Announcements / Messages from IAPC

Call for Proposal: IAPCON 2025

The IAPC is inviting proposals to organise 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, IAPC.

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.


WHPCD 2022 Update

The Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) was celebrated this year with grandeur and fanfare across the country. It is promising and encouraging for the palliative care community as a whole to learn of each other’s celebrations, whether it was by way of organising educational programs, or by organising slogan / poster competitions or theatre.

Submit your ‘Stories of Healing’ in the IAPC’s newly created dedicated webpage

One of the ways in which the IAPC celebrated this occasion was by publishing a dedicated webspace Stories of Healing in commemoration of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2022’s theme, ‘Healing Hearts and Communities’.

This powerful webpage rests on the power and influence of story-telling which helps both the storyteller and the reader (listener) to find strength and support from these stories of healing from the perspectives of palliative care patients, their caregivers or healthcare professionals during their journey in palliative care. We invite you to share your stories ​​to help you heal which in turn also helps the larger community to heal. 

​Please click here to share your story and heal and to also help others heal!

Submit your ‘WHPCD celebrations’ in the IAPC’s National Portal

The WHPCD celebrations this year, were celebrated across the country with increased grandeur and fanfare. The IAPC acknowledged this growth by launching a dedicated webpage to showcase these celebrations from different institutions / centers irrespective of whether the celebrations included organising educational programs, slogan / poster competitions or having theatre/ musical events, etc.

The IAPC invites you to share with the world, the details of the WHPCD celebrations at your Institute / Center by clicking here. This page will present a collection of these wonderful celebrations which are both promising and encouraging for the palliative care community as a whole and to help us to learn and grow from each other’s celebrations.

The IAPC also celebrated this year’s WHPCD with the launch of the IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers which aims to create an army of compassionate volunteers.

The IAPC congratulates each of these organisations for all their efforts and enthusiasm!


Update from IAPCON 2023: Avail scholarship by submitting abstracts before 15th November, 2022

Details of the pre conference workshop and the Neuro Palliative track announced!

Things are getting real with the organizing team of the 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2023) sharing updates each day.

The conference organisers urge researchers to submit abstracts and present their work to the global palliative care fraternity by grabbing the last chance to submit their abstracts, as abstract submissions close on Tuesday, 15th November, 2022. Please click here to submit your abstract.

Please note that the IAPC has also announced a travel grant of Rs 10,000 each to 10 of the best abstracts submitted at the IAPCON 2023. The scholarship will be open to IAPC members. The winners of the scholarship will be selected by the Scientific Committee, IAPCON 2023.

We are delighted to share that the research which receives the first prize in oral presentation at the IAPCON 2023, will be published in the very prestigious BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, keeping with the terms and conditions of the journal. All abstracts successfully selected and presented at IAPCON 2023, will also be published in the upcoming April-June 2023 issue of the IAPC’s Indian Journal of Palliative Care (IJPC).

The organising team is also elated to announce the details of the much awaited preconference workshop and the Neuro Palliative Care, which is one of the major tracks in this year’s conference.

Preconference workshops:

IAPCON 2023, will host 12 pre conference workshops this year spread over multiple domains.

Please register before Saturday, 31st December, 2022, to participate in these interesting workshops.

Please click here to view details from the pre conference workshops.

Neuro Palliative Care Track:

The Neuro Palliative Care track will run on Day 1 (Friday, 10th February, 2023) of the conference. Please click here to view details from the Neuro Palliative Care Track

Register for the conference so that you don’t miss this opportunity to share your practice wisdom with like-minded professionals, to interact with participants through interactive workshops and discussions, and to connect and network with diverse groups of individuals in the field 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’. Please visit the conference website for further details.


Update from the IAPC and SMA-Nirvana’s ‘Singing for the Stars’: Regional and National Programs in November 2022

The IAPC and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) invite you to join us for the musical sessions of ‘Singing for the Stars’ scheduled for November, 2022.

Regional program (Gujarat and Rajasthan):
3rd November, 2022, at 2:50 p.m.

Join us in our regional program dedicated to our friends from Gujarat and Rajasthan, presented by Mr Bhargav Thaker (Vocalist, Performing Artist and a Music Educator) on Thursday, 3rd November, 2022, at 2:50 p.m.

National, Multilingual Children’s program:
16th November, 2022, at 3:50 p.m.

Join us in our multilingual and a very special children’s day edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’ on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, at 2:50 p.m.. This special edition will be presented by Mr Biren Dang, a teenage artist (Vocalist, Performing Artist and a Budding Musician).

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to tune in on 3rd November, and 16th November, 2022, to relax and unwind with music.

Update from the October event

The IAPC and the SMA’s musical event for October was a fantastic program presented by Ms Himali Vyas Naik on Friday, 14th October, 2022, at 3:50 p.m via Zoom. The super talented Ms Naik, kept the audience riveted as she presented songs in 7 languages: Hindi, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Rudali, Punjabi, Bengali and Gujarati; the first show since January 2022, to have such variety in languages represented by a single Artist! Kudos Ms Naik and thank you very much for presenting us with such an excellent evening of harmony. 

Please click here to watch a recording of this session.


Head over to the IAPC’s Careers page to view the new vacancies posted

With each passing day, it is heartening to watch the growth of palliative care from across the country. Please visit the IAPC’s ‘View job vacancy’ page to view the vacancies in palliative care from across the country.

Join us to improve the availability and access to palliative care by sharing the details of vacancies at your center or share the details of this platform with your colleagues to leverage the IAPC’s National Platform 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.