APHN-Hospis Malaysia: Workshop on Grief & Bereavement Care

Dear Palliative Care Colleagues ,

Workshop on Grief & Bereavement Care: 14 – 15 December 2019

One of the aims of palliative care is to provide support to patients experiencing death anxiety and stress of cumulative loss, thereby creating a more healing environment for patients and their caregivers while at the same time being aware of the process of grief and own self-awareness issues.

This two-day intense workshop concludes our final series of palliative care workshops for 2018. The workshop is designed to facilitate the process of adaptation to loss and aims to greatly relieve suffering within the critical care setting by focusing on end-of-life needs.

Associate Professor Amy Chow from the University of Hong Kong and Dr Gilbert Fan from Singapore, both will be facilitating this course which is designed towards a very interactive and engaging experience. This workshop will be immensely valuable to clinicians, psychologists, social workers and counselors managing palliative care and care of the dying.

We would appreciate participants who are interested to submit their registration online at the Hospis Malaysia website https://www.hospismalaysia.org/griefandbereavement/

You may refer to the programme attached here.


Thank you


Yours Sincerely,

Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia

2nd Annual Convention of the Philippine Society of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2019

APHN will have a booth set up at the convention. Head on over to have a chat with us if you are attending the convention! Hope to see you there!

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to the 2020 ALCP Congress

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is pleased to announce that it will provide Traveling Scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the X Latin American Congress of Palliative Care in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 25-28, 2020. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2019. Results will be announced in early January.   

Applicants from all disciplines are welcome.

  • To apply for a Traveling Scholarship, applicants must be IAHPC members in good standing. Not a member? Join IAHPC! 
  • To access the Traveling Scholarship, successful applicants must be current members at the time of the congress.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • have not received grants from IAHPC in the past 3 years
  • have been IAHPC active members for 2 or more consecutive years
  • are affiliated with an institution that is an IAHPC institutional member (see the list of institutional members)
  • are living in lower, lower-middle and upper-middle income categories as per the World Bank income classification data 
  • are dedicated full-time to palliative care in their current work
  • graduated from university less than 10 years ago
  • have an accepted abstract for poster or oral presentation (proof of acceptance is required)
  • describe in their applications long-term goals that lead to improvements in any or all of the following areas: service provision, education, availability of and access to medicines, public policy

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

Visit the IAHPC website for detailed information about the application process or to fill out an application form.

If you have any questions about how to apply for a Traveling Scholarship, please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Programs Officer at gnapier@iahpc.com.

APHN Webinar #13: Palliative Care in ICUs

Hello everyone!

The APHN will be hosting it's fourth webinar of the 2019 APHN Webinar series on 18th November 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 Poi Choo Hwee from Singapore speaking on the topic of "Palliative Care in ICUs".

Dr Poi is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Palliative Medicine in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She received her accreditation as a specialist in General Medicine and Palliative Medicine in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Dr Poi has been caring for critically ill patients at the end-of-life and is her department's clinical lead for integrating palliative care with the ICUs since 2015. She is a Core Clinical Faculty Member of NHG's Internal Medicine Residency Program and Subspecialty Education Coordinator & Site Director for Palliative care in her hospital's Residency programme.

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. (*Please note that more host sites may be added so keep a lookout for new host sites in your region!)

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: http://aphn.org/membership-2/application-for-organisational-membership/ 

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 aphn@aphn.org or call +65 6235 5166.

The last day to register for the webinar at any of these host sites will be on 13th November 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


The Auditorium, Tamil Virtual Academy

Anna University Campus

Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kottupuram

Chennai- 25, Next to Anna Centenary Library

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

MRCCC Siloam Hospitals Semanggi

Venue: tbc

Sunway Medical Centre


LG Meeting Room

Lower Ground, Tower B

Sunway Medical Centre

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.

