Announcements / Messages from IAPC

Call for Proposal: IAPCON 2025

The IAPC is inviting proposals to conduct the 32nd Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2025).

Those interested to organise the conference are requested to submit their expression of interest by emailing the proposal in the requested and prescribed format to the Secretary, IAPC, at iapcagbm@gmail.com before 5 p.m. on Monday, 30th January, 2023.

The conference venue for IAPCON 2025, will be decided in the IAPC’s Annual General Body Meeting held at Bengaluru in February, 2023, on the basis of the proposals received by the Secretary.

The 31st Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2024) will be held at Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and is being organised by the team from Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad.


Update: IAPC’s upcoming AGBM; Nominations invited for an upcoming vacancy in the IAPC’s Central Council committee

We invite you to join us in-person for the IAPC’s next Annual General Body Meeting (AGBM) scheduled to be held on Saturday, 11th February, 2022, in Bengaluru. The timing of the meeting will be announced shortly. 

Please also note that there is an upcoming vacancy in the IAPC’s Central Council Committee for the post of Central Council Member, West Zone: 2023-2025.

The IAPC invites interested candidates to email the scanned copy of the signed and completed nomination form to the Secretary, IAPC, at iapcelections@gmail.com before 5 p.m. on Saturday, 31st December, 2022. Nominations submitted to any other email address will not be accepted.

Please note that Applicants must use one form for one nomination. Please click here to download the application form.


Wade through the recently published ‘WHPCD Celebrations’ in the IAPC’s National Portal

We invite you to read the new editions to the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) celebrations published on the IAPC’s dedicated webpage, the ‘World Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrations’. The IAPC congratulates each of these organisations for all their efforts and enthusiasm!

This year’s WHPCD was celebrated across the country with grandeur and fanfare. These celebrations included organising educational programs, slogan / poster competitions or having theatre/ musical events, etc.

Those organisations / centers who wish to share with the world, the details of the WHPCD celebrations at your Institute / Center are invited to share the same by clicking here, if not done so already.


Update from IAPCON 2023: Last date to submit Abstracts extended to 31st December, 2022

The organising committee of the 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2023) have shared that the last date to submit abstracts for the conference has been extended to Saturday, 31st December, 2022.

Researchers submitting abstracts can leverage this opportunity to not only present their work to the global palliative care fraternity but also try their chance to avail scholarships and win other exciting prizes.

Exciting offers below:

  • 10 of the best abstracts submitted at the IAPCON 2023, will each receive a travel grant of Rs.10,000/-, sponsored by the IAPC. Please do note that this scholarship is however open to only IAPC members. The winners of the scholarship will be selected by the Scientific Committee, IAPCON 2023
  • All abstracts selected and presented at IAPCON 2023, will be published in the upcoming April-June 2023 issue of the IAPC’s Indian Journal of Palliative Care (IJPC)
  • The research which receives the first prize in oral presentation at IAPCON 2023, will be published in the very prestigious BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, keeping with the terms and conditions of the journal.

IAPCON 2023 will be a physical conference at Bengaluru, organised by Karunashraya. The main conference is scheduled to be conducted over two and half days (Friday, 10th February 2023, to Sunday, 12th February 2023) with six major tracks and three minor tracks. Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Thursday, 9th February, 2023. The theme of IAPCON 2023 is ‘Metamorphosis: The emergence of Subspeciality Palliative Medicine’. Please visit the conference website for further details.

Don’t forget to grab this last chance to submit your abstracts before Saturday, 31st December, 2022. Please click here to submit your abstract.


Applications invited for the IAHPC’s ‘Recognition Awards Program’

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) is inviting those individuals and institutions who are members of IAHPC and who have contributed to the advancement and provision of palliative care to apply for their annual ‘Recognition Awards Program’ before Saturday, 31st December, 2022.

The program aims to:

  • recognize individuals and institutions dedicated to alleviating serious health related suffering of patients and their families in order to improve their quality of life.
  • bring these individuals and institutions to the attention of policy makers, other institutions, and relevant organizations.

It has been announced that an advisory committee constituted by the IAHPC will review applications and identify the winners for each category. Six awards will be presented annually to individuals and institutions located in high, middle, and low income countries. Each award will consist of a US $1,000 prize, a certificate, and a free one-year IAHPC membership.

Please click here for further information about this, to check eligibility and to apply.


