Lien Centre for Palliative Care: Palliative Care Course for Therapists

Register now for upcoming course!

Palliative Care Course for Therapists
20 Aug, 21 Aug & 3 Sep 2019
(Registration deadline on 14 June.
Registration may close earlier when maximum intake capacity has been reached)

You may click on this link to register:

APHN-Hospis Malaysia: Workshop on Communication Skills

Workshop on Communication Skills: 22 – 23 June 2019

Dear Doctors, Nurses & fellow healthcare professionals,

We would like to invite participants to our 2-day palliative care workshop on Communication Skills Workshop on 22 and 23 June 2019.

This workshop is conducted and facilitated by Clinical & Health Psychologist from the United Kingdom, Dr Rebecca Coles-Gales and Hospis Malaysia’s Medical Director, Dr Sylvia McCarthy. This workshop will deal with the mechanics of communications that range from issues, techniques and practical sessions when dealing with patients with life-limiting illness and their families.

Registration submission can be made either online at our website or completed registration form emailed to: or faxed to: 603 9133 3941.

You may click on this link to view the upcoming 2019 workshops.


Thank you


Yours Sincerely,

Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia

APHN Webinar #12

Hello everyone!

The APHN will be hosting it's third webinar of the 2019 APHN Webinar series on 13th June 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 Sushma Bhatnagar speaking on the topic of "Pain Management".

Dr Sushma Bhatnagar is the Professor & Head of Onco-Anaesthesia, Pain & Palliative Medicine IRCH at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. She is also a member of implementation task force of Lancet Commission report on Palliative care, president of Indian Association of Palliative care and has 30 years of teaching and research experience, among other achievements.

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.

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: 

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.

More host sites may be added so keep a lookout for new host sites in your region!

The last day to register for the webinar at any of these host sites will be on 12th March 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


3rd Floor,
13, Ragaviah Road,
T. Nagar,Chennai - 17

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

Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo National Hospital



Assisi Palliative Care Bhd


Training Hall First Floor, Assisi Palliative Care Bhd

No 49, Jalan Railway 1/2,

46000, Petaling Jaya,

Selangor, Malaysia

Sunway Medical Centre


Rainforest Room

Level 4, Tower A, Swan Convention Centre

Sunway Medical Centre, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia

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.

263 St. Francis Street, Barangay Oranbo

Pasig City, Philippines

Lung Center Of Philippines


Lung Center of Philippines, Ground Floor AVR

Quezon Avenue, Quezon City 1100, Philippines

Makati Medical Center


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

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

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

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital


Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Pre-Fab Training Room 2 & 3

90 Yishun Central, Singapore 768828

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

Sri Lanka Medical Association


The Council Room, Sri Lanka Medical Association

No. 06, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 07.


Karunruk Palliative Care Center

Venue: Karunruk Palliative Care Center Conference Room, 18th floor

Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Memorial Building, Srinagarind Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand


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

Job Advert: Chief Executive Officer at Butterfly Children’s Hospices CIO (BCH)

Disclaimer: This is a paid post

Job Advert:

Chief Executive Officer

Butterfly Children’s Hospices CIO (BCH)


We are excited to be looking for a new executive lead to carry the NGO into its next phase of developing palliative care services for children and their families in China.

Our NGO was set up with one aim in mind – to change the care of life-limited children and their families in China. We have achieved this to a remarkable degree.

Our mission now is to further promote excellence in children’s palliative and hospice care in China (and other similar locations) through leadership, local collaboration, advocacy and education.

From a standing start, in its first few years of work, the charity has:

  • Successfully brought the need for children’s palliative care services onto the agenda of the Chinese government, local and national;
  • Raised the profile and understanding of the concept of children’s palliative care;
  • Led the formation of a medical association for children’s palliative care in China;
  • Held four national conferences in China, recognised at an international level by the Board of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN).

The work in China has been welcomed by the Chinese Government and by a visit from a member of the British Royal Family arranged through the British Embassy in China.

Overview of the role

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to lead an organisation which is helping to shape services in a highly energised and developing setting. You will have the chance to work with a highly committed team in China and around the world to deliver a vision which will change and impact the care of suffering children and their families for the future.

We are looking for a fluent bi-lingual (Mandarin/English) dynamic and creative leader, with the drive to lead and further develop our dedicated team. Working primarily in China, you will have an entrepreneurial approach and significant experience of securing income from diverse funding streams.