Venue: ActivCare Home Health Solutions, Inc.
No. 2 Sta. Rosa Street, Barangay Kapitolyo, 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

San Beda University

Venue: Pamanang Bedista, San Beda University

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


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

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

13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2019 in Surabaya, Indonesia

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Written by: Trudy Giam, APHN Executive

Edited by: Djin Tay, APHN Volunteer Editor

“Bringing hope to those in despair” was the theme at the 13th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference (APHC) this year, which took place from 1-4 August 2019 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

The conference was co-organised by the Indonesian Palliative Society (MPI) and Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) with the aim of enhancing knowledge in hospice palliative care and networking within the region. The APHC 2019 and its related activities in Surabaya was supported by the Provincial Government of East Java, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism.

The event brought together some 575 people from 24 different countries to participate in a plethora of activities revolving around palliative care such as plenary sessions, workshops and more. In addition, it provided an incredible opportunity for networking, forging new friendships and catching up with familiar faces. It was attended by general practitioners and specialists, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers, medical and nursing students, and volunteers involved in palliative care internationally.

The conference kicked off with an opening ceremony which was witnessed by the Mayor of Surabaya, Dr. Tri Rismaharini. Under her leadership, Surabaya has officially opened a Palliative Park for the locals. There have been weekly activities conducted to advocate for Palliative care. After the opening speech by Dr. Dradjat R.Suardi (Chairman, Organising Committee of APHC 2019) and Dr Cynthia Goh (Chairman, APHN), the audiences were greeted by exciting performances including cultural dances and songs. The peak of the performance was none other than the Angklung performance by the children beneficiaries in Surabaya.

Over the course of four days, participants were treated to lectures by world-renowned palliative care experts. Each of the pre-conference workshops and main conference sessions were specially curated to cover different areas of palliative care. Following the lectures were the question and answer segments where participants could engage with the subject matter experts to clarify any doubts. Participants also had a chance to consult some of the speakers during the Meet-the-Expert sessions. There were also sessions conducted in Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia for some of the foreign and local delegates.

The presentations and discussions underscored the importance of palliative care and how a continuous effort to learn has an enormous impact on improving palliative care around the world.

On the third day of the conference, we had the honor of attending the APHC Gala Dinner hosted by the Mayor of Surabaya herself at Surabaya City Hall. The guests were treated to a magnificent evening of entertainment, fun and dinner. Spectacular performances by talented groups and individuals of all ages were put up throughout the evening.

The fourth and final day of the conference drew to a close after a morning of lectures and everyone gathered for the closing ceremony. The ceremony started off by awarding the winners of the poster and oral presentations. Dr Dradjat R. Suardi then delivered his ending speech to express his gratitude for the hard work that everyone had put in to achieve such a successful conference. Following the speech was the ceremonial handing over of the APHC plaque to the next host country representative. As APHC 2021 will be held in Kobe, Japan, Professor Tetsuo Kashiwagi, the representative of the Japan team, received the plaque.

The Japanese team took to the stage to promote the next session of APHC and warmly welcomed everyone to attend APHC 2021 in Kobe. The event concluded with the Japanese team inviting the audience to join in “Ippon-zime”, a traditional custom of ceremonial hand clapping performed at the end of a special event, to bring a cheerful and lively closing.

We hope to see you all at APHC 2021 in Kobe, Japan!

The 19th Council

Top (left to right): Prof Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Dr Theresa Lai, Dr Chun-Kai Fang, Prof Tetsuo Kashiwagi (Advisor), Prof Wang Ying-Wei, Prof Kwon So Hi, Dr Mandy Parris-Piper, Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, Dr Urip Murtedjo, Dr Rumalie A. Corvera, Dr Yuen Kwok Kueng Bottom (left to right): Dr Akhileswaran Ramaswamy, Dr Shirlynn Ho, Dr Masanori Mori, A/Prof Cynthia Goh, Dr Ednin Hamzah, Mr Kwan Kam Fan Absent with apologies: A/Prof Ghauri Aggarwal, Dr Santosh Chaturvedi, Dr Jho Hyun Jung, Dr Dang Huy Quoc Thinh


