Announcements / Messages from IAPC

Last reminder of 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 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.

Nominations invited for the post of Secretary General, Academy of Palliative Medicine

Nominations are invited for the post of Secretary General, Academy of Palliative Medicine. 

The Academy of Palliative Medicine is a constituent unit of the Indian Association of Palliative Care. The Academy will function as a national body to develop and enhance palliative medicine education in India at a specialist and generalist level. The Chairperson of the Academy is the President of IAPC. The Academy has a Governing Council with Chairperson, secretary general, two Ex-Officio members (immediate past presidents), and three co-opted members appointed by the chairperson. 

The secretary-general is the only elected position. The secretary-general will function as the Chief Operating Officer and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Academy of Palliative Medicine. 

To be eligible to submit a nomination, a candidate must have a postgraduate qualification after MBBS, with Academic and Research Experience in Palliative Care, and be an IAPC Member for at least 5 years to the date of submitting the nomination. 

The Tenure of the post is for 3 years.

Interested candidates are requested to email the scanned copy of the signed and completed nomination form (Click here to download) to the Secretary, IAPC, at before 5p.m. on Tuesday, 31st January, 2023. Late nominations and nominations submitted to any other email address will not be accepted.

The last date to withdraw nominations is 5 p.m. on Saturday, 4th February, 2023. 

Update: IAPC’s upcoming AGBM

We invite all IAPC members to join us in-person for the IAPC’s next Annual General Body Meeting (AGBM) scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 11th February, 2023, in Bengaluru.

As always, it has been decided that the AGBM will be held on the second day of the Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care. The AGBM this year will therefore be an in-person meeting held at the conference venue (IAPCON2023), the Nimhans Convention Center, in Bengaluru.

The agenda for the AGBM will be shared shortly.

Update from IAPCON 2023: Last date to submit abstracts extended to 15th January, 2023

The organising committee of the 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2023) is delighted to share that the last date to submit abstracts for the conference has been extended to Sunday, 15th January, 2023.

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.

The conference organisers is also inviting registrations for the unique conference and are urging delegates to look beyond the norm at IAPCON 2023, as the conference explores the integration of palliative care with different specialties like Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, ICU, Oncology, and Neurology. Eminent speakers from the Palliative Care community from both within India and beyond, will be presenting riveting lectures on unique topics during the conference. Please click here for further details about the individual tracks in the conference.

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.

Apply before 31st January, 2023, for the ‘EAPC Researcher Award’

The European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) is inviting researchers to submit nominations for the ‘EAPC Researcher Awards’.

The ‘EAPC Researcher Awards’ aim to recognise and acknowledge the work of researchers and clinicians from the field of palliative care who have recently made, or are currently making, an outstanding contribution to research and clinical practice, public advocacy, policy, or education.

The award also aims to highlight an individual’s career development and their actual and potential contributions to the field. It has been shared that the award will be presented in 3 categories: the Early Researcher Award, the Post Doctoral Award and the Clinical Impact Award.

Please click here for further information on the application procedure and other practicalities.

Interested candidates, please note that applications / nominations are to be submitted before Tuesday, 31st January, 2023. The Awards will be presented at the EAPC World Congress in Rotterdam in June 2023.

WHPCA launches the Universal Health Coverage Factsheet

In commemoration of this year’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, which is celebrated globally on 12th December, the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) has launched an advocacy factsheet for palliative care and UHC.

All observances this year will revolve around the theme ‘Build the world we want: A healthy future for all’. The team at WHPCA reiterates the importance of building strong health systems with equity, trust, healthy environments, investments and accountability. They go on to add that as palliative care is a fundamental human right and an integral component of UHC, it is imperative for key national stakeholders in palliative care and champion policy makers to be engaged in actively advocating the need for effectively including palliative care in the national healthcare delivery systems.

On this occasion, the WHPCA has published a factsheet one can use while advocating to push for the effective integration of palliative care services in the health sector. Please click here to access the same.

Leverage the IAPC’s Social Media to stay connected!

The IAPC is inviting each of you to join the IAPC’s Social Media community to network and stay connected with the palliative care community, from India and beyond!

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Join us for the IAPC and SMA-Nirvana’s ‘Singing for the Stars’: Regional program at 2:50 p.m. on 24th January, 2023

The IAPC and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) invite you to join us for a regional edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’, dedicated to our friends from South scheduled at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, 24th January, 2023.

This special edition of evening of harmonies will be presented by Mr Anirudh Iyer (Vocalist, Performing Artist, Musician and Educator).

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and tune in at 2:50 p.m. on 24th January, 2023, to relax and unwind with music.

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!

‘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 am to 6 pm.

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