APHN Bursary for APHC 2017

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Dear APHN members

Greetings to you all!

The APHN will be offering 4 bursaries for members to attend the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Singapore on 26th April to 29th July 2017.

Each successful applicant will receive support of up to SGD 1,100 which is meant to help the cost of the conference registration, travel and accommodation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current individual member of APHN
  • Application is supported by 2 other APHN members
  • Must have an accepted abstract for the APHC
  • Must submit a report on the benefits of attendance within 3 months after attending APHC

Preference will be given to applicants who

    • Work in a palliative care service
    • Are from developing countries
    • Have not received sponsorship for attending regional and international palliative care conferences

Applications must be submitted online here by the application deadline 31 March 2017.

The successful applicant will be notified by email. The disbursement of monies by the APHN Secretariat will be on a reimbursement basis on receipt of original receipts and/or invoices.

LCPC-APHC-SHC Workshops 2017

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Dear colleagues

LCPC will be hosting two conference workshops during the APHC 2017 in July. Registrations are opened now!

33rd SHC-LCPC Postgraduate Course in Palliative Medicine

33 SHC-LCPCThe SHC-LCPC postgraduate course in palliative care is back this year!

Taking place on 26-28 April 2017, this 3-day foundation course is designed for doctors across all settings and covers basic principles and practices of palliative medicine. Read more about this course here. Registration opens today and will end 5 April 2017.

APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Palliative Care Nursing

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop


It is crucial that healthcare providers involved in palliative care services possess the necessary skill and knowledge to ensure that holistic patient-centred care is never compromised. Palliative nursing care kick starts our first module of our palliative care workshops every year.

This 2-day workshop addresses topics on patient assessment, wound management, use of syringe driver, communication and the entire spectrum of patient care which is vital towards ensuring patients receive the due care they need in their place of care.

For further information, please contact Wai Mun at 03 – 9133 3936 (ext: 267) or email  education@hospismalaysia.org

Communication – Paediatric Longitudinal Assessment of Needs (PLAN)

content%202%20-%20jul%20forum1From Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Newsletter

The Paediatric Longitudinal Assessment of Needs (PLAN) framework, designed and used by the team to facilitate interdisciplinary communication during meetings, was presented at the monthly SHC-LCPC multidisciplinary forum. Mr Desmond Tan, a medical social worker, and Ms Li Kejia Lily, a registered nurse, both are part of the multidisciplinary team at home based Star PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) programme at HCA.

There were five dimensions the team needed to assess.

  1. Physical and nursing care where diet and symptoms needed to be managed.
  2.  Practical and financial aspects such as the equipment loans and financial assistance.
  3. Spirituality for existential issues.
  4. Family and social aspects such as getting community and bereavement support.
  5. Handling grief, including negative emotions

Read the full article here.

Free palliative care online training helping people live well with chronic illness

From CareSearch Newsletter

Palliative Care has become widely recognised as one of the most vital disciplines in Australian health, with ageing population and increasingly effective medical treatments bringing about longer final care stages of life. AHHA’s (Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association) free Palliative Care Online training portal offers free online training in six modules to health professionals and carers-givers. The training provides those working in end-of-life and chronic disease care with a great opportunity to ensure their clients are kept as comfortable and happy as possible at the end-of-life.

The first four modules cover topics including a palliative approach to care, planning and assessment, providing care, and delivering a palliative approach for aged care in the community setting. Two new modules have been also been developed which delve into pain management and recognising deteriorating clients.

In addition to the six modules, the online training portal also houses a resource library and participant forum, as part of AHHA’s ongoing commitment to delivering state-of-the art training for those working in the health sector.

Read the full article here.

To access the free palliative care online training, click here.


Handling Death Anxiety in the care of patients receiving palliative care

From LCPC Newsletter

Dr Lee Geok Ling, Assistant Professor with Department of Social Work in NUS, was the speaker for the SHC-LCPC Multidisciplinary Forum on 30 August 2016. She is also registered with the Singapore Association of Social Workers and a certified member of thanatology.

Death anxiety (DA) is the state in which an individual experiences apprehension, worry or fear related to death & dying (Carpenito-Moyet, 2008, p. 39). The most common form of DA, also the least level, is fear of death. Not only does it affect the patients, it could affect their caregivers and healthcare providers.