Name Appointment Membership (Sector)
Assoc Prof Cynthia GOH Chairman Co-opted (Singapore)
Assoc Prof Ghauri AGGARWAL Vice-Chairman Co-opted (Australia)
Dr Ednin HAMZAH Vice-Chairman Co-opted (Malaysia)
Dr Masanori MORI Honorary Secretary Elected (Japan)
Dr Akhileswaran RAMASWAMY Assistant Honorary Secretary Co-opted (Singapore)
Mr KWAN Kam Fan Honorary Treasurer Elected (Hong Kong)
Dr Shirlynn HO Assistant Honorary Treasurer Elected (Singapore)
Dr YUEN Kwok Keung Member Appointed (Hong Kong)
Dr Theresa LAI Member Elected (Hong Kong)
Dr Sushma BHATNAGAR Member Co-opted (India)
Dr Santosh CHATURVEDI Member Appointed (India)
Dr Urip MURTEJO Member Appointed (Indonesia)
Prof Yoshiyuki KIZAWA Member Appointed (Japan)
Prof KWON So Hi Member Elected (Korea)
Dr JHO Hyun Jung Member Appointed (Korea)
Dr Mandy PARRIS-PIPER Member Elected (New Zealand)
Dr Rumalie CORVERA Member Co-opted (Philippines)
Dr Chun-Kai FANG Member Co-opted (Taiwan)
Prof WANG Ying Wei Member Elected (Taiwan)
Dr DANG Huy Quoc Thinh Member Appointed (Vietnam)

APHN-Hospis Malaysia: Workshop on Pain & Symptom Management

Dear Doctors & Nurses,


We are pleased to invite participants with an interest in the above topic in your organization to attend our forthcoming 3-days Palliative Care Workshop which would be conducted from 28 – 30 September 2019.

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 illness. It is extremely difficult to manage the psychological aspect and other issues if patients are in severe pain and experiencing other distressing symptoms.

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

This workshop is conducted in English and facilitated by renowned and experienced Palliative Care Consultant from Australia, Dr Ghauri Aggarwal, as well other local speakers. It focuses on small group settings and will be most beneficial to those working in a Palliative Care and Oncology setting.

A copy of the programme and registration form is attached here for your reference. Submission of registration can be made either online at our website: www.hospismalaysia.org or e-mailed to education@hospismalaysia.org or faxed to: 603 9133 3941. For further enquiries, kindly contact Ai Vee at telephone number 03-9133 3936 extension 207.


Thank you


Yours Sincerely,

Dr Ednin Hamzah

Chief Executive Officer, Hospis Malaysia

Khon Kaen International Conference in Palliative Care- 12 July 2019

To find out more, please visit: www.karunruk.com

Hospice Visits in Taiwan

MacKay Hospice and Palliative Care Center

On 22nd April 2019, we had the privilege of visiting two different hospices in Taipei. We started off the morning by heading over to MacKay Hospice and Palliative Care Center. The staff graciously brought us around and introduced the different aspects of their Hospice Palliative Care Center. From each room to the equipment to the paintings on the walls, every detail was specially curated for the palliative care patients.

Within the general area, the concept behind the layout was to give off a homely atmosphere so patients would feel more at ease.

Picture 1: This area resembles a living room space with comfortable couches for patients to gather, along with a piano and television for entertainment. On designated days during the week, various activities are held in that space to engage the patients.

Picture 2: The view from the living room space looks out towards the garden area where patients can take walks and enjoy the fresh air outside (Picture 3).

Nearby, there is a table where relatives and friends may leave their well wishes and words of encouragement for the patients to read.

This area has a skylight so patients have the option to sit below and enjoy the sunlight instead of going outside. The circular wall has been creatively painted with a carousel motif.

