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


APHN-Hospis Malaysia: Pain & Symptom Management Workshop

Dear Doctors, Nurses & fellow healthcare professionals,

Palliative Care Workshop on Pain & Symptom Management (22-24 September 2018)

We would like to invite interested participants to attend our forthcoming 3-day Palliative Care Workshop which would be conducted from 22-24 September 2018.

One of the core areas in palliative care is the ability to assess and manage common symptoms that affect patients with cancer and other serious chronic illnesses. It is extremely difficult to manage the psychological aspect and other issues if patients are in severe pain and are experiencing other distressing symptoms.

This workshop will focus on the management of pain, other physical symptoms and address issues on psychological distress so that patients are given the opportunity to live the rest of their days with meaning during their end-of-life stage.

The workshop will be conducted in English and facilitated by:

  • Associate Professor Dr Ghauri Aggarwaal- Consultant of Physician Palliative Medicine
  • Dr Jan Maree Davis- SESLHD Area Director Palliative Care Service
  • Dr Ednin Hamzah- Chief Executive Officer of Hospis Malaysia
  • Dr Lim Zee Nee- Palliative Care Physician
  • Dr Siow Yen Ching- Palliative Care Physician

It focuses on small group settings and will be most beneficial to those working in a Palliative Care and Oncology setting.

Registration for the workshop can be done on our website:

For further enquiries, kindly contact Kai Lee via telephone: 03 9133 3936 (ext: 207) or email

Thank You.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia

APHN Online Educational Series: Communication Skills Training by Prof Amy Chow



Dear friends

The APHN Webinar Lecture Series for 2018 is starting in May! Want to learn from the regional experts but unable to travel due to your schedule? Fret not! Join us at this webinar to interact with our speaker and join in discussions real-time, just like you would in a face to face seminar!

We are very honoured to have Dr Amy Chow as our first speaker of the year. Dr Amy Chow is Associate Professor with the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, the University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the prestigious International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement, a registered social worker with the Hong Kong Social Workers Registration Board and a fellow in thanatology with the Association of Death Education and Counselling. Dr Chow’s field of specialisation is in palliative care, grief and bereavement.

The online discussion has concluded on 23 May 2018. If you will like to view the online lecture, please email the Secretariat Office at

P.S. Are there any expert speakers that you will like APHN to invite? Tell us in the comments below!

4th Maruzza Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care

Click to go to the conference website.

The APHN is proud to be a supporting partner of this conference.

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop: Communication Skills

Dear Doctors, Nurses and fellow healthcare professionals,


We would like to invite interested participants to our 2-day Palliative Care Workshop on Communication Skills which will be conducted from 14 – 15 April 2018.

Effective communication skills are an absolute necessity towards providing well planned palliative care which is delivered through the collaborative efforts of many people including the patient, their care givers (family and friends) and healthcare providers.

This workshop deals with the mechanics of communication that ranges from issues, techniques and practical sessions when dealing with patients with life-limiting illness and their families.

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Rebecca Coles-Gale, Clinical & Health Psychologist from the United Kingdom together with Dr Sylvia McCarthy from Hospis Malaysia. This workshop will focus on highly interactive role plays, problem-based learning and case studies in small group settings.

It is conducted in English, all participants will be expected to communicate and interact during the workshop. Doctors and nurses will benefit most as the most difficult areas are encountered during clinical consultations.

Registration for workshop can be made online at our website: For further enquiries, kindly contact Communication Department via telephone: 03 9133 3936.

Thank You.


Yours sincerely


Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia


Hong Kong 2nd Community End-of-Life Care International Conference

The Community End-of-Life Care International Conference will be held on June 20-21, 2018. Sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, registration is FREE.

Some of the keynote speakers for this conference are Dr. Stephen Connor – Executive Director, Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), Prof. Irene Higginson – Professor of Palliative Care and Policy King’s College London; King’s Health Partners, Director, Cicely Saunders Institute, Prof. David Currow – Professor of Palliative Medicine, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Prof. Wang Ying Wei –Director General, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

Find out more at the conference website here.