Khon Kaen International Conference in Palliative Care- 12 July 2019

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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


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


*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: 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

Institut Kanser Negara


Institut Kanser Negara, MDC Seminar Room (Level 4)

4, Jalan P7, Presint 7, 62250 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya, 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.

 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

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:

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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