Welcome to APHC 2021!
I wish to welcome all of you to the 14th Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Conference (APHC) 2021, Building Bridges, Hospice Palliative Care Beyond Borders.
Our world has taken a vastly different focus professionally and personally because of COVID19. For many there are tangible differences in our lives that will never be shaken. One of these has been the virtual platforms for conferences and education opportunities that we have been forced to embrace and will most likely be part of our professional lives going forward.
As the Co-Chair of the APHC 2021 Committee, I am excited about our first fully virtual conference. Though we will miss the in-country experience that many of us were hoping for in Kobe, Japan, we have endeavored to bring to you a high quality scientific program which is diverse, relevant and inspiring, yet with rich cultural experiences interwoven into the program.
Building Bridges: our theme highlights the importance of developing our services to overcome barriers, communicate well together and implement scientific rigor to what we do in Palliative Care, by all. Impressive International and regional speakers provide expertise in their fields, to generate discussion around Advance Care Planning, integration of Palliative Care in health care and up to date transitional research which is interdisciplinary, to help us better care for our patients and their families.
I hope you truly enjoy the upcoming APHC2021 in November of this year. We have enjoyed working together to deliver what will be a unique opportunity of learning, networking, practice validation and an enriching conference experience that we can take back to our own countries and services.
Happy conferencing to all!
|The 14th Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Conference
Ghauri Aggarwal, FRACP
(Concord Centre for Palliative Care, Sydney, Australia)
First of all, I would like to begin by expressing my deepest sympathies to those who have lost their lives and their families to the new coronavirus infections that have been spreading around the world since 2020. I would also like to send my deepest condolences to all those who have been affected and thanks to all those who are engaged in the treatment of the infection.
Originally, we were planning to hold the 14th Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Conference (APHC) in Kobe, Japan, but we have decided to reschedule it and hold it as a virtual conference on 13-14 November 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 Europe (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 virtual visits to hospice and inpatient palliative care units.
This Conference will be jointly organized by 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 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 regions, access to palliative care remains insufficient, and the distress of many people has not been fully addressed. Health care providers in many Asian 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 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.
We look forward to welcoming you.
|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)