Update from the IAPC and SMA-Nirvana’s ‘Singing for the Stars’: Multilingual program at 3:50 p.m. on 15th December, 2022

The IAPC and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) invite you to join us for the national multilingual edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’ scheduled at 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, 15th December, 2022.

The evening of harmonies in December will be presented by Mr Anirudh Iyer (Vocalist, Performing Artist, Musician and Educator).

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and tune in at 3:50 p.m. on 15th December, 2022, to relax and unwind with music.

Update from the November events

The IAPC and the SMA’s regional edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’ was dedicated to our friends from Gujarat and Rajasthan was presented by Mr Bhargav Thaker (Vocalist, Performing Artist, Music Educator) on Tuesday, 15th November, 2022, at 2:50 p.m via Zoom. Mr Thaker presented songs Gujarati, Rajasthani and Hindi. Thank you Mr Thaker for presenting us with such a lovely evening of harmony.

We congratulate and thank guest singers from Gujarat (Ms Bharati Patel (Patient), Ms Leela Ratnu Harlayan (Caregiver), Mr Omprakash Mali (Caregiver), and Mr Premchand Patwa (Cancer survivor)) and from Rajasthan (Drs Akanksha and Deepshikha, both Consultants, Anesthesia, Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Jaipur, and Ms Rajni Yarde, a cancer survivor) for their enthusiastic participation.

We also thank our champions from Gujarat and Rajasthan for their support towards organising this event successfully. This event would not have been possible if not for the support from each of you.

Please click here to watch a recording of this session.

The IAPC’s and the SMA Nirvana’s national multilingual edition in December was in commemoration of this year’s National Children’s Day. This special edition was dedicated to all our brave little warriors from across the country.

This fun and energy packed special evening of harmonies was presented by Mr Biren Dang, a teenager himself (Vocalist, Performing Artist, Budding Musician), Mr Chinmay Vaidya (Singer, Instrumentalist (Guitar, Piano), Performing Artist, Music educator)and Mr Harshal Jadhav (Percussionist, Cajon hand drummer) on Wednesday, 16th November, 2022, at 2:50 p.m.

We congratulate and thank our super cute and enthusiastic guest child singers, Ms Nandini Jaiswal and Ms Arti Durpade & Ms Aditi Durpade for their energetic and animated performance.

Please click here to watch a recording of this session.


The IAPC’s Careers page has been updated to reflect new vacancies from across the country

We invite you to visit the IAPC’s ‘View job vacancy’ page to view the recently updated vacancies in palliative care from across the country.

We request you to please also join us to improve the availability and access to palliative care by either sharing the details of vacancies at your center or by sharing the details of this platform with your colleagues to submit a vacancy from centers rendering palliative care services.


Call for Support: Your 2 minutes = Someone’s entire lifetime of Peace, Comfort and Dignity!

The IAPC requests you to spare just two minutes of your valuable time to submit / update the details of your palliative care services in the IAPC’s National Palliative Care Directory.

Steps to show your support:

  1. Please visit the IAPC’s National Palliative Care Directory and select the State from the drop down menu to check details of your center.
  2. If you need to add / update details of your center, then please visit the Submit/Update details of your PC center page on the IAPC website and submit the relevant details.
  3. After entering the relevant details, please click the ‘Submit’ button to record your responses.

Please do remember that your two minutes will make an invaluable difference in someone’s entire lifetime, as patients and caregivers, along with your colleagues will then have access to palliative care services when they need it the most!

Come on, donate your time to be a bridge in alleviating the suffering of our patients from across the country. Let no one be left behind!

Please visit our Help section for assistance.


‘Saath Saath Helpline’: India’s free palliative care helpline

Saath-Saath Helpline: 1800-202-7777, is the first of its kind National, Free-of-cost Palliative care helpline. The helpline offers non-judgmental listening services to palliative patients and their caregivers, or to a patient’s physician, and connects them to the nearest palliative care center.

The helpline has 26 partner organisations working across 17 States and Union territories viz; Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Orissa, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kashmir and West Bengal. Volunteers from Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) and Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre (CPC) attend the calls in four shifts to either provide information, offer Psycho-emotional support or to refer the caller to a partner organisation.

The helpline provides service through call-in on a phone line and works 6 days a week (Mon-Sat), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can offer your support by informing patients about this helpline and refer those who are in need of such services.