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 over 800+ 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

Program Live: During National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May 2017)
Early-bird Close: Friday 30 June 2017


An extensive speaking list can be found here. Stay tuned for the Full Program announcement end of May for more speakers.

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Latest conference updates



Charter for children and young people affected by a life-limiting condition #NPCW17 @qldhealthnews @AnthonyHerbert9 https://t.co/a33KA3dyAg

Congratulations to the #pedpc team for launching this wonderful charter in #NPCW17 https://t.co/YOc54znr3M

GPs can now access practical advice to manage #palliativecare symptoms & improve patient quality of life. https://t.co/EC7nC45CGQ #npcw17

What challenges do people face living in a rural or remote area when in #palliative care https://t.co/zWms6nZmsA #agedcare

Launched today - new Palliative Charter for children and young people affected by a life-limiting condition https://t.co/oYaFnkxPkF

Wonderful to attend @DeebleInstitute EOL workshop. Great updates from sector. Lots of work to do #NPCW17

Thank you @_janefischer @Pall_Care_Aus for wrapping up today's @DeebleInstitute end-of-life care workshop during #NPCW17

During #NPCW17 we recognise the benefit of physiotherapy and rehabilitation during palliative care. @Pall_Care_Aus

Great to have Annie Dullow from @healthgovau wrap up our day with an update on Aust Gov initiatives around palliative care

More than 350,000 Aussies are cared for by #AgedCare services Their care matters palliative care
makes a difference #NCPW17 @Pall_Care_Aus

May 21-28 is National Palliative Care Week

Professor Meredith Makeham from @AuDigitalHealth explaining how advance care planning fits into the MyHealth record. #npcw17

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The amazing Jean Kittson tells us three things that are important to her. #NPCW17

Goodwin Aged Care Services in Canberra has made an extraordinary effort to ensure residents achieve the best possible care at the end of life.

Acknowledging that many residents want to die comfortable deaths without going to hospital, it piloted a new approach to providing specialist palliative care in-house. #NPCW17

Palliative Care Australia has surveyed more than 1000 people and found that while most people have clear expectations of how they would like to be cared for, few have prepared for it.

The survey found 83 per cent believed it important to put their wishes about end-of-life care in writing, but only 21 per cent had done so. Less than half of those surveyed had a will, only 19 per cent had power of attorney and only 7 per cent had an advance health directive or advance care plan. #NPCW17

Patron of Palliative Care Australia, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove hosted a morning tea to launch National Palliative Care Week. #NPCW17

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That evening, I started writing Karin’s eulogy. It began: “Four weeks ago, I was sitting with Karin on our sofa, watching a silly, forgettable American TV series. Karin was drinking lemon tea, and under her jumper moved a nameless girl, our little girl.” Tom Malmquist

“I still remember her clearly, she was a lovely lady. I was a second-year nurse and Maisie’s family tracked me down after she died to say thanks for what I had done for her. I didn’t do much, it was only small things, but they made a big difference.” Jenny McKenzie, palliative care nurse. #NPCW17

“We completely understand people might imagine that by considering palliative care hope is dashed. But the reality is palliative care is about ‘living’ and focuses on providing people with emotional and spiritual support, pain relief and comfort care enabling them and their family to be empowered to make the most of time remaining.” Palliative Care SA #NPCW17

During National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May) Palliative Care Australia is celebrating aged care services that go the extra mile to provide exceptional care for people at the end of life. In the lead-up, we asked one of the country’s most loved cooks, Maggie Beer, about the influence she is having in residential aged care through the Maggie Beer Foundation. #NPCW17

Round table talks held in Kempsey on Monday will determine the trajectory of palliative care on the Mid North Coast.

The conversation hopes to uncover gaps in the current palliative care model, prioritise areas that require improvement and suggest solutions to address any shortcomings.

Don't forget to tell us your favourite memory of a grandparent in the comments below for your chance to win a $50 Coles-Myer gift card! The winner will be announced on Sunday, May 21!

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