Along the hallway, there is a designated room for family meetings.

This outdoor area that leads to the fish pond is situated right outside the patient’s room which is accessible by the backdoor of their rooms. The patient can choose to draw the curtains so they can have a view of the pond.

They have an assisted bath for patients with challenging conditions. There is a vertical-raising, side-entry door that ensures easier access.

We were taken to another part of the hospital to have a look at the cancer ward area, where we saw a couple of rooms designated for their religious patients to have an area to pray.

One of their nurses even shared a story about how a particular series of artworks on their wall (see picture above) was painted by one of the patients.

Dah-Der Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation at Taipei Veterans General Hospital

We headed to Dah-Der Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation in the afternoon where we met Professor Chantal Co-Shi Chao, a nurse turned educator who introduced the concept of palliative care to Taiwan. She and two other nurses kindly took us on a tour of the palliative ward.

They also had an area that resembles a living room for the patients to gather.

The outdoor rooftop garden area outside the living room space is for both patients and their families to relax. In the rightmost picture, next to the table and chairs, there is a washing machine and dryer (not in the picture) for families to do their laundry.

One of the most unique aspects of the palliative ward was this particular room in the leftmost picture above. They had designated a large room with a single hospital bed and an altar in front of the bed. Some families conduct prayer rituals for their loved ones and this room allows them to have the privacy and space for such a situation. We were told that the altar had interchangeable sliding boards for the different religions, should they require it for prayers. The area in the picture on the right is for the family members to rest while attending to their loved ones after a long period of time.

Other interesting aspects of the palliative ward included a therapy dog, an aromatherapy game created especially for their patients and a mobile hair washing station for patients with difficulty in mobility.

We managed to take a look into an empty ward as well.

After visiting the two hospice services, I was touched by the people and the amount of effort and thought that was put into creating an environment tailored to palliative care patients. In palliative care, it is important to have the right person to carry out the right task at the right time. Both services have an interdisciplinary team within their unit and everyone that we had met spoke about their work with such sincerity.

We would sincerely like to thank the team at MacKay Hospice and Palliative Care Center and Dah-Der Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation for allowing us to get a glimpse into the hospice services in Taiwan and taking the time to bring us around while providing such in-depth explanations about their services.


Written by: Trudy Giam, APHN Executive

Edited by: Ms Djin Lai, APHN Volunteer Editor

Asia-Pacific Region on Advance Care Planning Consensus Taipei Forum- April 2019

Palliative care professionals greeting each other

From left to right: Dr Shao-Yi Cheng, Dr Tai-Yuan Chiu and Dr Ying-Wei Yang

Dr Shao-Yi Cheng delivering the opening remark and introductions

Reading through the 2019 Taipei Declaration on ACP

Group photo with everyone

Discussions about the recommended elements of ACP

International Outpatient Centre at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH)

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Written by: Trudy Giam, APHN Executive

Edited by: Ms Djin Lai, APHN Volunteer Editor

In the early afternoon of 19th April 2019, a group of people started to gather in a conference room at the Taiwan Medical Association in Taipei. That particular group of people were made up of palliative care professionals from six countries (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan) who had been graciously invited by our Taiwan delegates to update the status of Advance Care Planning (ACP) in their respective countries and to sign the Taipei Declaration on ACP.

As people started to stream in, the room was filled with a cacophony of voices. A series of friendly exchanges were made, many amongst those who had only seen each other via Skype meetings. Once everyone had settled down, the meeting began with a welcome message from the President of Taiwan Medical Association, Dr. Tai-Yuan Chiu. He emphasised that the importance of this meeting was an opportunity to conduct face-to-face discussions with fellow palliative care professionals on the Asian Delphi Taskforce on ACP.

