From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

We are inching closer to the much-awaited academic fiesta, the 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2023)!

IAPCON 2023, has been designed as a unique scientific conference with track-based sessions on subspeciality topics. Additionally, the minor tracks and the pre-conference workshops are designed to provide sessions on education, end of life care, and theory of change aiming to build capacity in various settings, for any member of a multidisciplinary palliative care team including volunteers, social workers, pharmacists etc. I echo the sentiments of the organising committee to say, “The scientific committee headed by Professor Naveen Salins, promises to make this conference interesting, but with a difference.”

I am also excited to remind you about the exclusive opportunities that IAPCON 2023 is offering to those submitting abstracts. These offers include travel scholarships for the 10 best abstracts and publication of select papers in renowned Journals. Many more such awards will be announced shortly. Do read the ‘Announcements / Messages from IAPC’ section of this newsletter, for further details.

I would like to also bring to your attention, that the IAPC’s Annual General Body Meeting (AGBM) will be held on Saturday, 11th February, 2023 (second day of IAPCON 2023), at the NIMHANS Convention Centre in Bengaluru. We invite all the IAPC members to participate in this in-person AGBM.

We are also inviting IAPC members to submit nominations for an upcoming vacancy in the IAPC’s Central Council. The upcoming vacancy will be for the post of Central Council Member, West Zone (2023-2025). For further details on how to submit the nomination form, please head over to the ‘Announcements / Messages from IAPC’ section of this newsletter.

I would also like to welcome those organisations who are interested to submit proposals to host the 32nd Annual International Conference of the IAPC (IAPCON 2025) to please submit their proposal. Further details available in the ‘Announcements / Messages from IAPC’ section of this newsletter.

Over the next two months, the IAPC will be conducting its very popular training programs, the IAPC’s course on Managing Psychosocial issues of Patients with Chronic illness in Palliative Care Settings and the IAPC’s Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care. Both these programs depict the IAPC’s constant endeavour towards building the capacity of healthcare professionals in Palliative medicine / care, from across the country. Please visit the ‘Education and Training’ section of this newsletter for further information about these programs and to register.  

Further updates from the IAPC Academy’s online Lecture Series, the IAPC’s other academic programs, and those organised by other organisations in November 2022, are detailed under the ‘Education and Training’ section of this newsletter. It is so overwhelming to see the range and depth of educational activities conducted across the country. On behalf of the IAPC, I thank all faculty of IAPC and the organisers and faculty from all the other programs for their untiring efforts and immense contribution towards developing palliative care in the country.

I am happy to share that the contributors for this month’s IAPC’s exclusive articles from the ‘Interesting reads’ section, are:

I am also proud to celebrate the various awards, honours, and other recognitions presented to members / institutions from our Palliative Care Fraternity. Please visit the ‘Awards and Recognitions’ Section of this newsletter to read about them. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all for their achievements and accomplishments!

Last but not least, the IAPC extends our deepest gratitude to the team from the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana for their incredible support in organising periodic evenings of harmonies for our stars. Both editions of ‘Singing for the Stars’ which were organised in November were fabulous, especially the one dedicated to our young warriors, the children, on the occasion of National Children’s Day. I recommend those who missed these beautiful programs to please click here to access the recordings from both these events. Also, don’t forget to join for the December edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’.

Hoping to see you all in Bengaluru at IAPCON 2023, after a long gap of two years!

With warm regards,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
President, IAPC