Education and Training

Last chance to enroll for the ‘IAPC’s Course in Palliative Care – Physiotherapy Interface’, before 6th September, 2022

The IAPC invites you to apply for the next online batch of the IAPC’s ‘Course in the Physiotherapy – Palliative Care Interfacescheduled for Saturday, 10th September, 2022, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

The course aims to not only enhance a physiotherapists’ understanding of how they can contribute towards the rendering of holistic palliative care, but strives to also educate the palliative care community on how physiotherapy can augment their patient care and symptom management.

Physiotherapists (BPT and MPT), Doctors practicing Palliative Medicine (MBBS / BDS) and Nurses practicing Palliative Care (BSc Nursing, Diploma in Nursing, or GNM) are eligible to apply for the half a day online course which will be delivered by expert faculty from AIIMS, New Delhi, and the Cancer Institute, Chennai.

For further details and to apply for the course, please click here.

Don’t forget to apply on or before Tuesday, 6th September 2022.


Apply for the ‘IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy’, before 16th September, 2022

The 2nd batch of the IAPC’s ‘Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care Pharmacy’ will be delivered on Sunday, 25th September, 2022, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., to commemorate World Pharmacist Day.

This basic course has been designed to empower candidates with a Diploma or a Degree in Pharmacy with adequate knowledge of commonly used drugs in Palliative Care for pain management and to manage other symptoms. The course will also cover Essential Narcotic Drugs and Narcotic Drugs, along with the technical legalities to procure, store, dispense and document the same as per the NDPS Act.

The 7 hour course will be delivered in two parts; a virtual 4.5 hour ‘Part A’ module and an in-person 2.5-hour ‘Part B’ module. The IAPC encourages those centers who are procuring, storing and dispensing opioids to enroll their pharmacists to join this course.

Please click here for further details and to download application form.

Please note that the last date to submit applications is on or before Friday, 16th September, 2022.


Registrations are now open for the ‘IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers (VCCPC)’

Keeping its tradition of building capacity through continuous education in the different domains of palliative care, the IAPC has now formalized a structured course for prospective volunteers who want to make a positive difference to palliative patients and their caregivers, in as much to their lives as well. 

The first batch of this online training program, the ‘IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers (VCCPC)’, will be launched on Saturday, 29th October, 2022, as a step towards creating a compassionate community.

Each batch will be delivered in two components: a virtual and theoretical ‘Part A’, and an in-person practical ‘Part B’. Candidates will need to complete both the components to become eligible to receive the course completion certificate.

The 16 hour ‘Part A’ of the course will be delivered over two weekends (29th and 30th of October, 2022, and 5th and 6th of November, 2022) as half day sessions between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Successful completion of ‘Part A’ will allow candidates to proceed to the ‘Part B’ of the program, a 16 hour observership in a palliative care unit.

Individuals who can commit, who have the time, and are willing to offer their services in palliative care facilities are requested to apply for the program as only 30 candidates can be accommodated per batch.

For further details and to apply for the program, please click here.


55 Doctors and Nurses from across India complete the CTCs 5 day palliative care foundation training program in New Delhi, between 15th and 19th August, 2022

55 Doctors and Nurses from 14 centers across the country were trained in the basics of palliative care by 19 expert national and international faculty as part of the 5th cohort of the Palliative Care Training Program aimed at Cancer Treatment Centers (CTC) in India between Monday, 15th August, 2022, and Friday, 19th August, 2022, at New Delhi.

The program was offered by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) and the Lien Foundation. This program has the support of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, as a part of India’s implementation of the National Program for Palliative Care (NPPC), which mandates for palliative care services to be available at all institutions dealing with cancer and non-communicable diseases.

The in-person 5 day training program included lectures, case based discussions, role plays and interactive workshops. All 55 participants will now proceed for a 5 day clinical posting at either AIIMS, New Delhi, or at Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal, after which they will be mentored for a year with periodic online training sessions. The training will culminate with a 3 day in-person refresher course scheduled for early 2023.

Till date, 4 cohorts of participants from approx. 34 centers across the country have been trained in this program resulting in the initiation / strengthening of palliative care services at their centers.


