Key Dates

  • 10 December 2018Call for abstracts opened
  • 6 March 2019Abstract submissions closed
  • End April 2019Author notifications
  • 16 May 2019Program announced
  • 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

Confirmed Experts

Dr Christian Ntizimira
International Human Rights Keynote Speaker (Rwanda)

Masters Candidate, Harvard Medical School (Global Health and Social Medicine); City Manager, Kigali, C/Can 2025, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
2018 Policy/advocacy Champion Award, World Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA)

Prof Fran Baum AO
Social Determinants of Health - Keynote Speaker & Panel Facilitator

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University. 

Dr Ursula King
Master of Ceremonies (MC)

Senior Facilitator, Pam McLean Centre, Sydney Medical School
Fellow, Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine
Early Management of Severe Trauma/Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons


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Perth, Western Australia

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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

Thanks to a significant $7.5 million Commonwealth grant from the Coalition Government, we are in a position to make our vision become a reality by providing better support to children with complex medical needs well into the future. Read more now:

Great to see @NRHAlliance Conference includes #PalliativeCare, rural #compassion, & telepalliative care. Check out @CareSearch for resources on how to support people in rural & remote areas

Continuing our Connecting End of Life Care in North Queensland (CELC-NQ) practice development programs at Eventide Aged Care Facility in Charters Towers and the @NQPHN in Townsville.

The #CELC NQ project is administered by PCQ and supported by funding from @NQPHN

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