Announcements / Messages from IAPC

The IAPC’s ‘Academy of Palliative Medicine’ is now a reality!

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) is extremely delighted to share that the IAPC’s much awaited ‘Academy of Palliative Medicine’ has now become a reality with the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sunday, 29th May, 2022, between 3 key stakeholders; the Indian Association of Palliative Care, the Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunashraya, and the Suprajit Foundation.

The Academy of Palliative Medicine (APM) represents a system and structure that aims to develop, execute, and sustain competence-based specialist palliative medicine education in India.

As per the terms of the MoU, the Suprajit Foundation will fund the establishment of the Academy, the Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunashraya will provide the office space for the Academy, and the IAPC will operationalise the Academy.

The IAPC takes the oppurtunity to thank Dr Naveen Salins, Dr Nagesh Simha, Dr Mary Ann Muckaden, Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, and the several others who have helped in the formation of this Academy.

Further details about the Academy of Palliative Medicine will follow soon!


The IAPC’s new dedicated page ‘Careers’ is now available on the IAPC website

The IAPC has designed and published a separate page, ‘Careers’, in the IAPC website from Tuesday, 31st, May, 2022. This page will primarily feature job vacancies in palliative care from across the country.

We invite you to head over to the IAPC’s new dedicated webspace, ‘Careers’, to view the current vacancies from across the country and to submit the listing of a vacancy from your center.


Join us for a webinar on ‘Understanding Women in Sex Work: A First step towards an inclusion in palliative care services’ at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 2nd June, 2022

The Indian Association of Palliative Care in collaboration with the Uttara Karnataka Mahila Okkoota and Samraksha, are delighted to present a webinar on, ‘Understanding Women in Sex Work: A First step towards inclusion in palliative care services’, on Thursday, 2nd June, 2022, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

The webinar aims to commemorate the International Sex Workers Day, by providing a perspective to the PC Community on the socio legal framework within which sex work operates in Indian Society; provide an overview of the different ways in which sex work operates in the country and the identities of the different women practicing sex work; highlight how involvement in sex work affects support structures for women, and its impact on care; and Highlight the issues faced by this group of women while accessing health care services.

We invite Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Counsellors to join us and participate in this interesting and thought provoking webinar.  

Please click here to join the webinar on Thursday, 2nd June, 2022, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Do feel free to share the details of this event with your colleagues


Enjoy the IAPC’s and SMA-Nirvana’s evening of harmonies, ‘Singing for the Stars’, on Tuesday, 21st June, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.

On the occasion of World Music Day, the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) jointly present to you a virtual musical evening, ‘Singing for the Stars’ on Tuesday, 21st June, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. (via Zoom) for palliative care patients and their caregivers, and palliative care professionals from across the country, each of whom is a star in themselves.

Ms Shruti Bhide, a Playback Singer, a Performing artist and a Music educator, will be enthralling the audience with her melodious singing. 

Please click here to join us and celebrate the power of music, and to unwind and relax on Tuesday, 21st June, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.

Update from the May event:

The musical event for May was provided by Ashwin Prabhu, an eminent and popular Vocalist, and a Performing Artist on Sunday, 15th May, 2022, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. (via Zoom).

Mr Prabhu presented an absolutely lovely musical evening with an excellent rendition of popular songs in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.

Thank you, Mr Ashwin Prabhu, for sharing your time and for bringing smiles on the faces of our palliative care patients and their families. 

Please visit the IAPC’s Facebook page to watch the recording from May, in case you missed attending the musical evening, or if you would like to simply listen to it again.


Update: Last date to submit expression of interest to conduct pre-conference workshops at IAPCON 2023, extended till 30th June, 2022!

Dr Jennifer S Jeba, Pre-conference Subcommittee Chair, IAPCON 2023, along with the other organizers of IAPCON 2023, are delighted to share that the last date to submit the expression of interest to conduct pre conference workshops during IAPCON 2023, has been extended till Thursday, 30th June, 2022.

Submissions to be emailed to the Pre-conference Subcommittee Chair at  preconferenceiapcon@karunashraya.org, using the below format. The list of approved workshops will be announced on both the conference website and also emailed to the concerned teams by Friday, 15th July, 2022.

  • Theme of the Workshop
  • Short Justification for the choice of topic (100 words)
  • Target Audience
  • Key Learning objectives
  • Sub-topics
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Anticipated participant numbers

The 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (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’.

The organising team of IAPCON 2023, also invites you to also register for this unique intellectual fest at the earliest. Please visit the conference website for further details.


IAPC’s celebration of International Nurses Day: ‘A Celebration of our Palliative Care Nurse(s)’

The IAPC commemorated the International Nurses Day by presenting a compilation of a few Superhero Palliative Care Nurses from across the country, whose details were received from various organizations in response to IAPC’s invitation to celebrate their Superhero palliative care nurses. 

The initiative which was launched on the IAPC website on Thursday, 12th May, 2022, was designed to primarily showcase to the world, the silent and the behind-the-scenes pillars, our palliative care nurses, who work so firmly yet gently, to ensure the provision of quality palliative care for their patients’ and their families.

The team at IAPC extends their deepest gratitude to all the contributors for their enthusiasm, efforts, and cooperation towards the successful completion of this project.

IAPC acknowledges and congratulates every single palliative care Nurse working across the country, for all that they do.

Please click here to view the final compilation of these Superhero Palliative Care Nurses.


The IAPC celebrated World Laughter Day with ‘An Evening of Laughs with Dr Chaturvedi’ on Monday, 9th May, 2022

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) had organised a virtual hybrid event, ‘An Evening of laughs with Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi’, on Monday, 9th May, 2022 at 5:30 p.m, to commemorate World Laughter Day. The event was held both physically at Ramalingaswami Board Room, AIIMS, New Delhi, and was also broadcasted virtually via Zoom to the palliative care fraternity from across the country.

Over 80 people participated in the evening of stand-up comedy and took a dose of Dr Chaturvedi’s prescription for laughter, as Laughter is the best Medicine after all! 

Feedback from the session as below:

“This is superb! 😁😃😃😃”
“Wow, such an awesome show...I was having a bad headache after my OT.. Now I'm feeling so much more relaxed😂😂”
“Very Good Comedy”

Please click here to watch a recording of the session, in case you missed it.

We thank Dr Chaturvedi once again for his time, and for presenting to us, a laughter filled evening.


Update your details in the IAPC’s National PC Directory!

We are in the process of updating the IAPC’s National PC directory and we absolutely CANNOT do that WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!

We request you to please check and update (existing centers) or add (for new centers) the relevant details by clicking here

Once you click on the link,

  1. Please select the State from the drop down menu to check details of your center.
  2. Then choose to either update details of an existing center OR add the relevant details for a new center by clicking on the button provided in the right column of the web page.
  3. Once completed, please click the ‘Submit’ button to record your responses.

 Your invaluable support towards creating an updated directory (State Wise) will ensure that no patient is left behind and help improve access to palliative care services.

 So come on, do your bit to help someone in need!