2021: Year in Review

2021 has been an eventful year for the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network: From launching new training programmes, to publishing a book, co-hosting our biennial conference, and much more!

Here are our highlights of the year:

Published a book of poetry: ‘to let the light in’

Together with our partners, Sing Lit Station, we launched our publication titled ‘to let the light in’ in July this year! This project was in the works since the end of 2019 and we are so excited to finally be able to share this book with everyone. ‘to let the light in’ is a collection of poems written by patients, caregivers, healthcare workers, and poets from across the Asia Pacific. With 111 poems featured in 11 languages (with English translations), it addresses one of humanity’s most universal experiences: the journey of life before death.

You can get yourself a copy of the book too! Find out how here.

Co-hosted a successful 14th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference

Our biennial Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference was slated to take place in Kobe, Japan this year. However, due to the global pandemic, the conference adopted a virtual format for the first time ever instead of the in-person equivalent on 13-14 November 2021. Read the conference report here.

Welcomed the 21st Council of APHN

We welcome our new council as well as a new Chair of APHN, Dr Ednin Hamzah! Find out who are your council members here.

Commencement of the China Training Programme

One could hardly imagine in the current backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, that a cross-border training programme could still be launched. Read about the greatest milestone of APHN’s engagement in China here.

Launched the Asia Pacific edition of ehospice

With this collaboration, we hope to bring stories and news from the Asia Pacific region to the rest of the world. Click here to read our edition and subscribe to ehospice.

Began the Asia Pacific Children’s Palliative Care Virtual Learning & Fellowship Forum

With the successful kick-off of the first webinar session held in December 2020, the Asia Pacific Children’s Palliative Care Virtual Learning & Fellowship Forum (CPC L&F) organised by the Paediatrics Palliative Care SIG continued into 2021 with more sessions and topics being explored. Read more here.

Continued success of the Quarterly Webinar Series

In 2021, the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network continued its Quarterly Webinar Series to discuss important palliative care topics with distinguished speakers from around the region. Read more here.

Sustained the Lien Collaborative CTC Palliative Care Case Discussion

APHN together with the Lien Collaborative faculty continued to conduct weekly online case discussion sessions for all the participants. Read more here.

Hosted a plethora of fundraising events

We are incredibly grateful to all who have supported us and to have you as part of our community. Thank you for making 2021 a great one! We look forward to your continued support in 2022!


Written by Ms Trudy Giam (APHN Executive)