The conference is hosted by the Thai Society for Palliative Care and will take place over the next three days at the Bangkok Convention Centre.
The theme of the conference is: ‘Integration and harmony of wisdom’ and speaks to the way that these values, so important in Asian contexts, can improve the provision of hospice care, both across the Asia Pacific region and worldwide.
Dr Jim Cleary, head of the Pain and Policy Studies Group at the University of Wisconsin, will give the opening plenary.
Symposia and workshops will be run by international speakers who bring a wide range of skills to the event. Topics include:
- Standard and practice in palliative care
- Palliative care nursing
- Community palliative care
- Special populations in palliative care
- Culture and spirituality
- Research in palliative care
- Pain management
- Communication challenges
- Challenges in symptom control
- Palliative care education
- Service development
- Essential skills in dealing with children
- Ethics and law, and
- Advocacy in palliative care.
‘After Cicely,’ a documentary film about Asian women pioneers in palliative care, will be screened on day one and two of the conference.
Plenaries with topics like: ‘Fukushima: Finding strength and meaning’, and ‘Helping children cope after the Asia Tsunami’ will explore the way in which palliative care in the Asia Pacific region has helped in the response to humanitarian crises, as well as dealing with the ongoing health inplications of such events.
The conference will end with plenaries by Dr Cynthia Goh, Dr Stephen Connor and Dr Sue Marsden, around the theme: Growing palliative care in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Marden will speak about palliative care in the Pacific Islands, Dr Connor will give a global perspective on palliative care, and Dr Goh will look to the future with a talk on new frontiers for the Aisa-Pacific region.
Look out for coverage of the conference on ehospice.
Find out more about the conference on the APHC 2013 website.