From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

The World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) was celebrated across the country with grandeur and fanfare. I am excited to see this ever-growing participation in the World Day Celebrations, to raise our voice for Hospice and Palliative Care. The IAPC has launched 2 dedicated webpages to commemorate this occasion:

  1. a) The webspace ‘Stories of Healing’ is centered around this year’s WHPCD theme, ‘Healing Hearts and Communities’. Please click here to read these stories and submit your story.
  2. b) The webspace ‘World Hospice and Palliative Care Day’ acknowledges and showcases the enthusiastic participation and celebrations from across the country. Congratulations to all those who have already uploaded glimpses from their celebrations. Please click here to read about these celebrations and submit details of your center’s celebrations

The IAPC is now inviting proposals to organise the 32nd Annual International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2025). As per the IAPC’s revised guidelines, conference organisers will be selected after a rigorous scrutiny of the proposal submitted. You can read further details about this in the ‘Announcements / Messages’ section of this newsletter. 

The organising team of IAPCON 2023, is working hard and sharing updates each day. Don’t forget to grab the last chance to submit abstracts as abstract submissions close on Tuesday, 15th November, 2022. Also, don’t forget that the IAPC has announced a Scholarship of Rs 10,000 each to the authors (IAPC members only) of the best 10 abstracts submitted at the IAPCON 2023. The very prestigious BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, has also proposed that the research which receives the first prize in oral presentation at the IAPCON 2023, will be published in keeping with the terms and conditions of the journal. All abstracts presented at IAPCON 2023, will also be published in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care’s (IJPC) upcoming April-June 2023 issue. Do visit conference website for further updates.

The IAPC is steadily moving forward in its mission to provide training in palliative care by organising an array of programs for palliative care professionals and volunteers. The first online session of the ‘IAPC’s Certificate Course in Palliative Care for Volunteers’ was launched on Saturday, 29th October, 2022. The online examination for the July 2022 batch of the IAPC’s Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care was conducted successfully on Saturday, 1st October, 2022. I once again extend our sincere gratitude to team TCSiON for developing and gifting us this online examination platform. Applications are also being invited for the IAPC’s recently launched program, ‘Managing Psychosocial issues of patients with chronic illnesses in Palliative Care settings. This virtual course will be delivered over a week in December 2022, by expert faculty from the field. The IAPC Academy’s Online Lecture Series 6 began on Monday, 31st October, 2022, and will present a total of 35 lectures, which will be delivered by students of MD and DNB in Palliative Medicine from across the country and moderated by a faculty from their respective center. Please continue reading the ‘Education and Training’ section of this newsletter for further details about these programs and to know more about the educational initiatives from other organisations.

I also invite you to read about the various awards and honours, and other recognitions bestowed upon Palliative Care Fraternity under the ‘Awards and Recognitions’ Section in this newsletter. Our heartfelt congratulations to all for their achievements and accomplishments!

The contributors for the IAPC’s exclusive articles featured in this month’s ‘Interesting reads’ section are:  

Thank you, Dr Deepa, Sr Hanife, and Dr Divakaran, for sharing these excellent articles with us.

Don’t forget to join this month’s ‘Singing for the Stars’ program, offered jointly by the IAPC and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy (SMA) Nirvana. This month’s Regional program is dedicated to our friends from Gujarat and Rajasthan; while the National multilingual program for the month is a special edition to celebrate Children’s Day. This special edition will be presented by Mr Biren Dang, a child artist who is now a teenager himself. I also thank Ms Himali Vyas Naik for presenting us with a riveting musical evening last month. Please click here to access recordings of sessions conducted thus far. Thank you SMA Nirvana for your continued support!

Looking forward to meeting you all at IAPCON 2023 in Bengaluru.

With warm regards,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
President, IAPC