APHN Organises First Ever Collaborative Webinar in the Region

Speaker Dr Neo Han Yee during live Q&A

Healthserv Los Banos Medical Center, Philippines

Institut Kanser Negara, Malaysia

National Institute of Cancer Research Hospital, Bangladesh

National Centre for Primary Care and Allergy Research, Sri Lanka

Makati Medical Center, Philippines

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Written by: Trudy Giam, APHN Intern
Edited by: Joyce Chee, APHN Executive

In celebration of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) 2018, the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) organised the first ever collaborative webinar across the Asia Pacific region on 29th October 2018.  We were honoured to have Dr Neo Han Yee to speak on the topic “Management of Dyspnoea.”. He is currently a Consultant at the Department of Palliative Medicine at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore. He was also a speaker for this topic at the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference!

Preparations for this collaborative webinar started in August, where institutions in the region were invited to be part of this event by being a host site. We believed that having a physical venue would help to facilitate meaningful, face-to-face discussions among the participants. In addition, it would also allow fellow palliative care colleagues to catch up with each other and spend time networking over coffee and tea amidst a busy work day.  In addition to existing members, APHN also worked with the host sites to make this special WHPCD session free for all to attend.

The event lasted an hour, encompassing 45 minutes of pre-recorded lecture and a 15-minute real time question and answer segment where participants could pose their questions via a message board. It was a touching moment when we saw colleagues from all over the region coming together at the same time and interacting on the same platform. It was virtual reunion indeed!

We had over 400 participants in this webinar. Most of the participants had found the content to be relevant and useful. Many gained new insights on this particular topic. Overall, it was an enjoyable and fruitful webinar experience for both the participants and the host sites.

This will not have been made possible without the support from all the organisations who offered the meeting venue, logistics, arranged coffee and tea, and even some even applying CME points for the participants. APHN would like to thank the following 25 organisations for their efforts and hospitality as the host sites:

  1. Australia – Palliative Care Victoria
  2. Bangladesh – Hospice Bangladesh
  3. Bangladesh – National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital
  4. China – Teaching Hospital of Sichuan University
  5. India – All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  6. India – Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences Lucknow
  7. Indonesia – Dharmais Cancer Hospital
  8. Indonesia – Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National Hospital
  9. Indonesia – Graha YKI Jakarta
  10. Indonesia – Universitas Padjadjaran, Faculty of Nursing
  11. Malaysia – Hospis Malaysia
  12. Malaysia – National Cancer Institute
  13. Malaysia – Sunway Medical Centre
  14. Philippines – Good Shepherd Hopsital of Panabo City
  15. Philippines – Lung Center Of Philippines
  16. Philippines – Healthserv Los Banos Medical Center
  17. Philippines – Makati Medical Center
  18. Philippines – San Beda University
  19. Philippines – The Ruth Foundation for Palliative And Hospice Care Inc.
  20. Singapore – Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital
  21. Sri Lanka – National Hospital of Sri Lanka
  22. Sri Lanka – University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  23. Thailand – Karunruk Palliative Care Center
  24. Thailand – Bumrungrad International Hospital
  25. Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital

Lastly, we would also like to thank all individuals who participated and supported this initiative in one way or another.

Due to the great success of this event, APHN will be continuing this collaborative webinar series in 2019. If your organisation is located in the Asia Pacific region and will like to join as a host site for this event in 2019, please contact the Secretariat office at aphn@aphn.org for more information.

EPEC Pediatrics Trainers Conference- India

Disclaimer: This course is not organised by the APHN

For more information, please visit: http://www.ciplapalliativecare.org/training/epec/ 

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to the 16th World Congress of the EAPC

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to the 16th World Congress of the EAPC

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is pleased to announce it will provide ten (10) Traveling Scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) in Berlin, Germany on May 23-25, 2019.  The deadline to apply is December 31, 2018. The results will be announced late January 2019.

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome to apply. In order to apply for a traveling scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Have not received grants from IAHPC in the past 3 years.
  • Have been IAHPC active members for two or more consecutive years.
  • Whose institution is an IAHPC active member. To see a list of institutional members click here.
  • Are living in Lower, Lower-Middle and Upper-Middle income categories as per the World Bank income classification data. To see click here.
  • Are dedicated full-time to palliative care in their current work.
  • Graduated less than 10 years ago from university.
  • Have an accepted abstract for poster / oral presentation. Proof of acceptance is required.
  • Describe in their applications long term goals which lead to improvements in any or all of the following areas: service provision; education; availability of and access to medicines; and public policy.