Values driven, you will be adept at building and nurturing relationships with the vision to inspire and influence across the organisation and externally.

You will collaborate with healthcare leaders and professionals to help shape their ideas into new models of service provision and drive forward the vision of the charity.

The role will encompass identification; development; implementation and promotion of current and future BCH services, programs and partnerships that support children and families in China who are affected by life-limiting conditions or complex medical conditions.

Focused on China, this role requires high-level consultation with the Chinese government and medical authorities, collaboration and relationship building skills, with philanthropic, corporate, government and community stakeholders both within China and internationally.

Initially, you will also be responsible for operational oversight of existing management in the Butterfly Home in Hunan Province, Changsha.

*Upon application we can provide you with a strategy that expands on the objectives and expectations.

The candidate we are seeking will have director level experience, ideally with children’s services in the third sector and must have worked internationally.

Further Information

Role Description/Person Specification and BCH Organisation Chart available upon receipt of interest letter.

Please visit our website for further information.

To Apply

If you would like to express your interest in this role, please send a CV and covering email (in English), outlining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position as described above in order to proceed to the next stage of recruitment.

Emails should be directed to our current CEO, Lyn Gould at

Applicants will be contacted for an initial conversation with the CEO before shortlisting for a formal interview.







我们的期待的首代应该是有这样的信念 – 改善重症儿童及其家庭的生命质量。虽然我们已经取得了一些发展



  • 成功地将儿童舒缓护理服务的需求纳入中国政府相关部门、地方和国家层面;
  • 提升大众对儿童舒缓护理的理解和意义的认知;
  • 引导中国成立儿童舒缓护理的医学专业协会;
  • 在中国举办了四次全国性论坛会议,得到了国际儿童姑息治疗网络(ICPCN)理事会的肯定。







本职位的职责范围 也将包括甄别、发展、执行和推广蝴蝶之家目前和将来的服务、项目和相关合作关系,这些将会支持国内重绝症儿童及其家庭。










请直接电邮我们现任的首席执行长,Lyn Gould (


Chinese ePall Book launched!

Dear friends,

The Chinese ePall Book has finally been launched at 

This eBook has been created by practicing palliative care doctors and nurses in Singapore and has now been translated into simplified Chinese.  The content is most appropriate for doctors, nurses, and allied health care professionals who encounter patients with palliative care needs in their practice.

We hope you will find this resource useful!


Thank you

Paediatric Palliative Care Workshop- Malaysia

Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019, Perth

Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019
10 – 13 September 2019
Perth, Western Australia

In September 2019 the palliative care sector will gather in the beautiful location of Perth, Australia for the 2019 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference #19OPCC, formerly the Australian Palliative Care Conference. The theme for the inaugural Oceanic Palliative Care Conference is Universal Access: Oceans of Opportunities.

The theme will allow for exploration of palliative care as a human right and what can be done to ensure people from underserved populations can access palliative care and have their pain and other symptoms managed at the end of life.

The conference will promote the concept that palliative care should be available to everyone, regardless of their location, age, income,diagnosis, prognosis, gender, sexual orientation, social background or cultural origin.

By bringing people from across the globe together for three days of thoughtful, inspiring and practical discussions, delegates will leave armed with information and resources to improve palliative care in their regions. On behalf of Palliative Care Australia, Palliative Care WA and Hospice New Zealand, we look forward to seeing you in Perth in 2019.


  • There are scholarships or bursaries provided for the event
  • Discounts are available to APHN members

Email for inquiries:

To find out more please visit

APHN Webinar #10 Report

RMD Specialties Hospital, India

RMD Specialties Hospital, India

Dr. STM Hospital Government Medical College, India

Dr. STM Hospital Government Medical College, India

The Ruth Foundation, Philippines

National Kidney & Transplant Institute, Philippines

National Kidney & Transplant Institute, Philippines

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Written by: Trudy Giam, Executive, APHN

APHN kick-started 2019 with our first webinar of the 2019 APHN Webinar series on 24th January 2019.

This time round we invited Dr Naveen Salins to deliver a lecture on the topic of “Management of Delirium”. Dr Salins is the Professor and Head of the Department of Palliative Medicine at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. His area of interest in palliative care is end-of-life (EOL) care, and he played a pivotal role in drawing up the position statement and policy guidelines on EOL care for India.

