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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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



How can we make a difference in #palliativecare in the developing world? Dr Raj says #time #mentoring @HippocraticFilm @Pall_Care_Aus

Q&A with Mike and Dr Raj and @PCACEO @HippocraticFilm @Pall_Care_Aus

Dr Raj outlining the challenges he faces in delivering palliative care in India with low access to medication but strength in communities


Dr Raj addressing the audience at @PallCareNSW & @Pall_Care_Aus event to watch Hippocratic film. Find out more here https://t.co/LNeRsSp32N

Ready to kick off the screening of @HippocraticFilm in Sydney

“Dying to Talk” Parliamentary Soapbox @Pall_Care_Aus @NRHAlliance @RoyalFlyingDoc @ParliamentHouse @LiberalAus

PCA Media Release: @GregHuntMP announces $5.5 million over three years for Palliative Care Australia https://t.co/7SLSaz79yM

Wonderful to have such a passionate group of people to promote palliative care in the bush

Man was able to remain at home until week before death, then supported in Broken Hill Hospital to say goodbye to family.

Man’s priorities were to stay on the station to manage drought, not to worry about health care.

Sarah says Skype and phones kept her and the palliative care team in contact with gentleman with MND, living 5 hours drive from Broken Hill

John and Sarah Wenham, doctors from Broken Hill, sharing their experiences in caring for people at the end of life.

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"When it was time, we brought the bed into the lounge room because I said I want people to continue to be around him; school work, homework, visitors, TV… that’s how it’s going to be. He’s going to be part of this. This is a part of life. It’s just a natural process for us." Kylie, who cared for her husband Bernard who died at home. #carers2017

It's National Carers Week, so we'll be sharing some of our most popular stories about caring for loved ones at the end of life.

Today, read about Lorna's experience of caring for her son Sam, who died from bowel cancer in 2009. #carers2017

Another Hospice celebrating #WHPCD

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Wonderful to see Australian hospices celebrating World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

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“In India, less than five out of every hundred people would have their pain managed after surgery. The same holds true for cancer pain also. It is estimated less than 5% of people have their pain managed. Living with cancer, the misery can be unimaginable when there is not access to pain relief.”

Dr MR Rajagopal, who is in Australia on a speaking tour for Hippocratic and World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

“There are a lot of people who are bereaved parents and brothers and sisters and grandparents who are probably struggling and don’t know where to turn. If they knew of us, they could then make a decision; ‘Will I give them a call or not?’. I want them to know about us and so they’ve got that choice.” Compassionate Friends CEO, John Sedunary.

Eastern Palliative Care (EPC) in Victoria has developed the client-centred Wound Assessment Tool for specialist palliative care to increase staff knowledge and practices and better meet the psycho-social needs of patients and their carers.

"Not everybody at the end of life is depressed and you wouldn’t want to make a diagnosis that isn’t there. Equally, there is still a large stigma in our society associated with being diagnosed with a mental illness, and another challenge is that the treatments are not necessarily simple." Professor Greg Crawford #worldmentalhealthday