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.

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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.

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 Ebtesam (Sammi) Ahmed (Egypt)
Board, IAHPC & Clinical Professor for the Department of Clinical Health Professions at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Ebtesam (Sammi) Ahmed is a Clinical Professor for the Department of Clinical Health Professions at St John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York. Dr Ahmed has a particular interest in the role of pharmacists in palliative care and is a much respected advocate for global access to controlled substances for pain management.
As a member of the African Palliative Care Association she is involved in planning regional drug advocacy workshops for pharmacists to increase opioid availability and accessibility. Dr Ahmed joined the IAHPC Board of Directors in 2019. She coordinated the second phase of the Opioid Price Watch Project (OPW), a project to monitor and report the dispensing price of opioids around the world.

Dr Richard Thurlow (New Zealand)
Chair, Hospice New Zealand and CEO of Waipuna Hospice, Tauranga NZ

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the hospice & health care industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Strategic Partnerships. Strong business development professional with a PhD focused in Pharmacology from University of Cambridge. Recently Achieved Chartered Membership of Institute of Directors. Richard has been Chair of Hospice NZ for the past 18 months.

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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

In honour of #WorldOTDay, we are celebrating the fantastic work of our Occupational Therapists.

Find out about Marissa's 3-year experience working as an OT in the #HammondCare Palliative Care team and discover the roles we have available: http://ow.ly/hlxg50C3lmh

Read in our Oct news our #digital projects updates '...before COVID-19, we knew that technology & the digital world needed to be part of our thinking. We now recognise that technology may be even more important in supporting #AgedCare' Prof @JenniferTieman https://mailchi.mp/flinders/oct2020

"You will find within yourself when you do this kind of work probably the best person you've seen in yourself..." Sara Fleming, providing care to a child who is dying #pedpc #paediatric #palliativecare

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