The Big Debate “Is Euthanasia Part of Children’s Palliative Care?”

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Are you thinking of registering for the 2nd ICPCN Conference, Children’s Palliative Care – NOW! to take place from 18 – 21 May 2016 in the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires? Places are filling up and time is running out, so don’t delay.

An excellent line-up of plenary speakers, an abstract-driven programme and a full day of excellent workshops are all on offer at this the second conference of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN). The first conference, held in Mumbai, India in February 2014, proved to be an unforgettable experience, with delegates from around the world sharing good practice and enjoying the opportunity to learn from one another and to network. 

The Big Debate
Ensuing from this first ICPCN conference was The Mumbai Declaration that states that euthanasia is not part of children’s palliative care and is not an alternative to palliative care and calls on all governments to transform children’s lives through the development of children’s palliative care. 
We will be revisiting this declaration and topic on Day 2 of the conference in Buenos Aires which will begin with The Big Debate: Is Euthanasia Part of Children’s Palliative Care? 

Speaking for the motion will be Dr Eduard Verhagen, a paediatrician from The Netherlands experienced in neonatology intensive care and with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of paediatric, bioethical, legal and palliative care issues. Speaking against the motion will be Dr Richard Hain, Consultant and Lead Clinician in Paediatric Palliative Medicine and Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales. This stimulating session will be chaired by Prof Julia Downing (Scientific Chair of the conference) and an Argentine lawyer, Maria Susana Ciruzzi. 

Plenary sessions
Other plenary sessions include a look at why we need a Human Rights Perspective in palliative care (Diedrich Lohman, Human Rights Watch); Managing Neuropathic Pain (Dr Stefan Friedrichsdorf); Perinatal Palliative care (Alex Mancini) and Genetics and its implications for palliative care (Dr Victor Penchaszadeh). Provision has been made for all plenary sessions to be conducted with simultaneous translations from English to Spanish and vice versa.  

A full day of excellent workshops on 18 May can be added to your conference experience at the cost of US$50 for the day. These workshops include:

  1. Principles of Children’s Palliative Care (Spanish) Presented by: Hernan Garcia (Argentina), Karina Gomez (Argentina), Dr Natalie Rodriguez Zamora (Chile) and Elena Bernada (Argentina)  
  2. Developing CPC programmes in low resource settings (English) Presented by: Lyn Gould (UK/China), Dr Pradnya Talawadekar (India) and Anna Gorchakova (Belarus)         
  3. Ethics in decision making (English) Dr Richard Hain (UK), Dr María Susana Ciruzzi (Argentina), Fr. Rick Bauer (USA) and Dr Yuriko Nakashima (Mexico) 
  4. Less recognised aspects of children’s palliative care (Spanish) Presented by: Lara Doumic (Argentina), Claudia Liniado (Argentina), Felipe Acosta (Argentina) and Eduardo Lagomarsino (Argentina) 
  5. Palliative care for adolescents (English & Spanish with simultaneous translation) Presented by: Dr Marianne Phillips (Australia), Dr Teresa Mendez (Argentina), and Dr Eulalia Lascar (Argentina)
  6. Workshop on pain management (English with Spanish translation) Presented by Dr Stefan Friedrichsdorf (USA), Dr Ross Drake (NZ), Dr Alison Twycross (UK) and Dr Veronica Dussel (Argentina)

And, should you wish to prepare yourself fully for this ‘trip of a lifetime’, you can read a number of lighthearted but most informative articles written by Colette Marston – who has been living in Buenos Aires for the past 2 years – on where to stay, what to see, where and what to eat and how to get by with some vital Spanish words and phrases. These articles can be found on the conference website. 

If this short summary of some of the sessions on offer has peaked your interest, you can find out more from the conference website or send an email to Sue Boucher on

Click here to register for what promises to be the most stimulating children’s palliative care conference ever!

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