Welcome to the 14th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference 2021 in Kobe
It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 14th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference (APHC) at the Kobe International Exhibition Hall from November 10 through 13, 2021. The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference (APHC) 2021 Organizing Committee has been established in collaboration with major Japanese organizations related to hospice and palliative care, including Hospice Palliative Care Japan, the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine, and the Japanese Association for Clinical Research on Death.
Since 1996, APHC has been held every two years in the Asia Pacific region and has become a valuable opportunity for academic presentations and exchanges regarding hospice and palliative care. We are planning lectures and symposia with invited palliative care experts from European countries (e.g., United Kingdom), the United States, Canada, and South Africa, as well as from the Asia Pacific region. In addition, we are preparing various programs, such as oral and poster presentations of submitted work, and visits to hospice and inpatient palliative care units.
This Conference will be held in close cooperation with the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN), which was established at the request of the late Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara. APHN is an academic organization of hospice and palliative care that represents the Asia Pacific region. Currently, it has more than 1,500 members and organizations from over 35 countries and regions, holds APHC every two years, shares useful information in the home page and newsletter, and facilitates research collaboration.
In this era of increasing collaboration and exchange among Japan and the Asia Pacific regions, we have set the Conference theme: "Building Bridges: Hospice Palliative Care Beyond Borders." In many Asian countries and regions, access to palliative care remains insufficient, and the distress of many people has not been fully addressed. Health care providers in many Asian countries and regions suffer limited access to palliative care knowledge, quality education, and opportunities to interact with experts in palliative care.
Recent years have seen prevailing claims of prioritizing the national or regional interests over international cooperation, resulting in the fragmentation of countries or regions and difficulty in addressing global issues appropriately. Under such circumstances, we hope to build bridges to help spread quality hospice and palliative care throughout this region by providing opportunities for health care providers who are interested in hospice and palliative care to present and learn new findings and exchange innovative ideas among participants. The Organizing Committee will provide travel grants to promote and support the participation of health care providers from low-income and middle-income countries or regions and strive to manage paperless and plastic-free operations in response to environmental issues.
The Kansai region has a great climate in November, with the leaves beginning to change color beautifully. After the academic exchange, please take the opportunity to fully enjoy sightseeing and gourmet in Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. All the Organizing and Scientific Committee members are preparing for exciting events and programs by sharing wisdom so that you can get the most of the conference. We look forward to welcoming you. See you in Kobe!
|The 14th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference
Yasuo Shima, MD
(President, Hospice Palliative Care Japan)
Tetsuo Kashiwagi, MD
(President, Japan Hospice Palliative Care Foundation)
Yoshiyuki Kizawa, MD
(President, Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine)