From the President’s Desk

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

Dear Friends,

A warm welcome to the first ever Virtual Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care. I hope that you have registered for the conference and have submitted abstracts. If you haven’t submitted an abstract yet, please note that you have time till 7th March, 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity, and do it at the earliest.I am very excited to meet you all through this virtual platform.

Please visit the conference website, for details regarding the scientific session.

We are also excited to share with you that Dr Robert Twycross will be with us on 15th March 2020, as faculty for the IAPC Academy Lecture Series. He will be speaking on the topic “Palliative Care: What, Who, When, How”. Don’t miss the opportunity to listen and learn from the stalwart on 15th March, 2021 between 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Please send a mail to to get the zoom link of the session.We are also proud to announce the re-launch of ehospice India Edition, a global platform to share news, views and inspiration. Please share your stories to get it published on ehospice to


Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
President, IAPC

A Warm Welcome to all Delegates

IAPCON 2021 from 19th to 21st March

Only a few days to go for the first ever virtual conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care – IAPCON 2021. The 28th International Conference provides the delegates an opportunity to participate from the comfort of their home/work place. To overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic, it’s essential to avoid long distance travel, crowding and to keep social distancing measures. But here we are exploring the opportunities by introducing the virtual conference. Let us join and make this conference a great success.

Please visit conference website for details:

Conference Updates

Abstract Submission
Last date: Sunday, 7th March 2021

Have you submitted abstract for the presentation? Last date has been extended. Please follow this link to submit your abstract online.

Conference Registration

For Indian and International Delegates

For online registration for the conference, please follow this link.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Thursday, 18th March 2021

Please follow this link to get details of pre-conference workshop.

Scientific Program

There will be theme based sessions on

  • Pain,
  • Kidney and Supportive Care,
  • Palliative Nursing,
  • Spirituality,
  • Pediatric Palliative Care,
  • Psychosocial Distress,
  • Breathlessness,
  • Social work and Volunteers,
  • Supportive care in Cancer,
  • Quality Improvement.

To download scientific program, please follow this link.

Election Called Off

Virtual AGBM Postponed

It has been decided to cancel the online election process to elect IAPC office bearers as per the suggestion given by the expert committee. The decision was taken in the central committee meeting of Indian Associaiton of Palliative Care, held on Thursday, 25th February, 2021. All CC members supported the decision to cancel online election considering the difficulty to conduct the virtual election process. It was also decided to postpone the Annual General Body meeting of IAPC to July 2021. Please follow this link to know the details

IAPC Academy Seminars

Dr. Twycross will be with us on Monday, 15th March, 2021. Don’t Miss this Opportunity.

Dr. Robert Twycross

Don’t forget the date, Monday, 15th March, 2021. Dr. Robert Twycorss, will be with us in the evening from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. He is the speaker on 15th March in the IAPC weekly seminar. Dr. Twycross ‘s session will be held in the evening as he will be presenting it from UK. It’s a great opportunity for all those working in the field of Palliative Care in India to attend this session.

Other sessions in March are covered by Dr. Geeta Joshi, Dr. Priti Sanghvi, and Dr. Frank D. Ferris.

IAPC Academy Program March 2021

ehospice – India Edition is Live!

Here is a good news to share with our friends and colleagues! We could successfully re-launch the India Edition of ehospice. Now your stories will appear on this global platform. Please follow this link to visit ehospice India Edition.

You can share your stories with Nisha, our National Information Officer, to get it published on ehospcie India Edition. Please email to

Indian Journal of Palliative Care

January – March Issue is available online. Please follow this link to access IJPC.

CCEPC Online Evaluation

Online examination for Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care – December 2020 batch – was held on Sunday, 28th February, 2021 from 10 AM to 11:40 AM. Candidates including 178 doctors and 91 nurses attended the online exam.

Our sincere thanks to TCS Ion Team for developing an online examination platform for IAPC, for free, and for providing all technological support for the conduct of the examination.

St. Christoper’s Hospice Features

Pioneering Nurses

Congratulations Anu, Sheeba, and Terry!

Ms. Anu Savio Thelly, Ms. R. S. Sheeba, and Mr. Terrymize I, from India are among the “pioneering Nurses from around the world”, featured by St. Christopher’s Hospice.

In this program St. Christopher’s Hospice, UK showcases 30 pioneering nurses from around the world. They are nurses who are shaping the face of End of Life Care at a local, national and international level. To read more, please follow this link.

Worth Reading

  1. Why registering a ‘living will’ is an arduous task despite SC guidelines
  2. End of Life Care in India, a model legal frame work- please follow this link to read/ download the report

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