It is predicted that older adults living in institutional settings, seriously ill or low in “ego integrity” have higher DA, whereas hospice patients who enjoyed social support are predicted to have low DA. The forum ended with Dr Lee stressing on the importance of assessing DA in individuals with psychological distress and behavioural problems. She concluded by reminding healthcare providers to assess their own DA when facing death, pain or suffering in their clinical practice.

Read the full article here.

APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Pain and Symptom Management

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop


Workshop facilitators:

Associate Professor Dr Ghauri Aggarwal, (Australia) 
Dr Jan Marie Davis (Australia)

One of the objectives of palliative care for patients and their families is to improve their quality of life (QOL). Ensuring good pain and symptoms control for patients with life-limiting illness will help achieve this objective. This three-day workshop deals with aspects of both pharmacological and psychological issues on pain and symptom management so that patients with life-limiting illness are given the opportunity to live out their days with meaning and with as little distress as possible.

Thus, successful pain control requires a multidisciplinary approach to treatment that addresses all aspects of care and suffering. As usual, our workshop concentrates on small group settings and will be most beneficial to healthcare providers working in a palliative or oncology setting, and other related specialties, with a general interest in palliative care.

Sign up for the workshop at this link now!

Award for Palliative Care Leadership Programmes – Institutions from all over the world are welcome to apply


Dear friends,

Please help to share!

The European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA), in collaboration with the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), has developed the award. They  are looking for leadership capacity-building programmes worldwide that are striving to develop palliative care at a time when it is needed most. These initiatives could take place in your hospice, hospital or other palliative care institution.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony during the 15th EAPC World Congress, Madrid 2017. A representative of the winning institution will receive registration, accommodation and travel costs to attend the conference and ceremony.

Click here to apply today!

Deadline for submissions: 15 November 2016

Palliative Nursing Leadership Course and International Conference for Cancer Nurses to be held in Hong Kong, September 2016

ICCN 2016

The International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN) 2016 will be held from September 4-7, 2016 at Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers in Hong Kong, China!

ICCN is the longest running international conference for our profession and offers a unique opportunity to meet with international cancer nursing leaders from around the world, in one place, at one time.

The theme for ICCN 2016 is ‘Embracing globalization through leadership and partnership in cancer care‘. Visit the conference website for more information today!

Palliative Nursing Leadership Course to Be Held In Hong Kong

A two-day palliative nursing leadership course is scheduled for September 2-3, 2016 in Hong Kong. This course will be held prior to the conference.  Palliative care nurses throughout Asia are encouraged to attend this course.  “While education is vital to improve palliative care worldwide, encouraging and teaching prospective nursing leaders in moving this care forward is critical,” stated Betty Ferrell, Principal Investigator of ELNEC.  “Nursing leaders are needed to not only promote excellent palliative care, but to sustain it, too.”  Further information, including registration, agenda, and FAQs can be found here.

APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Suffering and Hope


It is inevitable that despite the best of advanced medical interventions, most patients succumb to their life-limiting illness. The burden of suffering may cause despair to patients and their families.

This three (3) day workshop, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Hospice Pallaitive Care Network, addresses how to deal with issues of suffering as many may not know how to give hope when all curative treatment becomes futile. It is most suitable for doctors, senior clinicians, nurses, psychologists, counsellors and especially those involved in making crucial decisions when the transitions from cure, to prolonging survival and palliation becomes the aim of holistic patient-centred care.

Workshop facilitators:
Dr Sue Marsden, New Zealand, Palliative Care Consultant 
(with a background in radiation oncology)
Liese Groot-Alberts, New Zealand , Professional Grief Therapist

Sign up for the workshop at this link now!

APHN – Hospis Malaysia Palliative Care Workshop: Communication Skills

APHN-Hospis Malaysia Workshop

Dear Doctors, Nurses and fellow healthcare professionals,


We would like to invite participants to our 2-days Communication Workshop which will be conducted from 28 – 29 May 2016.

Of the critical skills required in palliative care, none is important than the ability to communicate effectively and without it, little else is possible. Unfortunately, it tends to be taken for granted and at the same time, it’s an area that is challenging educationally.

Effective communication skills is absolutely necessary in providing palliative care that is well planned and delivered through the collaborative efforts of many people including the patient, their care givers (family and friends) and service providers. It fosters trustful relationship as well as a healing experience for managing daily life.

Communication skills can be learnt and this workshop deals with the mechanics of communication that ranges from issues, techniques and practical sessions when dealing with patients with life-limiting illness and their families.

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

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

Registration for workshop can be made here.

Thank You.

Yours sincerely

Dr Ednin Hamzah