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


Rachel House- Jakarta, Indonesia

Patient playing with a Rachel House nurse

There are close to 700,000 seriously-ill children in Indonesia. However, right now less than one percent of these children have access to pain relief or palliative care. At Rachel House, we have pioneered palliative care in Indonesia for these seriously-ill children from marginalised communities since 2006. We are driven by the vision that no child should ever have to live or die in pain, and that everyone is entitled to palliative care regardless of income, illness or education.

Patient is playing with a Community Network Palliative Care volunteer

We provide home-based palliative care services across Greater Jakarta to seriously-ill children with Cancer and HIV AIDS, free of charge. This allows the children to live pain-free and in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by family and friends. In addition, we educate and equip medical professionals and empower local communities (overwhelmingly women) with palliative care skills, as well as knowledge to provide care for those in need.

A Rachel House nurse on a home care visit to a patient

Our Clinic-In-A-Box program is Indonesia’s premier palliative care education program for nurses and allied health professionals, with world-leaders in palliative care designing and delivering the program.

We are working to build the palliative care ecosystem across Indonesia to make a sustainable change to the country’s healthcare system – and we welcome any partners International or National to join us on this journey.


To find out more, please visit:

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

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.

3rd Conference of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network

The 3rd Conference of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network will be held from 30 May to 2 June 2018 in Durban, South Africa.

Quoting conference chair Prof Julia Downing “There have been many developments in children’s palliative care over the past few years, some of us have been working in the field for many years, others are just starting out and we hope that this conference will be for all of you. It will be a great opportunity to learn from each other and to meet old friends and make new friends. Durban has never before been host to these many ‘greats’ in the world of children’s palliative care and it is hoped that many of you will take the opportunity to attend the conference.”

More details on the conference and registration can be found at


Applications Open – 2018 International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2018 International Development and Education Award (IDEA) & IDEA in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC)

The IDEA program is designed to provide continuing medical education, assist in career development, and help establish strong relationships with leading ASCO members who serve as scientific mentors to each recipient.

Modeled after the IDEA program, IDEA in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) is designed to provide support to early-career oncologists from low- and middle-income countries who are interested in palliative medicine.


These awards provide early-career oncologists from low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to continue their medical education by:

  • Attending the ASCO Annual Meeting
  • Being paired with a mentor from the United States or Canada
  • Spending additional time at their mentor’s cancer center
  • Benefiting from a three year complimentary ASCO membership

Completed Applications Due:  October 31, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the IDEA or IDEA-PC, eligible applicants with less than 10 years of experience in the field of oncology must complete an application that includes a 250-word essay, a letter of recommendation, and a CV. Strongest consideration will be given to candidates who submit an abstract for the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting. Awardees must be a member of ASCO or submit a membership application when they apply for either award.

Only online applications will be accepted. All application materials must be submitted in English. Complete details about the application and selection process, award terms, and eligibility requirements are available at CONQUER.ORG/IDEA.   

IDEA applications are due October 31, 2017.

Questions? Feel free to contact the ASCO International Affairs Department at +1-571-483-1501 or via e-mail at

Singapore Statement

The Singapore Statement was issued at the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference held in Singapore from 26th – 29th July.

Photo Credit: HPM Global

Singapore Statement

We participants of the 12th International Conference of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network on 28 July 2017 in Singapore,

  • finding that there is a huge burden of unrelieved suffering associated with life limiting illnesses in the region,
  • viewing with concern that less than 10% of those in need have access to pain relief and palliative care globally, and
  • aware of the World Health Assembly resolution of 2014[1] which calls on all member countries’ health systems to integrate evidence-based, cost effective and equitable palliative care services in the continuum of care, community and home based care and universal coverage schemes,

request member states in the region to ensure:

  • adequate funding and effective implementation of national palliative care strategies to implement palliative care in the region,
  • the inclusion of palliative care in non-communicable diseases control programs and in HIV and TB control programs,
  • inclusion of palliative care education in basic education for all health professionals, and
  • improving access to palliative care for children and young people.

[1] Reference: World Health Organisation. World Health Assembly WHA 67.19 Agenda Item 15.5. Strengthening of palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course. Available at

Pushing Up Daisies

Pushing Up Daisies, also a euphemism for being dead, is a lively week-long festival held yearly in the town of Todmorden. Started by three ladies who wanted to encourage their community to be comfortable in having end-of-life conversations, it resulted in an annual event where exhibitions, workshops, performances are held to create opportunities for people to think about, plan and talk about death.

Read more on Pushing Up Daisies here.

Watch the video by the Lien Foundation on Pushing Up Daisies here.


Are you inspired to start our own series of events? Please remember to credit “Pushing Up Daisies” if you used any of their ideas. Don’t forget to add your event to the list for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2017. Email us at to let us know what activities you will be having to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care.