Announcements / Messages from IAPC

IAPC’s Infographic of the month

The October Infographic focuses on the ‘General Myths of Palliative Care (Part 3)’. This infographic concludes the IAPC’s set of infographics on myths.

This initiative reflects the IAPC’s constant endeavour to promote palliative care education and awareness across the country.

Please feel free to share this infographic within your networks. The same will be available on our social media platforms and also on our website. Please click here to access the same.

We thank Dr Wasimul Hoda (Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, RIMS, Ranchi) for his enthusiasm and constant support towards this initiative

IAPCON 2024 Update: Details of pre-conference workshop and ‘Dr M T Bhatia Award for best Poster Presentation for Nurses’ announced

Preparations for the 31st Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON) are underway in full steam.

The organising team of IAPCON 2024, is happy to announce the ‘Dr M T Bhatia Award for best Poster Presentation for Nurses’. Dr Priti Sanghavi (Organising Secretary, IAPCON 2024) shares, “Qualified nurses (GNM, BSc, MSc) who are working in Palliative Care settings and who are life members of the IAPC will be eligible to receive the award, provided they present the best original research work (via a poster presentation) for palliative care during IAPCON 2024”.  The winner will be presented with a memento, a certificate, and a cash award during the valedictory function of the conference, at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Dr Dinesh Kumar (Chair, Workshop Committee, IAPCON 2024) invites registrations for the 9 pre-conference workshops that will be conducted during IAPCON 2024. Please click here for further details and to register for these workshops.

Dr Bhavna Patel (Chair, Scientific Committee, IAPCON 2024) encourages researchers to submit abstracts of their work in palliative care before Thursday, 30th November, 2023. Please click here for further information regarding abstract submissions.

The 2.5 day in-person conference will be held at the Auditorium, Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, between Friday, 9th February, 2024, and Sunday, 11th February, 2024. The Pre-conference workshops are slated for Thursday, 8th February, 2024.

IAPCON 2024 is themed ‘Revisiting the domains of Palliative Care’, as it aims to enhance the delegates’ practise of palliative care by empowering them with the various aspects in Palliative Care for both cancer and non-cancer patients. Scientific Sessions therefore will include sessions on Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Nephrology, Geriatric Care etc. Sessions will also include the nursing care plans, role of psychologist, volunteers, NGOs in providing palliative care, along with presentations on research methodology and scientific paper presentations.

Please visit the conference website for further information and to register for IAPCON 2024.

Apply before 2nd October, 2023, for an enriching experience at the ASCO IDEA 2024 program

Applications are invited for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) – International Development and Education Award (IDEA) 2024 program, which offers support for early-career oncologists and Onco-Palliative care professionals from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) to learn from and collaborate with more senior ASCO members.

The program pairs IDEA Recipients with a leading member (Mentor) and enables recipients to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting, participate in a post-meeting visit to their Mentor’s institution, and develop long-term relationships to improve cancer care in their countries. It has been shared that IDEA recipients will also receive a three-year complimentary membership which also includes a subscription to the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Additionally, the International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) provides medical education in palliative care, assist with career development, and help establish strong relationships with leading members in the field of palliative care who serve as scientific Mentors to each recipient.

Please click here for further information about this.

The IJPC’s July – September edition is now online

The Indian Journal of Palliative Care’s (IJPC) has recently published its July – September edition of the journal.

Please click here to read the current issue (Volume 29 and Issue 3) of the IJPC. The current issue features very interesting review articles, original articles, a case report, a case series and other articles.

The IJPC is the IAPC’s open-access peer-reviewed journal which is committed to publishing high-quality articles in the field of Palliative Care.

For further information about IJPC, please click here.

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

With the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) being right around the corner, the IAPC invites palliative care institutions to share details from their WHPCD celebrations with the palliative care community, by way of publication in the IAPC’s website.

Please click here to showcase your celebration whether it was by way of organising academic activities, or via dance recitals, or painting competitions, or conducting community engagement initiatives.

The publication aims to present the palliative care community with a collection of celebrations from across the country / world, which are not only promising and encouraging, but also helps one to learn and grow from each other’s celebrations.

ICPCN launches the ‘2023 Digital Toolkit’ for their upcoming Hatson4CPC event

The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) launched their ‘2023 Digital Toolkit’ earlier this month as part of their ‘Hats on for Children’s Palliative Care’ (Hatson4CPC) event. This year the event will be observed on Friday, 13th October, 2023.

The observance aims towards raise international awareness towards the need for children’s palliative care and the work of Children’s Palliative Care (CPC) services worldwide.

The team from ICPCN shares, “This year marks a special anniversary of the Hats on for Children’s Palliative Care Campaign. This campaign has been running for 10 years and whilst we have seen progress in the development of children’s palliative care, there is still a long way to go if we are to achieve the best care and support for every child with a life-limiting illness in the world.” 

The recently launched toolkit helps to plan events and campaigns and includes resources such as social media graphics, advocacy templates, a press release template, and other resources which can be customised for local, regional and international campaigns.

Please click here for further information about this.

Join us at 3:00 p.m. on 26th October, 2023, for the IAPC and SMA Nirvana’s National multilingual edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’

The IAPC and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) invite you to join us at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, 26th October, 2023, for a national multilingual edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’.

This edition of musical evening of harmonies is dedicated to our friends from across the country.

The evening of harmonies will be presented by Mr Ashwin Prabhu (Vocalist and Performing Artist).

Don’t forget to join us at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, 26th October, 2023.

Update from the September event:

The September edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’ was presented after a month’s break on Friday, 15th September, 2023. Unforeseen and unexpected events had led to the cancellation of the event in August.

The September’s energy packed evening of harmonies was presented by Mr Anirudh Iyer (Singer, Composer and Performing Artist) who sang popular and peppy numbers which made everyone get up and dance.

Our guest singer, Ms Rajni Yarde (Cancer survivor, Pune) also presented a wonderful number during the program. 

Team IAPC and Team SMA Nirvana take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all those who joined us and for spreading smiles during the show.

Please click here to watch the recording of the session.

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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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 click here for guidance on how to update your details.

‘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.