To promote access to quality hospice and palliative care for all in the Asia Pacific region.
To be an effective network in Asia Pacific that promotes and supports the alleviation of pain and suffering from life-limiting illnesses.
Reach out to more communities in need of palliative care. Build sustainable capabilities for service development, advocacy, education and research.
The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) is dedicated to promoting hospice and palliative care in Asia and the Pacific. Our purpose is to empower and support organisations and individuals committed to alleviating suffering from life-threatening illness.
The Network promotes education and skills development, enhances awareness and communication, and fosters research and collaboration. We encourage established programmes to assist less experienced and more isolated colleagues.
A stalk and a head of green rice grains bent into a circle.
Rice is the staple grain in the region. There are many grains coming from this one green stalk, just as there are many hospice and palliative care programs emerging in Asia and the Pacific.
The grains are green rather than gold. This is the colour of vitality and growth. But in the future the grains will ripen to become seed for new growth and development.
The circle represents the cycle of life. The circle is broken just as the lives of our palliative care patients are broken.
- We respect every individual, regardless of sex, age, race, intellectual or socio-economic standing.
- We value every moment of life and will not support any action that has the intention of shortening a person’s life.
- We recognise that the individual and the family are entitled to make informed decisions about care.
- We respect the confidentiality of all information arising out of the provision of care. - We believe in the empowerment of the individual, the family and the community.
- We respect the faith, belief system and culture of each individual. - We respect the rule of law and will work within the law of each country.
- To facilitate the development of hospice and palliative care programs (both service providers and umbrella bodies) and other relevant initiatives.
- To promote professional and public education in palliative care.
- To enhance communication and dissemination of information.
- To foster research and collaborative activities.
- To encourage co-operation with local, regional and international professional and public organisations.
The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) is the realisation of the vision and generosity of Dr Shigeaki Hinohara, Chairman of the Life Planning Centre in Tokyo.
The APHN evolved over a series of meetings from March 1995 until May 2001. The first of these was hosted in Japan by the Life Planning Centre at the invitation of Dr Hinohara. Delegates involved in palliative care programmes were invited from Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan. The aim of this forum was to provide an opportunity to share experiences, frustrations, knowledge and concerns for the future.
Some of these concerns included the need to gain medical and public acceptance for the concept of a hospice, problems related to the availability of appropriate analgesic drugs, and issues relating to funding of services. More specific issues included the need for culturally relevant education and the maintenance of voluntary and community involvement in the implementation of hospice programmes.
Delegates expressed a sense of isolation and agreed that, if better communication could be established within the region, they could do much to help each other by sharing educational resources and offering support. The concept of the Network was born from these discussions.
The second APHN meeting was held in Japan in February 1997. In addition to delegates from the eight original countries, delegates from Korea and the Philippines were included. Later that year in November, the third meeting was held in Hong Kong. Discussions now took place as to whether the organisation should be formalised. It was suggested that issues such as establishing a constitution, registration and funding for the new organisation should be raised at the third meeting. The fourth meeting of the APHN was held in Japan in October 1998. Delegates attended from 13 countries. Thailand, Vietnam and India were invited for the first time. Discussions centred on the need for APHN to be a legally registered organisation with a secretariat. After three days of discussion it was agreed that a pro tem committee is established and that Dr Rosalie Shaw is invited to take up the position of Executive Director from May 1999.
Decision To Register The Organisation
Thirteen delegates attended the fifth meeting of the APHN in Hong Kong in May 1999 prior to the Third Asia Pacific Hospice Conference. At this meeting, it was decided that the name of the organisation would be the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network but that APHN would continue to be used as the abbreviated form.
At that time, organisations in Singapore (the Singapore Hospice Council and the National Cancer Centre), Japan (Life Planning Centre), Hong Kong (Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care Ltd) and Taiwan (Hospice Foundation of Taiwan) committed generous donations to allow the APHN to be established.
In May 1999 the Secretariat was set up in Singapore in the Department of Palliative Medicine at the National Cancer Centre and work proceeded on drawing up the Constitution. The pro tem committee met again in Singapore in October 2000 prior to the APHN being registered with the Registrar of Societies in Singapore in March 1, 2001.
