The President’s address

My passion to address pain of patients has motivated me to do more and I learnt Palliative Medicine. The journey of 20 years in Palliative Medicine was full of challenges, opportunities and satisfaction.

I understand IAPC membership has given me a big responsibility with full confidence that I will be able to continue to excel from the point where Dr MaryAnn Mukden has handed over to me.

I promise, I will not waste a single day without working and thinking of IAPC.

We will reach out to each and every individual of the country who wants to serve humanity. Thus we will make a big force to fight unrelieved pain all over country.

I look forward to experiencing many activities by engaging IAPC members throughout the year as we want to relieve suffering of all our patients and their families those are troubled with disease related suffering.

During my presidency I have dream of,

  • Integrating Palliative Medicine in UG/PG medical and nursing curriculum
  • Implementation of End of Life care Policy at every levels
  • Giving NGOs due recognition by Govt those are working since last 2-3 decades
  • Making Pain free India by practicing safe use of Opioid,
  • Finally taking IAPC flag to every International front possible.

I am confident you all are dreaming the same and will help me to make these dreams come true.

With warm regards,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar.


Celebrations and Events

27th IAPC Conference concluded at Kochi

The IAPC conference IAPCON 2019 was held at Kochi from 8th to 10th February, 2019.

Radha Krishanan and team

Congratulations Mr Radha Krishanan and team for organizing a fantastic conference! Scientific program headed by Dr. Chitra Venkateshan and her team of excellent quality.

Detailed report of the conference can be found here.

New Milestone for IJPC: Report by Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar & Dr. Naveen Salins

IJPC got selected in Thomson Reuters ESCI. This a major achievement for any journal and a new milestone in its progress. IJPC is one step away from impact factor .As advised by Wolters Kluwer from now onwards, IJPC will be closely scrutinized for citation metrics. Hence for the next 12 months, IJPC will aim to publish articles that has higher citation probability. Details can be found here.

Palliative Workshop in association with RGCON 2019

RGCON 2019A Palliative Workshop was organized at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Center at Rohini New Delhi on the 9th of Feb. The event was a grand success with attendance from dignitaries and other delegates including members from DNiP care, GCCI and Cankids. Dr. G S Bhattacharyya, a Medical Oncologist and Palliative Care Specialist, graced the event. More details can be found here.

Palliative Care in Neurology and Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Workshop was organized by KMC Manipal under the supervison of Dr. Naveen Salins.

New Centers started for CCEPC course

The Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care has completed 11 years of successful training for doctors and nurses in India. The course was launched in November 2007 and with the successful conduct of the November 2018 course it has completed 11 years. Since November 2007, a total of 7149 candidates were registered for this course. The CCEPC was conducted in June and November 2018. Next batch will be in June 2019. Four special batches were also conducted. Two of these batches were conducted for doctors deputed by NHM Uttarakhand.

  • In April 2018 one NHM batch was trained at Gangaprem Hospice, Rishikesh and the coordinator was Dr. Aditi Chaturvedi. Number of candidates participated – 20;
  • Another NHM batch in Uttarakhand was trained at AIIMS Rishikesh in January 2019. Number of candidates registered – 26;
  • A special bath was conducted at Shri Ram Murti Smarak Institute of Medical Sciences in August 2018. Number of participants – 44. Dr. Abhijith Dam coordinated the cours;
  • Another special batch was conducted at Apex Hospital Varnasi in December 2018. Number of participants -20 . Dr. Anjum Joad coordinated the course.

New Course Centres

4 new centers got sanctioned to conduct IAPC course in November 2018, The new centres are:

  1. AIIMS Rishikesh,
  2. AIIMS Patna,
  3. Narayana Super Speciality Hospital, Howrah, Kolkata,
  4. State Cancer Institute, GMC, Guwahati.

Congratulations to the successful candidates for clearing IAPC exams. Please write to

IAPC Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care

CCEPC Courses 2019Next Batch Starting in June 2019

The next batch of the Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care will start on 1st June 2019. Last date to submit application is 30th April 2019.

Course Fee

Rs. 2800 for Doctors and Rs. 2000 for Nurses

Please contact coordinator of the centre thorough which you are planning to register for the course. Address of all the centres and contact details are available in the course brochure. To download course brochure and application form, please visit


Result – November 2018

Result of November 2018 batch of the Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care will be available by the end of March 2019. For details please contact the centre or email to

IAPC stand on Advance Directives

ELICIT has been working towards seeking clarity and suitable amendment to the convoluted procedures suggested towards the Advance Directives. A Statement was drafted by Dr. Nagesh Simha, under the direction of an expert legal team in reference to advance directives which was circulated to the CC members and uploaded on the IAPC website on 18th August 2018.

IAPC also pointed out serious difficulties with the implementation of the procedures laid down by the Supreme Court. This statement recommends some modifications to this procedure in an attempt to give effect to the spirit of the Supreme Court’s remarkable judgement. This judgement effectively realizes a fundamental law and constitutional principle that is any authentic expression of an individual’s wishes with regard to his/her health care including refusal of life sustaining medical treatment, must be respected.

The IAPC respectfully appeals to the Hon’able Supreme Court to consider the procedural alterations that have been suggested in keeping with national and international professional consensus and jurisdiction elsewhere in the world. Details at

Forthcoming events:

  • The IAPC annual conference 2020 is being organized at Guwahati. You are all cordially invited to attend. For further details please visit this page.
  • Invitation for Workshop on” Reexploring Spirituality in Palliative care” on 3rd and 4rth May 2019 at Tata Memorial Hospital. For details please visit this page.
  • Kochi Declaration will soon be put up on IAPC wesite.
  • ‘Chalo Gaon ke Aur’ has kick-started and a report on this will be put up on website shortly.


For donations to the IAPC

IAPC is a Charitable Organisation and donations can be made by Cheques / DDs, which must be crossed and in favour of “Indian Association of Palliative Care“, and payable at Bokaro Steel City, Bokaro, India. For further information on this write to

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