than 80 experts.

Also, of note, was the announcement of the KSHPC’s new Mission and Vision.

The diverse program featured seven guest speakers from nearby Asian countries, and topics included:

  • Counselling and communication;
  • National trends in Hospice Palliative Care (HPC);
  • HPC development in Asia;
  • Advances in symptom management;
  • WHO guidance and tools for integrating palliative care into health care systems; and
  • Time trends of palliative care and life-sustaining treatment in US hospitals and its clinical and policy implications.

The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) Chair, Dr Cynthia Goh, was unable to attend the event in person, but delivered a welcome message by video. Dr Goh spoke proudly of developments in palliative care, acknowledging Korea’s role in the formation of two of the three international organisations representing hospice and palliative care worldwide: The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (The WHPCA); and The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (The IPCN). She also encouraged delegates to plan events for the upcoming World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world, to be held on 13 October 2018 (for more information, visit You can view Dr Goh’s full presentation here:

Dr Goh also sent a message to the KSHPC ahead of the event, in which she spoke fondly of her interactions with the society over the years, and expressed her personal congratulations.

‘It is a brave new world out there, and at its 20th Anniversary, I wish the Korean Society of Hospice and Palliative Care all the very best as it takes up the challenges facing palliative care and its development, both within Korea and in the regional and global arena’. Dr Cynthia Goh

You can read her full message here: 


Delegates pose for a photo at the Korean Society for Hospice and Palliative Care 20th anniversary conference.

Next Conference

The KHPCS holds its conference twice yearly, in Summer and Winter. The next conference is scheduled to commence on Saturday 1 December 2018, in Kwang-gu City, Korea.


The Korean Hospice and Palliative Care Society (KHPCS) was established in 1998 and is the national umbrella body for hospice and palliative care in Korea. The Society works to provide education, consultation, and policy development in palliative care; and support for local palliative care workers.


For more information about the society, please visit their website at, or email

Photos courtesy of Korean Hospice and Palliative Care Society (KHPCS)

23rd Congress of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine 2018

On 15-17 June, the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) had the opportunity to participate in the 23rd Congress of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine (JSPM 2018) held in Kobe, Japan. It was the first time that the APHN had been invited by a sector to their local conference to set up an outreach booth.

The JSPM 2018 is one of the largest palliative care conferences in the world and this year’s conference theme was “Quality Palliative and End-of Life Care”. In line with the theme, doctors, nurses and researchers from Japan and overseas shared their experiences and expertise during the panel discussions, workshops and plenary sessions. More than 10 well-known palliative care researchers from around the world were invited. The conference provided a platform to promote non-cancer palliative care, to share information about how to organize community based palliative care in a hyper-aging society, research and clinical implementation of Advanced Care Planning (ACP) internationally, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region. This was also the first time the JSPM Annual Congress conference organized an ‘international day’ on the third day of the conference where outstanding world-class experts presented all the sessions in English..

The APHN had set up the booth with posters of collaborative research in Asia to reach out to potential future collaborators.

The booth allowed the APHN to showcase our activities and more importantly, bring to the awareness of thousands of participants the existence of APHN as there are still many palliative care experts in Japan who have never heard of APHN. Hence, the booth served as a stepping stone to raising awareness amongst Japanese palliative care professionals.

Clockwise from left: Joyce with APHN Council members Professor Kizawa and Professor Kim; Joyce with Professor Kashiwagi (1st chairman of APHN); APHN Council member Dr Mori, with colleagues at the booth.

One of the posters described the ongoing APHN research project involving an international survey on Advanced Care Planning (ACP), which we hope will help to lay the foundation for the future development or implementation and research or education of ACP in many Asia-Pacific countries/regions. Dr Masanori Mori stopped by the booth and interacted with some visitors. Through the booth set up and interactions, many people now know about the opportunities for them to contribute towards the improvement of palliative care in the Asia and Pacific region. Through this experience, we have been able to reach out to more people and share about what we do at APHN, which was one of our main goals for this conference.

Professor Kim (middle) with Japanese faculty at dinner

Group photo

A dinner was organized to facilitate networking among the many healthcare professionals and we got to meet and interact with local palliative care colleagues where new friendships were forged.

We would like to thank Professor Yoshiyuki Kizawa for inviting APHN to the conference; it was a truly enriching experience.

APHN Executive, Joyce (left), with participants from Singapore!

APHN Executive, Joyce (right) with Dr Woo Kam Wing from Hong Kong


Rachel House- Jakarta, Indonesia

Patient playing with a Rachel House nurse

There are close to 700,000 seriously-ill children in Indonesia. However, right now less than one percent of these children have access to pain relief or palliative care. At Rachel House, we have pioneered palliative care in Indonesia for these seriously-ill children from marginalised communities since 2006. We are driven by the vision that no child should ever have to live or die in pain, and that everyone is entitled to palliative care regardless of income, illness or education.

Patient is playing with a Community Network Palliative Care volunteer

We provide home-based palliative care services across Greater Jakarta to seriously-ill children with Cancer and HIV AIDS, free of charge. This allows the children to live pain-free and in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by family and friends. In addition, we educate and equip medical professionals and empower local communities (overwhelmingly women) with palliative care skills, as well as knowledge to provide care for those in need.

A Rachel House nurse on a home care visit to a patient

Our Clinic-In-A-Box program is Indonesia’s premier palliative care education program for nurses and allied health professionals, with world-leaders in palliative care designing and delivering the program.

We are working to build the palliative care ecosystem across Indonesia to make a sustainable change to the country’s healthcare system – and we welcome any partners International or National to join us on this journey.


To find out more, please visit: