APCC17 Features for learning and networking

The Australian Palliative Care Conference (APCC17) is far more than a conference and an exhibition. Over the years we have developed a whole series of social events, workshops and tours that enhance your APCC17 experience.

From industry starters, through to the top C-Level executives driving the industry’s agenda; tours hosting demonstrations, workshops, and poster presentations; book signings, Award functions and even the PCA 2017 Art Competition on show at our Big Screen!

There is something for everyone, whether clinical, technical, old or new – this is your chance to explore all that APCC17 has to offer across four days of ground-breaking insight and innovation for palliative care.


Sunday 3 September 2017 – FREE
For those taking advance of the wonderful Adelaide region in the lead up to APCC17, join us for a Die‑alogue Café with special guest Liese Groot-Alberts (New Zealand).

This event is hosted by Palliative Care South Australia.


Tuesday 5 September 2017 – 5pm – 7.30pm

We bet you’ll love our first official networking event for APCC17. Kick start with old and new friends over drinks and canapes while exploring the exhibition.

Take part in a ‘Death over drinks’ facilitated speed-networking activity, a perfect opportunity for first-timers or those who want to meet the who’s who.

Included in full/carer/student/volunteer registrations. Day or guests may purchase tickets, $60 per person.

Connection with Community

All three days – within the exhibition 

In line with Palliative Care Australia’s overarching goal of encouraging Australians to talk about what they want at the end-of-life, the theme of this year’s art competition is Connection with Community.

  • What do you want to happen at the end of your life?
  • Where might you be?
  • Who might you be with?
  • What items might you have with you?
  • Do it your way and share this with your community through art.

This year’s competition will be on display throughout the conference. Have you submitted your art piece?


Wednesday 6 September 2017 – FREE

Even on those mornings when you can barely drag yourself out of bed (we’ve been there), come to your mat—or simply the grass—for this sequence that anyone can do (no experience or toe-touching flexibility required!). Not only will this feel-good poses perk you up, but walk away feeling centered, focused, and ready to own the day.


Wednesday 6 September 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet leading scholars and professionals, buy their books, and have them signed!

This year come and meet three of our invited speakers,
Dr Leah Kaminsky, Molly Carlile AM and Professor Ken Hillmanbuy their books and get them signed.


Wednesday 6 September 2017, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Celebrating Flinders University’s 50th Anniversary in 2017, they’re hosting an Alumni networking event ‘Flinders University: Past, Present and Future!’ for students, alumni and associates. This is an invitation only event however expressions of interest may be made when you register for the conference.


Thursday 7 September 2017, 7:30am – 8:45am

$50 per person

The ever popular “Meet the Experts” – Breakfast is back! Seating capacity is limited and is on a first-come, first served basis. Please be sure to take advantage of this wonderful networking opportunity by signing up early.

Proudly Sponsored by Palliative Care South Australia


Dr Alex Jadad

Liese Groot Alberts

Dr Daryl Kroschel



Thursday 7 September 2017 – 7:00pm – 11:30pm (Pre-dinner drinks start 6:30pm)

The National Palliative Care Awards Gala Dinner celebrates the personalities and the organisations best demonstrating leadership, research, creativity and collaboration. This evening remains one of the most anticipated of the industry’s social calendar as delegates and guests enjoy a superb three-course dinner and world-class entertainment.

PCA has partnered with the National Doctors Home Service as Awards Partner for 2017. Whether you book a single ticket or a table, this event will impress!

Included in full/carer/student/ volunteer registrations. Day or guests may purchase tickets, $200 per person.

Group bookings? Speak to us about special rates for tables of 10.

Have you submitted your entry into the awards? Explore details at

‘til death’ Art Exhibition

Monday 4 – Wednesday 13 September 2017

Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre,
Level 3, Hawke Building, University of South Australia, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide – 3 min walk from the Conference – see map here. 

South Australian Margaret Ambridge is one of 82 artists who have entered Palliative Care Australia’s Life in Death art competition. She has worked in Palliative Care, Aged Care and Chronic Pain Management for the last 25 years. In conjunction with this year’s PCA national conference ‘Connection with communities’ Margaret’s exhibition ‘’til death’ explores the effects that the process of dying has on all who experience it.

Through the work Margaret creates a common ground that allows practitioners, patients and families to recognise their shared humanity; a space to explore emotions and feelings so often guarded or concealed with a shield of professionalism.

We encourage you to visit the Kerry Packer Gallery, Hawke Centre (across the road from the Adelaide Convention Centre) during your time at APCC17 and explore ‘til death’.