BHT – KIPCER and ELNEC India, jointly conduct an in-person ELNEC core training program for nurses and nursing aides at Karunashraya, between 25th and 28th August, 2022

The Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunashraya Institute for Palliative Care Education and Research (BHT-KIPCER) in collaboration with the End-of-life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), India, organized a 4 day training program for 44 Nurses and 55 Nursing Aides from across the country in the basics of palliative and end of life care.

Nurses were trained between Thursday, 25th August, 2022, and Saturday, 27th August, 2022 at Karunashraya, Bengaluru, while the nursing aides from Karunashraya, and other local hospitals were trained on Sunday, 28th August, 2022.  

This training was conducted for the 1st time for nursing aides across India. The program supported by Cipla Foundation, has been accredited with a maximum of 22 credit points from the Karnataka Nursing Council for the excellence of training.

The training aimed to educate participants on the principles and practices of palliative care and empower them to provide quality care for patients with advanced illness at their end of life. The interactive sessions were geared towards a combination of didactic lectures, role-plays and hands-on experience on communication skills, pain and symptom management, ethics, and elements of grief, loss, and bereavement. It also included components of team building, team resilience, self-care, and leadership. 

The training was delivered by an expert Faculty group from across the country which was represented by Sr Hanife MacGamwell (Nursing Education Coordinator, IAPC and ELNEC India), Sr. Cassandra Sequeira (Nursing Faculty, Government College of Nursing, Goa), Br Sudip Rudra Paul (Palliative Care Nurse, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute), and Br Larry Wagh (Lead Training Coordinator, Cipla, Pune).

Sr Hanife shared, “Every participant was enthusiastic throughout the training. The nursing aides in particular were brilliant, attentive, and a very caring bunch of committed girls with a good command over English.” 


Apply before 7th September, 2022, for the free 6-day online workshop on ‘Research Methods in Supportive Oncology’ offered by Centre for Palliative Care, Harvard Medical School

The Centre for Palliative Care at Harvard Medical School, is inviting early-stage doctoral researchers to apply for an intensive 6-day free workshop on ‘Research Methods in Supportive Oncology (RMSO)’ scheduled to run between Sunday, 22nd January, and Friday, 27th January, 2023.

The course will be offered virtually with an option to attend some sessions at Boston where a stipend will be available for travel and lodging.

The course aims to provide an overview of fundamental methods, such as study designs, qualitative and survey methods, and approaches to data analysis in supportive oncology research. Over the course of the workshop, participants will be expected to write a complete study protocol under the direct mentorship of expert faculty in the field of supportive oncology.

Please click here for further information about this workshop and click here to register.

Don’t forget to submit applications before Wednesday, 7th September, 2022.


Apply for the ‘Pediatric Palliative Medicine Fellowship 2023’, offered jointly by the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and the Hyderabad Centre for Palliative Care

Applications are now invited for the 1-year full time ‘Pediatric Palliative Medicine Fellowship 2023’ offered by the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and the Hyderabad Centre for Palliative Care. The fellowship is also endorsed by the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (UK).

The 12 month fellowship involves structured education and clinical rotations with an emphasis on evidenced based practice. The program aims to train physicians to become experts in the clinical practice of pediatric palliative medicine, and to help them become leaders in the field of palliative care for children in India and across South Asia.

Candidates with a post-graduate (MD/DCh/DNB Degree) degree are invited to apply, while preference will be given to those whose degree is in Pediatrics. Fellows will be expected to complete a research or a quality improvement project during their fellowship.

Please click here for further details about the program. Alternatively, the application form and the course prospectus can be availed by contacting Ms Vinella Rapelli, the Program Coordinator, at ppcecho@gmail.com.

Hurry and apply for the fellowship as there are only 5 positions available each year!


MPCN in collaboration with NHM, Maharashtra, conducts a 5 day Training-of-Trainers program for 22 Doctors in Maharashtra in July 2022

22 doctors from 12 districts in Maharashtra participated in a 5 day Training-of-Trainers program in Palliative care between Monday, 11th July, 2022, and Friday, 15th July, 2022, at the Health and Family Welfare Centre, Thane. The training was organised by the Mumbai Palliative Care Network (MPCN) in collaboration with the National Health Mission (NHM), Maharashtra.

