Meet Your New Chair: A/Prof Ghauri Aggarwal

What is your vision for the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network during your tenure as Chair?

I’m honoured to take on this role as Chair of APHN. An organisation that has, great significance in the region by providing networking opportunities, education, training and advocacy; which has empowered and strengthened the regional development of Palliative Care. In light of this, I wish to continue the work of previous pioneers who have remarkedly provided the foundation for APHN. Utilising my strengths in education/training, research/quality improvement and leadership, I hope to continue this work. I believe that there is diversity in our region, not only in culture, language and geography, but also in health care needs. The networking connections established through APHN can help to further address the unique needs of palliative care development in our region by incorporating education, research and advocacy as tools. It is an opportunity in unifying and enhancing sectors/countries as they develop their palliative care programs. I believe strongly that APHN, is still very relevant to our region and ultimately to the people of our region who are in need for optimal care and attention.

What has been your most memorable travel experience, either related to your work in palliative care or for leisure?

The Lien Collaborative Program has provided me with diverse explorations of our region and satisfied my need to mix work with pleasure. So, my journey with respect to this has taken me to the Orangutans of Sarawak, the Proboscis monkeys of Sabah, my heritage Motherland of Sri Lanka, the culinary experiences of Gifu, Japan, the K-pop of Korea and many locations through India. Bringing me always back to my first home in Malaysia where my work in international education began. The excitement, however, anywhere has always been in meeting the people of these lands and celebrating what we have in common: humanity and Palliative Care.

My heart will also, always look to my holidays in Tuscany, Viena, Prague and Spain where the cultural mix of architecture, classical music, Aperol Spritz and the foods of the land provide the experiential romance of Europe. The Global perspective!

What advice or words of encouragement would you give to palliative care professionals who are considering taking on leadership roles within the field?

Make a jump, take the risk and explore the thrill of your professional passions: by doing so, you push yourself to unmask your potential and have a chance to make a huge difference in Palliative Care. For, in our region there are so many opportunities to be impactful, to help those whom need us the most. Trust in yourself, learn new skills, and strive to improve oneself, in order to lead wisely and effectively. Build your networks and use APHN to assist you in this work. It is a richly rewarding experience.

Is there a message or specific words of inspiration you would like to share with the members of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network as you begin your tenure as Chair?

Be humble, dream, inspire, reach out, network, lead and enjoy the friendships that are created in doing this brilliant work. Come and join us together in APHN!

Published on: 1 July, 2024 | Last modified: 15 July, 2024