APHN Dialog Session #7: Sharing Experiences in Asia Pacific

This session of the APHN dialog is held as part of the celebrations of the World Hospice & Palliative Care Day 2017.

We will be inviting four organisations in the region to share about their experiences in providing palliative care. The online sharing session will be FREE to all members and friends of APHN.

Programme Outline
Part 1 : Li Ka Shing Foundation National Hospice Service Programme, China
Presenter: Dr FAN Xiao Ping – Hospice Unit of The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University

Part 2: HCA Hospice Care, Singapore (Home Care Association)
Presenter: Nursing Manager SIONG Meei jeng

Part 3: Rachel House, Indonesia (Children’s Hospice)
Presenter: Ms Kartika Kurniasari, CEO

Part 4: KOSISH the Hospice – India
Presenter: Dr Abhijit DAM, Medical Director


*Note: If you did not register, you may not be able to enter the online meeting room.

For enquiries, email us at aphn@aphn.org.

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APHN Dialog Session #6: Management of Total Pain

Welcome to the 6th Session of the APHN Dialogue!

In this session, Dr Raymond Woo from Hong Kong will be speaking on the topic of “Management of Total Pain”.

This webinar is FREE for all palliative care colleagues! Sign up NOW!

Please email aphn@aphn.org for enquiries.

SHC-LCPC August 2017 – Journeying with Persons with Dementia in a Hospice

For further information or enquiries, please email lcpc@duke-nus.edu.sg.

Palliative Care Workshop on Suffering and Hope

Workshop On Suffering & Hope: 4 – 6 August 2017

This three (3) day workshop, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative 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.

Please find here, the workshop program and registration form for those who are interested to attend. Registration submission can be made either online at our website: www.hospismalaysia.org or, emailed to: education@hospismalaysia.org or faxed to: 603 9133 3941. For further enquiries, please contact Wai Mun or Ira at telephone: 03 9133 3936 extension 267.

Standards & Quality of Care Indicators in Palliative Care Symposium

“In 2014, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to strengthen palliative care as a component of a country’s health care system. The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) / WHO Atlas in Palliative Care 2014, maps out national development in palliative care. In each country, patients, healthcare workers, governments, donors and other stakeholders are starting to enquire about standards of care and what indicators could be used to compare palliative care services.”

This meeting organised by Hospis Malaysia and in collaboration with the WHPCA, brings representatives from several regional and national palliative care organisations to discuss the various approaches taken to address the above topic.

Find out more on https://www.hospismalaysia.org/symposiumpc/.

For further information, please contact Wai Mun at +61-03-9133 3936 (ext: 267) or email education@hospismalaysia.org

APHN Bursary for APHC 2017

logo2Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network Bursary for Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2017

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.