Registration for the 3rd ICPCN Conference closes this evening

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if you have been thinking of registering for the 3rd ICPCN Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa at the end of this month, time is almost up. Organisers have added an extra 24 hours to the registration closing date, which will now close this evening at 6 p.m. South African time.

If you haven’t registered yet, here is a reminder of what you will be missing:


Conference speakers have been confirmed. You won’t want to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to be inspired and informed by the impressive line-up of invited plenary speakers at the conference. These include:

  • Dr Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau Adviser at the Dept. of Service Delivery and Safety at the WHO
  • Dr MR Rajagopal  2018 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder chairman of Pallium India
  • Sister Frances Dominica (OBE) Founder of Helen House, the very first children’s hospice 
  • Dr Satbir Jassal (MBE)  Chair and editor of the APPM Master Formulary and editor of the Rainbows Children’s Hospice Symptom Control Manual
  • Prof Danai Papadatou Professor of Clinical Psychology at the National Kapodistrian University in Athens
  • Kelly du Plessis CEO and Founder of Rare Diseases South Africa

Visit the conference website for information on all the invited speakers and to view the latest draft version of the conference programme


A full day of pre-conference workshops have been finalised for the conference and can be booked separately or along with your registration. These workshops draw on a pool of incredible expertise to bring you the most innovative ideas and allow you the chance to interact with presenters. These 7 workshops are as follows:

  1. Children’s Palliative Care in Humanitarian situations  A half day workshop presented by Joan Marston (PALCHASE) and Prof Danai Papadatou.
  2. Reaching out to develop a children’s palliative care programme A half day workshop presented by Paul Quilliam (Hummingbird House Australia) and Lynda Gould (Butterfly House in China)
  3. Perinatal Palliative Care A half day workshop presented by Dr Chakrapani Vasudevan, Dr Justin Baker and Dr Rut Kiman.
  4. Ethics in Children’s Palliative Care. A half day workshop presented by Dr Julia Ambler, Dr Delia Birtar and Dr Richard Hain.
  5. Difficult conversations in Children’s Palliative Care A half-day workshop presented by Tracey Brand, Dr Marianne Phillips and Dr Hanneke Brits.
  6. Research in Children’s Palliative Care A half day workshop presented by Prof Julia Downing, Jan Aldridge and Marie Friedel.
  7. Managing pain in Children’s Pallaitive Care from birth to young adulthood A full day workshop presented by Dr Sat Jassal, Dr Regina Okhuysen-Cawley, Dr Michelle Meiring, Dr Catherine Habershy and Dr Pat Carragher. 


The organisers have lined up a number of exciting events for delegates attending the 3rd ICPCN Conference. These include:

  • A Welcome Reception hosted by the city of Durban and held at the famous uShaka Marine World on the Durban beachfront. Speakers at this event include the city’s mayor, the conference chair and Sister Frances Dominica.
  • Film premiere  The conference will be host to the premiere showing of the life story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr M R Rajagopal in the film HIPPOCRATIC 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World 
  • A Gala Dinner which will take place at the stunning Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel. Delegates will be encouraged to wear traditional attire to this event.

Meet the expert sessions

The conference will hold a number of early morning 50 minute ‘meet the experts’ sessions where delegates can learn from the ‘best of the best’ and will be given the opportunity to ask questions and enter into important discussions on the topics being presented. These will include:

  • Managing complex symptoms  Drs Sat Jassal, Hanneke Brits and Regina Okhuysen-Cawley
  • Therapeutic Touch: 5 simple strokes to use each day  Marie Wrinn
  • Advocacy in Children’s Palliative Care Stephen Connor, Busi Nkosi and Kelly du Plessis
  • Psychosocial issues in Children’s Palliative Care Danai Papadato and Tracey Brand 
  • Architectural innovation for paediatric health design in resource constrained countries Edwina Fleming (South Africa) and Amruta Talawadekar (India)
  • Children’s Palliative Care in SADC countries Dr Michelle Meiring, Busi Nkosi and Chenjari Bhodeni


Registration for the conferences will close today, Monday 21 May at 18h:00 South African time.  

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