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

More detailed information about the application process and the online form are available at the IAHPC website.

If you need information on how to apply please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Programs Officer at gnapier@iahpc.com.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Events

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) is coming up on the 13th of October 2018!

WHPCD is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. This year's theme is: Palliative Care- Because I Matter!

The materials for WHPCD 2018 are provided below in English and Mandarin (中文版翻译):

In conjunction with WHPCD, here are the list of events happening in our various sectors:

WHPCD Events

Indonesian Palliative Society 

27th October 2018: Indonesian Palliative Society Surabaya Branch and the Surabaya Palliative Foundation have collaborated to hold a seminar about palliative care and the theme is “Mengapa perawatan paliatif penting untuk penderita kanker? “KARENA ANDA BERHARGA”

Venue: Ballroom Grand City Convention Exhibition Surabaya

Time: 0800-1230

This activity is also supported by the Mayor of Surabaya, Dr. (H.C) Ir. Tri Rismaharini, MT as a Keynote Speaker and other speakers with topics Useful always and valuable until the end of life (Tetap berguna dan berharga sampai akhir hayat) by Prof. Marlina S. Mahajuddin., dr., SpKJ(K),PGD.Pall.Med (ECU) and The Role of Palliative Care in Cancer Patient (Peran Perawatan Paliatif Pada Pasien Kanker) by Wiwiek Indriyani Maskoep,dr,SpPD.FINASIM. It will be attended by 1200 participants from all elements, consisting of patients and family, volunteers, employees, health care professionals, NGO, and others in the community interested to be involved and know more about Palliative Care.

Click here for schedule: Palliative Care Seminar Schedule (Indonesia)

Hospice Palliative Care Japan (HPCJ)

7-13 October 2018: HPJC have established a special "Hospice Palliative Care Week". The members of HPCJ, hospice palliative care units, palliative care team and home care services will have special events in each hospital or community (e.g. hospice palliative care forum or symposium, concert, open house, photo exhibition, special counseling room etc.)

Mongolian Palliative Care Society (MPCS)

13th October 2018: MPCS will host an 8 hour conference on "Ethical problems in palliative care or advanced directives". In the conference, we will have presentations and role play on breaking bad news, DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), DPA (durable power of attorney), TPN (total parenteral nutrition), PN (parenteral nutrition), bowel obstruction.

Venue: Conference Hall of the Ministry of Health

14th October 2018: MPCS planned to organize a sports day within our hospices for the prevention of burn out syndrome with basketball and table tennis games. 

Makati Medical Center

15 October: 3rd Integrative Palliative & Home Care Post Graduate Conference "The Care that You Deserve"

Venue: Makati Medical Center, 8th Floor Auditorium, Tower 2

2 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village

Makati City, Philippines 1229

Time: 0800-1700  

Singapore Hospice Council (SHC)

1-31st October 2018: SHC in collaboration with the National Library Board (NLB) to host exhibitions and public education and engagement programmes across 9 libraries islandwide. The objective is to increase understanding of palliative care and end-of-life care among Singaporeans

The exhibition and programmes are open to public and prior registration to attend the programmes is required. For full programme listing and registration, please visit SHC’s website at https://singaporehospice.org.sg/events/

SHC has published the first of a series of Life Books titled “Lawrence of Arabia”. It is an illustrated book to help readers understand more about palliative care, celebrate the lives of palliative care patients and the legacies they leave behind. Published in both English and Chinese, the books will be made available to the public for borrowing at all libraries soon. An eBook version will also be available at SHC’s website by 1 October 2018. Lien Center

  • 8th October 2018: A talk by Professor Eric Finkelstein, Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Duke-NUS Medical School.

Exploring the Complicated Decisions Around End of Life Care: Research at the Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Singapore

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Venue: Central Public Library, Multi-Purpose Room

             100 Victoria Street, National Library Board, Singapore 188064

  • 23rd October 2018: A talk by Professor Semra Ozdemir, Assistant Professor, Health Services & Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School.