Following, the representatives from each of the six countries gave insightful presentations on the current status of ACP in their countries. Each presented their country’s unique perception and approach to ACP in terms of implementation, education, research, and future perspectives. One of the noticeable differences between countries were educational opportunities. Japan has implemented many projects, such as seminars for healthcare professionals, clinical questions of ACP as part of clinical practice guidelines and developed a card game on end-of-life (EOL) for the general public. In contrast, Indonesia has yet to integrate ACP into the curricula of medical education and there has not been specific training available for healthcare professionals on ACP. However, despite the different rates at which each country was progressing, it was heartening to see the effort that each country had put in to improve the quality of ACP.

At the end of the meeting, the ACP taskforce representatives signed the 2019 Taipei Declaration on Advance Care Planning: A Cultural Adaptation of End of Life Care Discussion. It was a momentous occasion as it signified the culmination of the efforts of the task force members from the six countries. The declaration was tailored accordingly to the Asian cultural context and it is hoped that all National Medical Professional Associations develop a national policy of various roles and tasks on palliative care and advance care planning based on the recommendations in the declaration.

Note: The 2019 Taipei Declaration on Advance Care Planning: A Cultural Adaptation of End of Life Care Discussion was sent for review and has now been accepted by the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

The next day, the members of the Asian Delphi task force met at the National Taiwan University Children’s Hospital to further discuss the ongoing research collaboration. One of the task force members, Mr. Lin Cheng-Pei began with his presentation on “The preliminary result of systematic review on advance care planning in Taiwan”.  Next, the task force members launched into a discussion on the various recommended elements of ACP. Each element was carefully scrutinised and the members gave their opinions on how to improve the elements until they reached a consensus. After the discussion, everyone was taken on a tour of the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) and its International Outpatient Centre. Once the tour was over, everyone gathered to have lunch and the two-day forum concluded on a good note.

UICC Capacity Building Opportunities

Dear APHN members,

The call for applications to the UICC’s Young Leaders Programme is now open until the 16th June.

The Young Leaders programme is a year-long programme that commences at the 2019 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and concludes at the 2020 World Cancer Congress. It aims to introduce emerging cancer control professionals to global health policy discussions, influential networks, and other professional opportunities, to help them fulfil their leadership potential and increase their impact within their local and regional contexts.

Eligibility and selection criteria

UICC defines a Young Leader as someone who:

  • is up to and including 40 years of age at the application deadline
  • is an emerging cancer control professional with demonstrated impact in their network/organisation
  • is fluent in English (both spoken and written) for successful interaction at an international level
  • is a self-starter with proven experience in community engagement and mobilisation in their local setting
  • has the ambition to scale their impact on a regional and global level

Further information and application instructions can be found on the Young Leaders Programme webpage. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at education@uicc.org.


The UICC fellowship portfolio includes Technical Fellowships, Bourses pour l’Afrique francophone and the YY study grants

  • The Technical fellowships provide funding of up to 3,400 USD for one-month international visits for all cancer professionals working in public health, research or the clinic who have a Master’s degree or medical/nursing equivalent and who work in one of the many fields of cancer control including cancer prevention, cancer causes, cancer registries, analysis of cancer data, early detection, pathology, diagnosis, and prognosis, cancer treatment, patient support, survivorship and palliative care, health economics, universal health coverage and policy or national cancer control plans.
  • The aims of the programme are to share best practises, to forge long-lasting international collaborations and to gain hands-on experience from world-renowned mentors. The call for applications is open between January 31 and December 31.
  • The Bourses pour l’Afrique francophone is a sub-programme of the Technical fellowships (same eligibility conditions apply) that is dedicated to professionals working in francophone Africa who want to visit a Francophone country to gain new skills. It is in French and the call for application is open between January 31 and December 31.
  • The YY Study grants provide funding of up to 10,000 USD for three-month international collaborative projects for cancer researchers who are 2 years post PhD, there is one call per year.


Please visit the Fellowship website for more information on applying, or contact us on fellows@uicc.org


*Note: For APHN members please apply under APHN.

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: education@hospismalaysia.org 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