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Key Dates

  • 15 May 2019Program announced
  • 24 May 2019Scholarship Applications Close
  • 24 June 2019Scholarship Notifications
  • 30 June 2019Early bird closes

*Please note dates are subject to change at the discretion of the Organising Committee

10-13 September 2019

Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2019

In September 2019 the palliative care sector will gather in the beautiful location of Perth, Australia for the 2019 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference #19OPCC, formerly the Australian Palliative Care Conference.

Proudly hosted by Palliative Care Australia, the Conference will attract the decision makers of today, the future leaders of tomorrow, policy influencers and those involved in the latest research and thinking about palliative care and end of life care on a national and international scale. The 2019 conference will be held at Perth Convention Centre from 10–13 September 2019.

Since its launch 30 years ago, our conference has provided a curated program that informs and inspires professionals, volunteers and consumers. You will meet clinicians, researchers, allied health practitioners, educators, carers and more who have a passion for palliative care.

Conference Theme

Universal Access: Oceans of Opportunities

The theme for the inaugural Oceanic Palliative Care Conference is Universal Access: Oceans of Opportunities. The theme will allow for exploration of palliative care as a human right and what can be done to ensure people from underserved populations can access palliative care and have their pain and other symptoms managed at the end of life.

The conference will promote the concept that palliative care should be available to everyone, regardless of their location, age, income, diagnosis, prognosis, gender, sexual orientation, social background or cultural origin.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists palliative care as a human right to health but currently worldwide only 14% of people of people who need palliative care receive it.

By bringing people from across the globe together for three days of thoughtful, inspiring and practical discussions, delegates will leave armed with information and resources to improve palliative care in their regions.

Be part of the pre-conference activities!!

Optional Workshops & Tours are taking place on Tuesday 10 September

Featured Speakers

Dr Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau
Oversees Palliative Care within the Department of Service Delivery and Safety (SDS), World Health Organization (WHO), Switzerland – Dr Bouësseau will present via video

Dr Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau is an Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the area of Service Delivery and Safety, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Bouësseau is highly experienced in the field of public health ethics and is an influential global leader in innovative service delivery. She currently co-ordinates a range of WHO projects, including a global initiative on genomics and global health; collaborative work on the strengthening of integrated palliative care and ethical aspects of quality of care and clinical intervention.

Dr Roslie Shaw OAM
Palliative Care Consultant and former Executive Director of Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network

Dr Roslie Shaw OAM established the Palliative Care Unit at Hollywood Repatriation General Hospital in 1981 and was later appointed at Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care in the Department of Community Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia.  When based in Singapore she was involved in the establishment of palliative care services in Asia as Medical Director of Hospice Care Association, was Medical Director of Dover Park Hospice, was a Visiting Consultant KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital; a Consultant for the Department of Palliative Medicine, National Cancer Centre Singapore and was the Executive Director of Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network 1999 – 2009.  On 26 January 2011, Dr Shaw was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to medicine.

Margaret Leong (Fiji)
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Fiji and Acting Chair of the South Pacific Chief Nursing Officers’ Alliance

Margaret Leong is passionate about Nursing and championed the 1st formal Palliative nursing position in Fiji. She is working with nurses to develop Clinical Specialization and Advance Nursing practice pathways in Fiji. She has an understanding of regional health challenges due to a previous regional role as Infection Prevention and Control Consultant and current position on The South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA).

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  • It was a life and career changing experience for me. Very much a valued experience that has encouraged me to advocate for better palliative care for residents.

    APPC17 Delegate
  • It is such an honour and a privilege to meet skilled communicators who are passionate about the work that they do. I feel enthused, uplifted and energised and have already put some of the ideas I heard into practice.

    APPC17 Delegate
  • I was so inspired by all the talks and walked away motivated to make this a focus in my career.

    APPC17 Delegate
  • This was my 7th APCC and it was far and away the best one

    APPC17 Delegate
  • ….a truly great conference. I have attended several conferences in my postgraduate student life and the APCC was absolutely THE BEST one!

    APPC17 Delegate
  • It was an excellent week and the wide range of presentation topics were excellent and very informative for a health professional. Thank you!

    APPC17 Delegate
  • It was an excellent week and the wide range of presentation topics were excellent and very informative for a health professional.

    APPC17 Delegate
  • Was an unexpectedly excellent conference.

    APPC17 Delegate
  • I feel enthused, uplifted and energised and have already put some of the ideas I heard into practice.

    APPC17 Delegate

#19OPCC Early-bird closes 30 June 2019 - book now and save $$

ANZSPM members don't forget you can access an ANZSPM member discount on your early bird registration for #19OPCC!

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