Exploring Treatment Decisions of Elderly Patients with Kidney Failure: Research at the Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Singapore

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Venue: Tampines Regional Library, Programme Zone, Level 6

            1 Tampines Walk, #02-01 Our Tampines Hub,  Singapore 529684

 
    • 30th October 2018: A talk by Professor Carl Becker, Specially Appointed Professor of the Policy Science Unit, School of Medicine, Kyoto University.Supporting the family before and after a deathTime: 3pm – 5pmVenue: Duke-NUS Medical SchoolAmphitheatre, Level 28 College Road, Singapore 169857
   

 Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka

13th October 2018Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka will have a programme for about 150-200 participants comprising of Doctors, Nurses, Para Medics, Medical Students and lay people. We will have the Mallika Khoja Oration for the second consecutive year, the topic being "Melodies for Maladies that Linger" followed by a symposium. Also there will a book launch the two books  titled " Hand Book for Carers" in local languages - Sinhala & Tamil.

Venue: Dr. Prathap C. Reddy Auditorium, Lanka Hospitals Click here for schedule: WHPCD Sri Lanka Programme

13 October 2018: Integration of Palliative and Long-Term Care Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital | 高雄醫學大學附設中和紀念醫院

12 October 2018: 2018 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Charity Sale |2018年世界安寧日環保二手安寧義賣活動

Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital is having a Charity Sale for second-hand goods in honor of 2018 World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

http://www.kmuh.org.tw/ Palliative Care Center | 美醫院緩和醫療中心

2-4 October 2018: Grace Hospice Ward: 10th Anniversary Charity Sale | 奇美醫院緩和醫療中心-奇恩病房10週年義賣

In celebration of its 10 year anniversary and to raise awareness for hospice & palliative care in honor of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, Grace Hospice Ward hosted a charity sale on the first floor of the hospital building on October 2nd~4th. Chi Mei Hospital | 奇美醫院  

6 October 2018: Cycling for Love: Raising Awareness for Palliative Care | 「騎出安寧活出愛美麗人生大會師」鐵馬行活動

2018 is a special year for Chi Mei Hospital as it marks the 50th anniversary of Chi Mei Medical Center, 20th anniversary of the hospice and palliative care team, as well as the 10th anniversary of the Grace Hospice Ward. To celebrate this meaningful year, patients, family members, family members of deceased patients, doctors, nurses, and hospital staff of the three hospital branches joined together in a cycling event to bring awareness to hospice and palliative care, patient autonomy, life and death education, and advance care planning.

News Links: https://news.sina.com.tw/article/20181006/28393300.html
                    https://www.ettoday.net/news/20181007/1275733.htm
Pingtung Christian Hospital | 屏基醫療財團法人屏東基督教醫院 

1. 17-21 September 2018: Hospice & Palliative Care Awareness Week | 安寧傳愛週

To promote public awareness of palliative care, Pingtung Christian Hospital held a series of events between September 17~21st which included activities such as a flashmob in the hospital lobby, a writing competition, experiential workshop activities open to the public, and a conference on palliative care.

News links:
http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/18/9/18/n10723225.htm
http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/breakingnews/2555019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1iSJW8_n_8&feature=youtu.be 2. 5 October 2018: Flashmob at the Pingtung Train Station | 屏東火車站快閃活動

On October 5th at 4pm, crowds at the Pingtung Train Station were pleasantly surprised by a flashmob of a group of 30 doctors and nurses from Pingtung Christian Hospital who performed three popular Taiwanese songs and held up signs that read, “Celebrating World Hospice and Palliative Care Day: I support Hospice and Palliative Care” before dispersing into the crowd.

News Link:
https://www.ettoday.net/news/20181005/1274506.htm  

The Department of Palliative Care from University of Medicine and Pharmacy

13th October 2018: The Department of Palliative Care from University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, in partnership with Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital and University Medical Center, would host the first Vietnam National Palliative Care Conference to celebrate this year World Hospice Palliative Care Day. 

Venue: Great Lecture Hall. University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City

217 Hong Bang Street, District 5

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Time: 0800-1200 Click here for schedule: WHPCD Vietnam Schedule

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 rossd@adhb.govt.nz

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

DISCLAIMER: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS NOT ORGANISED BY THE APHN

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 anjani@rachel-house.org 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: https://www.hospismalaysia.org/palliativecareandcancersyposium/

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

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 http://thewhpca.org/world-hospice-and-palliative-care-day/add-event

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

 

NAME APPOINTMENT MEMBERSHIP (SECTOR)
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: http://karunruk.com/

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 www.worldday.org). You can view Dr Goh’s full presentation here: https://youtu.be/aeNJOskdPHk

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.

About KHPCS

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 http://www.hospicecare.or.kr, or email hospice@hospicecare.co.kr

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