Medical Officers from Ahmednagar, Akola, Aurangabad, Beed, Buldhana, Dhule, Jalgaon, Nagpur, Raigad, Solapur, Thane and Yavatmal were trained in the program.

The training was designed as a combination of both theory (first two days) and practical sessions (next three days) which included field visits to various palliative care settings such as hospitals, OPDs, home visits, hospice visit and visit to a respite home. 

The program was inaugurated by Dr Sadhana Tayade (Director Health Services, Maharashtra) while Dr Padmaja Jogewar (Joint Director, NCD, Maharashtra), Dr Armida Fernandez (Founder Trustee, SNEHA and Romila Palliative Care) and Ms Sonalini Mirchandani (Founder, Karuna Evam Shanti Vahini)  were also present for the inaugural ceremony held at the Health and Family Welfare Centre, Thane. Dr Tayade in her inaugural speech highlighted that the Government of Maharashtra was extremely committed towards taking the development of palliative care forward in the State.

The training concluded with certificates being distributed to participants and with participants sharing that they had now learnt and observed how palliative care was ‘all about total care’. They also assured the organizers that they would try their best to incorporate the principles of palliative care during their everyday practice.

This is the fifth palliative care training program orgnaised by MPCN in Maharasthra for Medical officers. Three online programs and one class room training session at Nagpur was organized by MPCN before this.


The DHS, Jammu, and the IAPC jointly organize Jammu’s first ever National CME/Workshop on Pain and Palliative Care, on 28th and 29th July, 2022

The Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Jammu, in association with the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC), organized Jammu’s first ever free National CME / Workshop on Pain and Palliative Care at the Government Hospital Gandhinagar, Jammu, on Thursday, 28th July, 2022, and Friday, 29th July, 2022.

The program was held under the patronage of Sh Manoj Kumar Dwivedi (Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Government of Jammu and Kashmir), the Chairmanship of Dr Saleem ur Rehman (Director General and Director Health Service, Jammu), and the Vice Chairmanship of Dr Narinder Singh Bhatial (Medical Superintendent, Government Hospital, Gandhinagar, Jammu).

The first of it’s kind, India’s first Palliative Care Conference was organized under the supervision of Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (President, IAPC; Chief, Dr. B.R.A IRCH; Head, NCI, Jhajjar, AIIMS, New Delhi).

The conference was inaugurated by Dr Saleem ur Rehman and in the virtual presence of Dr Sushma Bhatnagar. Over 170 delegates attended the conference in which eminent faculty from premier medical institutions from across the country delivered lectures and conducted interactive workshops.

Dr Rohit Lahori, Pain and Palliative Care Specialist from Jammu and Kashmir was the organizing secretary of the conference.


Update from IAPC Academy

Report on activities in August

A total of 4 lectures were delivered in August, as part of the IAPC Academy’s online Lecture Series.

The first session of the month was an interesting lecture on ‘Parental analgesics and infusions’ which was delivered by Dr Nengneivah Haokip and moderated by Dr Balbir Kumar. The last session from Series 4, was an excellent presentation on ‘Palliative Drugs in special situations’ delivered by Dr Aswathi Praveen and moderated by Dr Anuja Damani. With this, a total of 26 Lectures were delivered in Series 4 (on ‘Palliative Care Drugs’).  

The palliative care fraternity’s thirst for knowledge motived us to launch Lecture Series 5. This series will deliver a total of 9 lectures on ‘Training in Palliative Care Research’ and began after a one week break on Monday, 22nd August, 2022. Series 5 will be delivered by expert faculty who will not only share their academic expertise but also practical and invaluable inputs derived from their rich experiences.

Series 5 commenced with a brilliant lecture by Dr Naveen Salins on ‘Introduction to conducting a Systematic Review’. This was followed by another comprehensive and superb lecture on ‘Problem Identification and Concept Development’ which was delivered by Dr Hari Sagiraju.

The IAPC Academy expresses it’s sincere gratitude to all the faculty for sharing their time and expertise with us.

Please click here to view recordings of lectures.

Sessions planned for September

We invite you to join us for four very interesting lectures from Series 5 scheduled for September, 2022.