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APHN-Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshops: Clinical Ethics In Palliative Care

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop


Much of the issues involved in medical ethics revolve around the issue of illness and the preservation of life. As Palliative Care deals with patients and families at the transitions of care, issues surrounding medical ethics become more common. There is increasing public discussion in areas such as withholding and withdrawal of treatment, mental capacity, medical futility and physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. Those involved in palliative care should be aware of both ethical issues as well as the clinical evidence that should guide their practice. This workshop deals with many of the ethical issues in palliative care mainly through case discussions.

For further enquiries, kindly contact Wai Mun via telephone: +61-03 9133 3936 (extension 267) or email

LCPC-APHC-SHC Workshops 2017

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Dear colleagues

LCPC will be hosting two conference workshops during the APHC 2017 in July. Registrations are opened now!

SHC-LCPC Forum – Deprescribing in Palliative Care



Abstract Submission for APHC 2017


Dear Colleagues

The 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference (APHC) 2017 will be accepting abstracts for poster and/or oral presentations till 18 February 2017, 23:59 (GMT+8). You may wish to read more on the criteria and submission details here.

We look forward to seeing you at the 12th APHC in July!

APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Palliative Care Nursing

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop


It is crucial that healthcare providers involved in palliative care services possess the necessary skill and knowledge to ensure that holistic patient-centred care is never compromised. Palliative nursing care kick starts our first module of our palliative care workshops every year.

This 2-day workshop addresses topics on patient assessment, wound management, use of syringe driver, communication and the entire spectrum of patient care which is vital towards ensuring patients receive the due care they need in their place of care.

For further information, please contact Wai Mun at 03 – 9133 3936 (ext: 267) or email

Pain Association of Singapore Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

See their lineup of speakers at the picture below!


The Pain Association of Singapore (PAS) Annual Scientific Meeting will be held on 25th March 2017 at One Farrer Hotel.

This one-day refresher programme is catered for the varied interests of medical, nursing and allied health professionals who are passionate about pain management. A diverse range of topics have been planned such as updates in analgesic pharmacology, approaches to pain conditions, basic radiological imaging reading, non-pharmacological therapies, and many more. 

Do check out their conference website at this link!

What happens when palliative care intersects with other specialties?

Loving Brandon was hard. Not because of Brandon – he was a beautiful boy. He had beautiful eyes and a gentle heart.  He loved massages and his face lit up during sensory therapy. He also had severe brain damage and limited ability to communicate. We could never know for sure how much he did or didn’t understand, but we feel certain he knew his people and he understood love.

Loving was not hard because of Brandon. It was hard because it hurt so badly to watch him suffer. On top of his severe cognitive challenges, Brandon had a contagious respiratory infection. That meant there were lots of rules around how and where he could be cared for. The rules came from a good intentions –  intentions to help cure and to protect others from infection. But for a child who already has a life limiting condition, those rules were pretty hard to understand.

Brandon only had a small circle of people who really knew him. He couldn’t speak up like a typical kid and tell someone when he was hurting, sad or sick. It broke our hearts when he moved to a specialty  respiratory diseases facility, even though it made sense medically. We knew that no treatment on earth could offer him a long life, so we wished for his remaining time to be peaceful. We wanted him to have security, comfort and a predicable routine – things we knew were important to him.  But treatment for his respiratory condition plunged him into a new routine, a new system, and left him surrounded by strangers. Kind strangers for sure – but they didn’t know Brandon.

There are no easy answers in palliative care.  Brandon’s story will always break our hearts. We are thankful we were able to visit with him in his isolation unit, but incredibly sad he was not at home when he died. These situations push us to keep talking, keep asking ourselves the hard questions – what happens when palliative care intersects with other specialty areas? Sometimes different branches of health care  act in synergy –  mental health, physiotherapy and many other specialties are vital components of end-of-life care. But sometimes it’s not so simple. The right thing in one book is not the right thing in another. We are so grateful that these discussions are part of medical practice these days. Our hard conversations belong to a wider debate. Scientists and doctors around the world are studying and talking about these issues.

For us, right now, we are feeling sad that Brandon has died without returning home. We wonder if we failed him somehow, if we could have changed things. It’s a pretty normal part of grief to ask these questions, but its also part of understanding and processing this painful sorrow.  By seeking to understand, we are seeking to find a way forward,  to figure out what our hearts say about some of those hard questions. Sure, there’s a whole lot of research going on – but sometimes what your heart tells you makes a lot of sense.

For us, right now, our hearts are feeling incredibly sad.

The article above is republished with permission from Butterfly Children’s Hospice. Read other articles at their blog here.

16th Governing Council and call for working committee volunteers

The 16th governing council of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) was formed at our annual meeting in Hue, Vietnam, this year. The APHN provides you with many opportunities to get involved and influence the future of the field. Volunteering is a good way for networking and building friendships that will last a lifetime.