Delirium is prevalent in patients approaching end-of-life and have an association with high mortality and morbidity. In addition, delirium results in the hindering of patient communication which causes high stress levels in not only the patient but the family members or caregivers as well.[i] Hence, it is important for our palliative care colleagues to learn about managing delirium.

Much like our first collaborative webinar, we had an array of host sites from our different sectors. Many of the previous organisations were willing to participate in the event again. We even managed to recruit seven new host sites! The hour long event was comprised of 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.

We had over 647 participants in this webinar, which was a significant increase from the previous webinar! APHN would like to thank the following 23 organisations for their efforts and hospitality as the host sites:

  1. Bangladesh- Hospsis Bangladesh
  2. Bangladesh- National Institute of Cancer Research Hospital
  3. China- West China Fourth Hospital of Sichuan
  4. India- RMD Specialties Hospital
  5. India- Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences
  6. India- Dr STM Hospital GMC Haldwani
  7. Indonesia- Dharmais Cancer Hospital
  8. Indonesia- Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital – Oncology Centre
  9. Indonesia- Universitas Padjadjaran, Faculty of Nursing
  10. Philippines- San Beda College of Nursing
  11. Philippines- Healthserv Los Banos Medical Centre
  12. Philippines- Davao Regional Medical Centre
  13. Philippines- Hospice Philippines
  14. Philippines- Makati Medical Centre
  15. Philippines- Lung Centre
  16. Philippines- The Ruth Foundation for Palliative and Hospice Care
  17. Philippines- National Kidney & Transplant Institute
  18. Philippines- Siliman University Medical Centre
  19. Philippines- Philippine Institute Of Traditional And Alternative Health
  20. Singapore- Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  21. Sri Lanka- University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  22. Sri Lanka- Sri Lanka Medical Association
  23. Thailand- Khonkaen University, Srinagarind Hospital

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

Overall, the webinar was successfully conducted and feedback was well received.


Do keep a lookout on our website or newsletter for updates on upcoming webinars.


If your organisation is located in the Asia Pacific region and would like join us as a host site for future webinars, please contact the Secretariat office at email at:

[i] Bush, S. H., Tierney, S., & Lawlor, P. G. (2017). Clinical Assessment and Management of Delirium in the Palliative Care Setting. Drugs77(15), 1623-1643.

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care – Bhutan Module 2 of 6

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care – Bhutan Module 2 of 6, Trip Report for 28 Jan to 2 Feb 2019

Written by: Ms Joyce Chee, Assistant Manager, APHN

Edited by: Dr Shirlynn Ho, Lien Collaborative faculty country lead for Bhutan

The 2nd Module of the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care – Training of Trainers in Palliative Care Programme for Bhutan was conducted from 28 January to 2 February 2019, at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu, Bhutan. The course was taught by a 5 member faculty team consisting of Associate Professor Cynthia Goh (Project lead), Dr Shirlynn Ho (Country Lead), Dr Jamie Zhou, Ms Saw Nandar Nwe and Ms Jan Philips.

A total of 23 participants, consisting of 8 doctors, 10 nurses, and 5 allied health professionals attended the course. Key topics covered during the 2nd module was built upon the topics taught in the 1st module, and they include the following:

• Pain assessment & management
• Use of opioids and co-analgesics
• Breathlessness
• Nausea & Vomiting
• Constipation & Diarrhoea
• Clinical ethics
• Alternative routes of nutrition & hydration
• Communication
• Navigating Cancer
• Care at the end of life

There were 3 sessions of clinical bedside teaching, which allowed the participants to practice their newly learnt skills. Unique to this module was that each topic was tailored to the participants’ needs. The aim was to provide them with relevant knowledge and skills which will impact their practice. To meet this goal, the faculty were very flexible in adjusting the training to the local context and participants’ feedback at the end of each training day. Three topics were added to the module and the contents of the other topics were modified. These were “Subcutaneous medications available in Bhutan”, “Cost comparison based on equianalgesic dosing” and “Caring for ourselves”.

Overall, the 2nd module was a success. The participants felt more confident in their communication with patients and caregivers. They were excited to share the knowledge and skills learnt during the course with their colleagues and to apply the palliative care approach to their daily work.

During this trip, the team from the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) was extremely honoured to be given an audience with His Majesty the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and to meet with His Excellency Dr Lotay Tshering, the Prime Minister of Bhutan. Both of them recognised the palliative care need in Bhutan and were very supportive of initiating palliative care in the country. The pictures below have been republished with permission from the relevant authorities in Bhutan.

