The biennial Australian Palliative Care Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia for anyone who is interested in quality palliative care at the end of life. Don’t miss out on your chance to attend this unrivalled personal development opportunity.

The conference will be held in Adelaide from 6 – 8 September 2017, with the theme Connection with Community.

The conference will attract decision makers of today, the future leaders of tomorrow, those who influence policy and the people involved in the latest research and thinking about palliative care. You will meet clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and others who have a passion for palliative care. You’ll also be mixing with providers of palliative care, volunteers and consumers.

Come join us, we are dying to see you.

Important Deadlines

Call for abstracts CLOSED Tuesday 18 April 2017
Author Notifications: End of May 2017
Program Live: During National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May 2017)
Early-bird Discounts Close: Friday 30 June 2017
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Major Partner National Palliative Care
Awards Partner
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Lest we forget.

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Palliative care needs to be an integral part of humanitarian disaster responses, according to eight international experts who have raised the issue in a prestigious medical journal this week.

“My sister is succumbing finally to the perils of cancer after a three decade long tussle and rather than rolling over, she’s going out blazing with an attempted world record for the longest line of coins, absurdly,” Samuel Johnson speaking about Love Your Sister's event on May 10. You can donate https://loveyoursister.ecwid.com/#!/Buy-metres-here/p/74835498/category=21505117

It goes well beyond science. What frustrates me is, as providers, we’ve lost our humanness and we cease to live when we forget about the human.

I was on a board of a larger health system and in four years of meetings I didn’t hear the word “patient” once. The system is an economic entity — we’re guaranteed payment if we do things to someone. It’s about numbers. It’s not about truth, it’s not about honesty, it’s not about quality.

Four weeks until National Palliative Care Week kicks off! Let us know what you're doing to celebrate so we can help promote it.

Next to her bed, Ms. Morano had hung photos of her parents and siblings — five sisters and three brothers — along with some religious images. Inside the drawer of her night table was a supermarket-aisle anti-aging cream that she had applied every evening before going to sleep.

When Richard Beard's brother drowned 39 years ago, his family rarely mentioned the incident. Now Beard has released a book entitled 'The Day That Went Missing', recapturing the day he lost his brother and finally releasing his grief.

There is a tragic experience that Dr John Endacott and his father both lived through as young children, a generation apart: the death of a parent. Dr Endacott, now a geriatrician, is a firm believer in death offering great opportunities for meaningful connection – which should be celebrated.

Dr Endacott established the End of Life Care Committee at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Among its many achievements is the design of a handover bag, which provides a sensitive and respectful option for returning possessions to family after a death.

’Grandma was asleep, they thought she was in a coma. I whispered in her ear ‘look who we have here’. She opened one eye and she saw Honey. I brought Honey to other side of the bed, and as soon as she saw her opened both eyes and she smiled.’’ Shantelle Brown, grand daughter.