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 closes (no extensions): Tuesday 18 April 2017
Abstracts under review: Wednesday 19 April – Friday 5 May 2017
Authors notified of results: End of May 2017
Program Publicly Announced: During National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May 2017)
Presenting authors must be registered by: Monday 12 June 2017
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Major Partner Conference Sponsors National Palliative Care
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Keep up to date by reading the latest edition of PCA eNews 23 March 2017 - https://t.co/UZ2WDXhN8p #palliativecare

The unspoken illness: Cancer in Aboriginal communities. ABC #Lateline tonight (wed 22/3) via @abcbarbm https://t.co/hFJWmC30mm

The norm of 21st century health care should be care in the community @DrBastianSeidel at opening of @RACGP Canberra

#AMA today launching our revised Code of #Ethics, setting the standards Society and individual patients entitled to https://t.co/xykA9byPda

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Palliative care nurse Charlotte Coulson recognised for excellence in Aboriginal health #ClosetheGap https://t.co/fsEcqNV3WE

Showcasing Victoria's world-leading expertise in #dementia to #VIPMelb2017 international delegates at @AlzheimersAus


Keep up to date by reading the latest edition of PCA eNews 16 March 2017 - https://t.co/BjKn9nIJEF

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AMA Presidents from every state & territory meet the dedicated team at Winnunga Nimityjah health service #ClosetheGap

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"It is also said that you never really get over true grief. It's more a question of getting through it. There are ways of helping yourself do that. And there are ways of helping others." Bear Grylls

Patients need someone to talk frankly about death. We plan births for nine months, but talking about death always seems awkward and hard. One of the best things you can do for a patient who is nearing the end of their life is to give them opportunities to talk about their death and how they would like it to be. Christine Bushnell

“Everything Shevaun wanted and needed was put into place and the support was generated naturally from within the community,” Libby Moloney

Cancer is a leading cause of death among Indigenous Australians, but fear, stigma and shame mean it is rarely spoken about, says Barbara Miller

"She asked two things of me - she really wanted to be at home and that we manage her physical pain. With the help of the outreach service at Clare Holland House, we nursed her at home and she died at home, which was fantastic. It was just great to have that family experience with the kids and everyone there around her." Brendan Moran, who cared for his wife Angie who died in 2014.

Sue Pieters-Hawke spoke about the difference palliative care makes for people with dementia and other cognitive disabilities at the Compassionate Communities Symposium.

“The death of one partner before the other—is inevitable, and the subject is maybe a bit taboo. No one likes to talk about it, but it happens.” - Erik Simander

"Importantly, the event gave our community the opportunity to see a very real need and then to do something about it - together,” Greg Molyneux

"We set up a room for her with candles, picked out favourite clothes, the kids [Maggie, 12, and Ruby, 9] did her hair and her nails, and it was just so beautiful," Brent Fairns.

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