The conference started at 09.30 AM at NIMHANS convention centre, Bangalore with an opening ceremony. Dr S. N. Simha, president of the IAPC, Dr. Anil Paleri, Secretary of the IAPC and members of the organizing committee welcomed the delegates.
The 1st plenary started after the opening ceremony in Hall A. Dr. Stephen R. Connor presented the topic: Ten Most Important Developments, which was followed by a lively discussion.
The official inaugural ceremony will be held later in the evening at 6pm. Mr Hans Raj Bhardwaj, governor of Karnataka, will inaugurate the conference. Mr S. A Ramdas, Minister for Medical Education, Government of Karnataka will also participate.
Two pre-conference workshops took place on 7 February at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (KMIO), Bangalore. as part of the conference. The topics of the conferences were: Palliative Care Nursing, and Paediatric Palliative Care.
Workshop for Nurses in Palliative Care
The workshop for nurses aimed to improve the skills of nurses in palliative care. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr M. Vijaya Kumar, Director, KMIO. Dr Saraswathidevi, Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology was present at the inaugural ceremony.
Topics of the workshop were as follows:
- Scope and Principles of palliative care
- principle of assessment of symptoms
- pain patho-physiology and management
- wound care
- oral care
- genitor-urinary care
- communication skills.
There was also a demonstration of Lymphoedema care and stoma care.
Workshop on Paediatric Palliative Care
This workshop covered various problems of the child and the family.
Topics covered include:
- Scope and need of paediatric palliative care (general concepts and Indian scenario)
- evaluation and management of pain in children with life limiting illness
- addressing distressing symptoms
- the child and the family
- communication problems with the child.
Congratulations to all involved in the organization of this exciting conference!