Inaugural General Meeting
The first Annual General Meeting was held in Taipei on May 1, 2001, just before the Fourth Asia Pacific Hospice Conference. At that meeting, the First Council of 20 members was appointed with Professor Tetsuo Kashiwagi as the Inaugural Chairman. Dr Shigeaki Hinohara was invited to be the Patron of the APHN. There were fourteen Founding Sectors of the APHN: Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. A Sector is a geographic region which may include one or more countries or part of a country. More Sectors will be invited to join the APHN in the future as hospice services are established in other countries.
Lien Collaboration for Palliative Care started in Bhutan
Lien Collaboration for Palliative Care started in Bangladesh in India
Lien Collaboration for Palliative Care started in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka
Taiwan Training and Empowerment Programme for Mandarin-Speaking Hospice Palliative Care Professionals
APHN Diploma / Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care, Flinders University
APHN Palliative Care Foundation Workshops in Kuala Lumpur
First Annual General Meeting in Taipei
APHN legally registered in Singapore
APHN Secretariat set up in National Cancer Centre Singapore; Dr Rosalie Shaw as Executive Director
Formation of a legally registered body discussed in Hong Kong First APHN Directory published
2nd Meeting of Network members in Tokyo APHN formed
2nd Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Singapore Resolved to have regular regional conferences
Dr Shigeaki Hinohara’s invitation to meet in Tokyo
1st Asia Pacific Hospice Conference in Singapore
Although APHN is registered as a charity in Singapore, it is a regional organisation with representation on the APHN Council from Sectors* in the region. The Founding Sectors of APHN are Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
* A Sector is a geographic region that may include one or more countries or part of a country.
The APHN has a complex structure that allows for both individuals and organisations to be involved in the organisation. Only Ordinary Organisational Members have voting rights. Council Members and representatives of Organisational Members must be Individual Members. This ensures the commitment of those involved in the business of the APHN.
The APHN has a governing Council of 20 members. Seven of these are appointed from sectors on a rotating basis, seven are elected and six are co-opted. All members have a two-year term. The first Annual General Meeting was held in Taiwan in 2001.
|19th Council||Surabaya, Indonesia||August 2019 - July 2020|
|18th Council||Sydney, Australia||September 2018 - August 2019|
|17th Council||Singapore, Singapore||July 2017 – 2018|
|16th Council||Hue, Vietnam||August 2016 – July 2017|
|15th Council||Taipei, Taiwan||May 2015 – August 2016|
|14th Council||Hong Kong, China||June 2014 – May 2015|
|13th Council||Bangkok, Thailand||October 2013 – June 2014|
|12th Council||Yogyakarta, Indonesia||September 2012 – October 2013|
|11th Council||Penang, Malaysia||July 2011 – September 2012|
|10th Council||Gifu, Japan||August 2010 – July 2011|
|9th Council||Perth, Australia||September 2009 – August 2010|
|8th Council||Hanoi, Vietnam||September 2008 – Sep 2009|
|7th Council||Manila, Philippines||September 2007 – Sep 2008|
|6th Council||Hat Yai, Thailand||March 2006 – September 2007|
|5th Council||Seoul, Korea||March 2005 – March 2006|
|4th Council||Taipei, Taiwan||June 2004 – March 2005|
|3rd Council||Osaka, Japan||March 2003 – June 2004|
|2nd Council||Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia||May 2002 – March 2003|
|1st Council||Taipei, Taiwan||May 2001 – May 2002|
Amendments to the Constitution was passed at the 13th Annual General Meeting held in Bangkok on 11 October 2013. These amendments were approved by the Registrar of Societies. To download a printable version of the lastest Constitution, please click here.
- Place of Business
- Values and Objects
- Membership Rights and Privileges
- Cessation of Membership
- Entrance Fees, Subscriptions and Other Dues
- Supreme Authority and General Meetings
- Proceedings at General Meetings
- Duties and Powers of the Council
- Proceedings of Council
- Duties of Council Members
- Endowment Fund
- Trust Property and Trustees
- Amendments to Constitution