Conference Information

About the Conference

Themed “Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts”, the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2017 brings together experts and practitioners from the region and around the world to share their knowledge and experience with the aim of improving hospice and palliative care within the Asia Pacific region.

Join us at this biennial conference, co-organised by the Singapore Hospice Council and the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network.



Love.  Compassion. Excellence. Unity.

These are the values depicted by the four hearts forming the logo of the 12th Asia-Pacific Hospice Conference 2017.

The motif was inspired by the distinctive features you’ll find on what are known as majolica tiles: beautiful, vibrant and colourful ceramic tiles that once decorated the walls and furnishings of every Peranakan home.

The Peranakan community arose from cross-cultural marriages between Chinese immigrant traders and local women in the region, and came to prominence in 19th- and 20th-century British Malaya. As a result, the Peranakans had a unique cultural identity, a rich heritage whose hallmark was the union of customs and traditions found in Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures.

The beauty of this unity in diversity is what the co-organisers hope to reflect in this year’s conference theme: Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts.

We recognise that, alone, we do not exert as powerful, meaningful and useful a force, than if we came together.

Half a century ago, the late Dame Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher’s Hospice in south London. Its establishment in 1967 is widely recognised as the start of the modern hospice movement. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding, let us look forward to advancing the standards of hospice and palliative care in the Asia-Pacific, as one.

About the Organisers

The Singapore Hospice Council (SHC), established in 1995 and currently a registered charity and Institute of Public Character (IPC), is the umbrella body representing all the organisations actively providing hospice and palliative care in Singapore today. The SHC is committed to improving the lives of patients with serious life-limiting illnesses and to giving support to the loved ones of these patients. It aims to coordinate and promote hospice and palliative care in Singapore; support the training of doctors, nurses, caregivers and volunteers; contribute towards research and help establish standards in palliative care practice; and educate the public about hospice and palliative care. It acts as the voice of hospice and palliative care within Singapore and internationally.

The SHC has 15 members, nine of which are full members – Agape Methodist Hospice, Assisi Hospice, Bright Vision Hospital, Dover Park Hospice, HCA Hospice Care, Metta Hospice Care, Singapore Cancer Society, St. Andrew’s Community Hospital and St Joseph’s Home and Hospice. Five special members comprising of Palliative Care Services in government re-structured hospitals in Singapore – Changi General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, National Cancer Centre Singapore and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Lien Centre for Palliative Care is an affiliate member.

The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) is the regional association for hospice and palliative care in Asia and the Pacific. Founded in 2001 and legally registered as a charity in Singapore, the APHN is dedicated to promoting hospice and palliative care in the Asia Pacific region. It aims to empower and support organisations and individuals committed to alleviating suffering from life-threatening illness through the establishment of programmes and services.

The Network promotes education and skills development, enhances awareness and communication, and fosters research and collaboration. It encourages exchanges and sharing of ideas and skills among its members who come from countries with different cultures and at different stages of development.

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