From left: Ms Saw Nandar Nwe, Dr Zamie Zhou, His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Dr Cynthia Goh, Ms Joyce Chee (APHN Assistant Manager), Ms Jan Philips, Dr Shirlynn Ho, Mr Christopher Lim (APHN Volunteer)

From left: Mr Sonam Tobgay (participant of the course), Mr Christopher Lim (APHN volunteer), Ms Jan Philips, Dr Shirlynn Ho, A/Prof Cynthia Goh, His Excellency Dr Lotay Tshering Ms Joyce Chee, Dr Jamie Zhou, Ms Saw Nandar Nwe, Ms Yangden Paki (participant of the course)

The APHN hopes to continue to engage and support the development of palliative care in Bhutan via an official partnership with JDWNRH, the nation’s main national referral hospital, to train its core palliative care team, and to establish it as the first teaching centre for palliative care in Bhutan.

Team photo of Faculty and participants

The APHN will like to thank the Director of JDWNRH for providing the training venue, logistics and lunch for the training, as well as hosting dinner for the team. We will also like to thank Ms Phub Zan, President of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Fu Lu Shou restraurant for their hospitality in hosting dinner for the team.

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to the 2019 APCA and OPCC Conference


The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is pleased to announce it will provide Traveling Scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the following educational events:

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

  • Be current IAHPC members. If you wish to apply and are not an IAHPC member, you may join by clicking here.
  • Be current members at the time of the conference, workshop, congress or event.

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 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.

Writing and submitting an abstract can be a challenge. Remember IAHPC members can conduct their research by accessing CINAHL database with unlimited on-line access / downloads of full text articles from leading journals,

If you need information on how to apply please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Programs Officer at

European Palliative Care Academy Leadership Course 2019 – 2021

Applications for the European Palliative Care Academy Leadership Course 2019 – 2021 are being accepted now. Deadline for applications is June 9th 2019.

Are you a palliative care expert who wants to make a difference and is looking for an advanced international training opportunity in palliative care?

Then the European Palliative Care Academy might be what you are looking for. With our innovative palliative care leadership curriculum we can help you develop your theoretical knowledge and skills in the fields of personal and project development, teamwork, research and advocacy.

The European Palliative Care Academy was initiated by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and is a joint project of the four academic centres:

• University Hospital of Cologne/ Germany
• King’s College London, Cicely Saunders Institute/ United Kingdom
• Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń/ Poland
• Hospice Casa Sperantei, Brasov/ Romania

Together, these institutions have worked closely together to develop a curriculum aimed at emerging palliative care leaders of all professional backgrounds from across Europe. The new course starts in September 2019. Deadline for applications is June 9th 2019. For further information on the European Palliative Care Academy and the application process, please visit EUPCA’s website:

Applications OPEN for Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship and APHN Bursaries

Dear APHN members,

The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) is inviting applications for the Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship and APHN Bursaries for delegates attending the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in 2019.

*Applications will be processed through a centralized portal. The selection committee of APHN will shortlist one awardee for the scholarship and 20 awardees for the bursaries. All applicants will be considered for BOTH the Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship (RSTS) and APHN bursary.


Rosalie Shaw Travel Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current individual member of APHN
  • Nomination supported by 2 other APHN members
  • Display leadership qualities and works in a palliative care service
  • Contribution to palliative care development in your country of work or residence
  • Must submit an abstract for the APHC
  • Must submit a report on the benefits of attendance within 3 months after attending APHC
  • Has not received any grants from APHN for the past 5 years
  • Preference will be given to members who have not received sponsorship of any kind for attending regional and international palliative care conferences.

APHN Bursaries

What is being offered
  • 20 bursaries are available
  • The amount of each bursary is SGD500
  • Priority will be given to participants from low/middle income countries, nurses and Allied Health workers, as well as persons who are unable to obtain other sponsorship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current individual member of APHN
  • Nomination supported by 2 other APHN members
  • Must submit a report on the benefits of attendance within 3 months after attending APHC
  • Has not received any grants from APHN for the past 5 years
  • Preference will be given to members who have not received sponsorship of any kind for attending regional and international palliative care conferences.

Important points to note:

  • Deadline for application is 31st March 2019
  • To register for APHN Individual Membership, please click here
  • To renew your APHN Individual Membership, please click here