The 19OPCC Conference Program will be designed following consultation with the industry, through submissions via the Call for Abstract process and from learnings and feedback from the 2017 Conference in Adelaide.

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.

Important Dates

  • 10 December 2018Call for abstracts online portal opens - World Human Rights Day
  • 6 March 2019Abstract submissions close
  • March–April 2019Review period
  • 16 May 2019Program announced - Dying Matters Awareness Week
  • 28 June 2019Presenter registration closes

Program Overview

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Pre-Conference Workshops & Study Tours

Discover Western Australia Tours

Exhibition bump-in

Welcome ‘Cocktail’ Experience (included) within Exhibition

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Full Day Conference & Exhibition

Presidents’ Reception (invite only)

Taste of Perth Dinners (optional)

Thursday 12 September 2019

Meet the Experts Breakfast (Optional)

Full Day Conference & Exhibition

Gala & Palliative Care Awards Dinner (included)

Friday 13 September 2019

Full Day Conference & Exhibition

Conference close 4pm

Exhibition bump-out from 2pm

*Program subject to change. Refer to registration pages for networking inclusions and costs.

Call for Abstracts NOW CLOSED – Full program available 16 May 

The program will present multiple issues and a diversity of voices from many disciplines. The program will be designed around the following focus areas, all linking back into the overall theme of the conference, Universal Access: Oceans of Opportunity:

  • Aged Care
  • Allied Health 
  • Community
  • Dementia
  • Disability intersection
  • Diversity
  • Ethical challenges in end of life
  • First Nations
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • Homelessness
  • Medications/Pharmacy
  • Mental health intersection
  • Non-malignant/non-cancer
  • Paediatrics
  • Palliative care in low & middle-income countries
  • Primary Care/General Practice
  • Prisons
  • Public Health approach
  • Quality improvements & service delivery
  • Refugees
  • Rural & Remote
  • Self-care
  • Social determinants
  • Spirituality
  • Technology
  • Underserved populations