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 at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 6 – 8 September 2017, with the theme of ‘Connection with Community.’

The conference will attract the decision makers of today, the future leaders of tomorrow, policy influencers and those involved in the latest research and thinking about palliative care.

You will meet more than 800 clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and more who have a passion for palliative care. You’ll also be mixing with providers of palliative care, volunteers and consumers.

This program has been tailor-made for the industry. Our lineup will use their extensive field experience to both inform and inspire the audience. The 2017 conference will not only provide relevant data and facts from case studies, but also ideas for building a better future in palliative care.

All this exposure to learning is wrapped up in an enhanced networking program, capitalising on the finest epicurean experience possible – something Adelaide prides itself on.

Come join us, we are dying to see you.

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 17APCC Livestream

A video feed of selected sessions at the Australian Palliative Care Conference will be available on this page.
A number of plenary sessions will be streamed.
See schedule on the live page. 


Explore both pre-conference tours here



An extensive speaking list can be found here.


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Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the national peak body for palliative care. PCA represents all those who work towards high-quality palliative care for all Australians. Working closely with consumers, our member organisations and the palliative care workforce, we aim to improve access to palliative care. palliativecare.org.au


Latest conference updates



Pain management delivered in other languages is an important step forward in our multicultural society. https://t.co/0a4m4KCk0G @SBSNews

The phenomenon that occurs in the life of a grieving person approaching the anniversary of her greatest loss https://t.co/EA3y7IJvVM

Warm thanks to all who helped share the #17APCC news https://t.co/6CfpzmdOMR HT @mariemcinerney @Pall_Care_Aus @palliverse

Seven extraordinary performers in #palliative care acknowledged with national awards https://t.co/sAS68KJv5N

New tool to support urgent palliative care needs being met first @DrBethRussell #PalliativeMatters #17APCC https://t.co/GHxmQ4UnT3

PCA eNews  21 September 2017 - https://t.co/04aP4lj1G4

Video premiered at #17APCC by @healthgovau encourages people to talk to their loved ones about palliative care https://t.co/o06r2BFyJ9

In Sydney 17 Oct? Come along to screening of @HippocraticFilm to celebrate World Hospice & Palliative Care Day https://t.co/s1SybupLa3

We r looking 4 an aspiring RN who cud join us @ Concord PallCare Resrch.Exciting opprtunity 2 work in a range of ambitious trials @pa_ccsc https://t.co/wX5l2iVadk

Check out @Pall_Care_Aus discussion starters including one for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples https://t.co/9BkpQblvNq

@KenWyattMP @HealingOurWay @RichJWeston @Pall_Care_Aus @_PHAA_ @NACCHOAustralia @IAHA_National @CATSINaM @anmfbetterhands @TheRACP https://t.co/Y741HYecPG

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What would you choose? #17APCC

"Even within one palliative care service, referral is very dependent on the relationships. So there might be a good liver team or a good flow of referrals from an oncology team, but not from [departments with patients with] non-malignant disease, who may also have patients with a high level of suffering who are reliant on referral.” Dr Beth Russell.

“I think because I had limited contact with the elderly in a nursing home setting – only my great grandmother and grandfather – I found it quite intimidating because I didn’t know what to expect or anything about aged or palliative care.

It was an unknown world because it was very hard to relate to because we were at the start of our life and they were at the end of theirs”. Ariane Virgona.

Join us at the Sydney premiere of Hippocratic!

Dr Raj is a small man with a big dream: a pain-free India. His mission is to bring ethical practice to modern medicine through whole person care and universal access to essential, but heavily restricted, pain medicines.

Now, this spiritual leader of ethical medicine shares the story of his life’s work, reflecting on effecting change and relieving unnecessary human suffering in a country of 1.25 billion people, or one sixth of the world’s population.

"I have a jar of earth that I have collected from each place I have lived. It is the earth of my footprints, memory and spirituality. The earth is to be buried with me." Michelle Hooke, an Aboriginal woman who, as a registered nurse, has specialised in palliative care since 2002.

Alex Jadad's key message at #17APCC

“It’s great that now family members do not have to travel to Adelaide, they can stay in their familiar surroundings.” Danny Watson.

In memory of Connie, take her advice and talk to your loved ones about your end-of-life care wishes this weekend. http://dyingtotalk.org.au/discussion-starter/

“I’ve got lots of little things that we can do differently that will make a big difference. There are small things we can implement that are easy that can make our care even greater and not just in the community but in hospital as well.” Andrea Janes.