Get Involved

Before the start of 2017, we will like to hold a Call for Volunteers seeking members who are looking to get involved in APHN. There are 3 main types of volunteering opportunities for you to consider.

  1. Committees: to advance specific committee charges
    • Education
    • Research
    • Communications
    • Membership
  2. Speical Interest Groups: to be involved in specific advancements of
    • Pacific Islands Special Interest Group
    • Paediatric Palliative Care Special Interest Group
    • China Special Interest Group
  3. APHN Editorial Board: to write and review with APHN publications such as the monthly newsletter

If you are interested, do email Joyce at with your interested position and your CV.

The Governing Board and Working Committee

cynthia-goh Associate Professor Cynthia Goh (Singapore)


Overall Project Lead, Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care

 Professor Hyun Sook Kim Professor Hyun Sook Kim (Korea)


 dr-ednin-hamzah Dr Ednin Hamzah  (Malaysia)


Chair, Educations Committee

  Associate Professor Ghauri Aggarwal (Australia)

Honorary Secretary

Co-Leader, Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care (Sri Lanka)

 r-akhileswaran Dr R Akhileswaran (Singapore)

Assistant Honorary Secretary

 fan Mr Kwan Kam Fan (Hong Kong)

Honorary Treasurer

Chair, Finance Committee

Chair, Human Resource Committee

 BD_Chong_Poh_Heng Dr Chong Poh Heng (Singapore)

Assistant Honorary Treasurer

Chair, Paediatric Palliative Care Special Interest Group

 priya Dr Priyadarshini Kulkarni (India)

Council Member

 maria Dr Maria Witjaksono (Indonesia)

Council Member

 tsuneto Professor Satoru Tsuneto (Japan)

Council Member

 jeanno-park Dr Jeanno Park (Korea)

Council Member

 richard-lim Dr Richard Lim (Malaysia)

Council Member

 patsy-yates Professor Patsy Yates (Australia)

Council Member

 annie Dr Annie Kwok (Hong Kong)

Council Member

Chair, Membership Committee

 prof-kizawa Professor Yoshiyuki Kizawa (Japan)

Council Member

Member, Communications Committee

 amy_chow Associate Professor Amy Chow (Hong Kong)

Council Member

Member, Communications Committee

 chun-kai Dr Chun-Kai Fang (Taiwan)

Council Member

Chair, Communications Committee

 Sushma Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (India)

Council Member

Co-leader, Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care (Bangladesh)

Chair, Research Committee

 srivieng Associate Profesor Srivieng Pairojkul (Thailand)

Council Member

 dr-jun-hua-lee Dr Jun-Hua Lee  (Taiwan)

Council Member

Member, Communications Committee

 rico-liu Dr Rico Liu (Hong Kong)

Chair, China Special Interest Group

7th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies Conference 2017


The 7th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies Conference (ASEAPS 2017) will bring together all of the region’s clinicians, scientists, nurses, pharmacologists and researchers under one roof from 16 to 19 February 2017 in exciting Yangon with the common purpose of providing a better quality of life to our patients living with long-term pain that may have no cure – without surgery and a heavy reliance on medication.

Through sponsored & plenary symposia, free papers & poster sessions and pre-conference educational sessions, ASEAPS 2017 will keep all delegates on the leading edge of the rapidly developing field of pain management as our distinguished internationally renowned experts teach, share, discuss & debate all the latest developments in this important medical subspecialty.

There has never been a more exciting time to visit the extraordinary country of Myanmar. Please join them and help them to achieve their goal of providing patients with the opportunity to lead full, pain-free lives.

Visit for more information.

Presentations available for download from 5th International African Palliative Care Conference


Download the presentations from the 5th International African Palliative Care Conference, hosted in Kampala, Uganda from 16-19 August today! It is FREE!

The conference programme is available here, with access to corresponding presenter Powerpoints and video presentations, outlined below:

From ehospice


Starting conversations is key to better patient outcomes

In an article by The West Australian News, “Confronting mortality and dying well”, Dr Blackwell recalls his experience as a carer for his wife, instead of a palliative care doctor.

“…It was the start of a five-year process he calls the “conversation” — where doctors and family are encouraged to discuss openly the best treatment options, even the “do nothing” plan…He remembers the highs and lows of the next four years, as they balanced the need to have the best possible drugs and therapy while having good quality of life for his wife…”

Here are some points noted in the article which we will like to share with you

  • End-of-life care is about a person, not their tumour marker score. The best indicator to measure the success of that process is how well the family grieves after their relative has died.
  • Doctors can fall into the trap of being blinkered by ordering tests and procedures for the frail and elderly, doing what they are comfortable with, rather than what is best for the patient

Read the full article here.