2020: A Year in Review

What a year 2020 has been.

Due to the pandemic, there was a huge shift to online learning to meet the exigencies of the pandemic and APHN was no exception. This year, we introduced a series of online activities as part of our COVID-19 response initiative:

Fireside Chat w/ A/Prof Cynthia Goh & Friends

This bi-weekly 1-hour session was hosted by A/Prof Cynthia Goh, Chair of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) and Senior Consultant at the National Cancer Centre Singapore, with special panelists from different regions invited each session to share their experiences. A total of six sessions were held…read more

Self-care Workshop Series

The pandemic has impacted healthcare workers physically and psychologically. This 1-hour session, specially curated by APHN’s psychosocial support volunteer group, facilitated by trained social workers, psychologists and volunteers trained in psychosocial support, provided an avenue for healthcare workers to release their negative emotions in a safe environment and to share confidential clinical problems faced in their work with fellow colleagues who are in similar shoes…read more

COVID-19 Care Packages

We launched our fundraising campaign to send care packages to palliative care organisations in the region as a morale booster during this difficult period. The care packages consisted of masks, snacks and various other items. Find out more about the campaign and where our care packages were sent to here.

The Year of the Virtual Classroom

Quarterly Webinar Series

Our webinar series continued on this year with four new speakers who spoke on four new interesting topics: Education Capacity in Asia Pacific, Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crisis, Communications and Emergencies in Palliative Care. Our latest webinar garnered over 700 participants…read more

CTC Case Discussions

What was meant to be face to face trainings in India were converted online virtual classroom teachings this year. The Clinical Case Discussion occurred three times a week after office hours so that the off-duty doctors and nurses could continue to attend- – Lien Collaborative work has flourished even during the pandemic…read more

Mandarin Hospice Summit

On 31 October 2020, the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) successfully held its first virtual Mandarin Hospice Summit! Organised by the Chinese Special Interest Group, with Dr Fang Chun-Kai as the Chair, the one-day virtual event was well attended by close to 300 participants from around the region…read more

Paediatric Palliative Care: Learning & Fellowship Forum

APHN’s Paediatric Palliative Care Special Interest Group piloted a new webinar series – The Palliative Care for Children Learning & Fellowship Forum…read more


A Thousand Cranes + Zoom into Poetry

APHN partnered with Sing Lit Station (a local non-profit organisation whose core mission is to grow the local literary community) to produce an anthology about life and death titled ‘A Thousand Cranes’. Our aim was to increase awareness for the concept of hospice and palliative care, and to facilitate thoughtful discourse surrounding this topic. We called for poem submissions from different sectors in the Asia Pacific region and received many wonderful poems, of which a selected number will be published in our anthology book. Visit our website to find out more!

In conjunction with this event, we hosted four ‘Zoom into Poetry‘ sessions to discuss featured poems on our website and share insights on poetry. A couple of sessions even featured the poets themselves!

World Hospice Palliative Care Day 2020

WHPCD 2020 was held on 10 Oct 2020 and this year’s theme was Palliative Care: it’s “My Care, My Comfort.” APHN joined in by hosting the following events: Run for Palliative Care, Ride for Palliative Care, Bake for Palliative Care and Bid for Art for Palliative Care. Participants joined the event by starting their own fundraising campaign and helped APHN raise funds…read more

We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have donated to our campaigns, thank you for helping to make a difference.

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Building up our volunteer engagement was an instrumental part of our 2020. Many passionate individuals with their own particular skillsets had signed up to volunteer with us for different volunteer opportunities. We are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and effort our volunteers have put into their tasks at hand.

Published on: 30 December, 2020 | Last modified: 30 April, 2021