Job Opening in Palliative Care for Physicians & Nurses

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iapcon 2020 Abstract submission last date: 30th November 2019

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What is palliative care?

Palliative care is the active total care applicable from the time of diagnosis, aimed at improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing serious life-limiting illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering from pain and other physical symptoms as well as psychological, social and spiritual distress through socially acceptable and affordable interventions.

Benefits of IAPC Membership

  • You can attend Annual Conferences of IAPC by paying Registration fees at discount rates.
  • You can contest for Best Paper / Poster Award.
  • You can become Central Council member, can represent your zone in IAPC meetings.
  • You can get elected to the posts of office bearer and President of IAPC.
  • You can actively participate in various activities of IAPC, share your expertise, knowledge and other skills for advocacy, awareness and education of Palliative Medicine.
  • You will have voting rights and can elect representative from your zone / state / city.
  • You can be Editor of Indian Journal of Palliative Care.
  • You could be selected to represent IAPC in various Government meetings.
  • You will get a chance to become National Palliative care faculty based on your experience and qualifications.


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List of CCEPC trained Professionals

Medical Professionals in North India, who are trained by our Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care, are offering their services to help patients. View the list HERE

List of Oral Morphine retailers in India

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Submit Details of Palliative Care Centres

For submitting address of new Palliative Centre or for correcting address of Palliative Centre that is present in our directory, please click HERE

Certificate Course in Essentials of PC

CCEPC Courses 2019

IAPC Annual Conference, IAPCON 2020

Past Conference Venue, Organising Secretary, President, Secretary & Treasurer

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Losing a loved one is a grief which is hard to cope with. An online bereavement support service has been started to reach the families of patients who needs support and help. Bereavement Support India offers online counselling to people in distress.
Kind courtsey: Dr. Savita Butola.


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As part of our working group to develop a position statement for IAPC in relation to palliative care in humanitarians setting we have developed a survey. It also contains an invitation to a pre-conference workshop.

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Register now! This prestigious award is for young doctors in India for their excellence in Palliative Medicine.

Participate and win! National level online screening test is open. Register

~: IAPC Central Council Members Election, 2020, Guwahati :~

Election to the Central Council of Indian Association of Palliative Care for the year 2020 will be held during the Annual General Meeting, in February 2020 in Guwahati. Vacancies open for the year are as follows:

Central Council Members

The term of Central Council Members is for 2 years.

Eligibility for the post: For the post of Central Council Member, the applicant must have an uninterrupted membership of Association for at least 3 years on the date of being nominated.


Vacancy: 2 (J & K, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttaranchal, Delhi and UP).


Vacancy: 2 (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telengana)


Vacancy: 1 (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP, Goa, Daman & Diu, Dada Nagar).


Vacancy: 2 (WB, Orissa, Bihar, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh).

North East

Vacancy: 2 (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura).

Overseas members

Vacancy: 3

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IAPCON 2020, Gauwhati official website

Old website is defunct. Visit the new website HERE

As The Filmfare awards are going to be conducted on 15th Feb 2020, in Guwahati, all the hotels will be booked. Therefore we request all the delegates to book their hotels for accommodation, before 15th Nov’19 .

Kindly contact Mr. Anand Das for bookings at low rate. (Mob: +919864045457)

Laugh At Death

In a society like ours, where talking about death is a taboo, some people who are terminally ill, not only accept death but also come to terms with it in the most fascinating manner… by joking about it.

Introducing #LaughAtDeath – A topic that makes you cry your heart out becomes a topic that makes you laugh your guts out.

Together We Choose

End-of-life care concerns us all. We need to talk about dying with dignity as it is an important part of life. Quality of death matters as much as quality of life.

The quality of death index in the 2010 report on a study commissioned by Lien Foundation ranked India the lowest among 40 countries. How we care for life at the end is a good indicator of our society’s health.

Critical care has an important role in conditions that are reversible. However, when these measures cease to have the desired effect, they only serve to prolong the process of dying.

It is important to recognise this process and the distress associated with it. At this stage, palliative care can help to preserve quality of life, reduce pain and suffering, and maintain dignity.
Together We choose

  • To recognise that it is natural for life to end.
  • To respect the patient as an individual who deserves, compassion, comfort, dignity, peace and hope.
  • To ensure good quality of life for the patient and the family through palliative care.
  • To achieve good pain and symptom control and to alleviate suffering by ensuring access to affordable medicines.
  • To empower the patient and the family to have honest and empathetic communication about terminal illness and the dying process.
  • To honour and implement the patient’s preferences regarding end-of-life care.
  • To provide bereavement support to the family after the patient moves on.
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IAPC Newsletter: January 2020

From the President’s Desk Wishing all the members of Indian Association of Palliative Care, a very Happy New Year-2020, the last year of the decade.  I want to thank you all for the excellent and constructive work we did in 2019. We have achieved a lot in the previous year and lot more need to…

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XVlII Annual Conference on Evidence Based Management of Cancers in India

Palliative Medicine – Current Concepts and Controversies 28th February to 1st March, 2020. Pre conference workshop 27th February, 2020. Venue: Tata Memorial Centre     ORGANISING CHAIRPERSON Jayita Deodhar M A Muckaden   ORGANISING SECRETARY Arunangshu Ghoshal Anuja Damani   PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Anorexia Cachexia Syndrome Early Palliative Care in Cancer Chronic Breathlessness Syndrome Cancer Related…

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Death and Dying: Negotiating the Maze

Karunashraya has organised a symposium on Death and Dying – Negotiating the Maze, on Saturday 9th (1:30 PM to 5:30 PM) and Sunday 10th (9:30 AM to 2:00 PM) November 2019. The topics are very interesting with eminent speakers participating. We have arranged for live streaming and the links (either of the two) are:…

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Palliative Care in India – A SWOT Analysis

Palliative Care in India – A SWOT Analysis Dr. Divya Mishra MD, M.Med, NFPM Consulting Physician, LBSNAA, Mussoorie Yesterday, 12th October was the occasion of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and as part of the palliative care community of providers, I observed a unique celebration of the concept on the logo- ‘My Care, My…

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Pediatric Palliative Care Training Opportunities in Hyderabad

Pediatric Palliative Care Training at MNJ Institute of Oncology, Hyderabad in partnership with Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation, is providing training opportunities for: 1 Year Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Palliative Medicine AND 1 Month Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Palliative Care Organization Information MNJ Regional Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology (MNJ) In July 2006 the…

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‘Continuing Nursing Education Programme’ Palliative care

Update by GB Pant Hospital in association with DNipcare on 30th August 2019 Dr. Rathi Balachandran, Assistant Director General Nursing, Ministry of Health & FW, Govt. of India, inaugurated the ‘Continuing Nursing Education Programme’ Palliative Care: An Update. Dr. Saveena Raheja, Incharge, Palliative Care Unit, Vardhman Mahavira Medical College (VMMC) and Safdarjang Hospital, Dr. (Prof.)…

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Annual Memorial Service at Bangalore Baptist Hospital

Annual Memorial Service at Bangalore Baptist Hospital Commemorating World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2019 To commemorate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, Bangalore Baptist Hospital conducted a memorial service on Friday, 11th October 2019. This event is conducted annually to remember patients who passed away in the past year under the care of the…

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iapcayush2019 – A Report

Palliative Care spreads wings to expand its horizon to other medical stream A pioneering effort by Indian Association of Palliative Care A national workshop on palliative care – AYUSH integration – iapcayush2019 – as part of a pilot project of the Indian Association of Palliative Care, was held on 25th August 2019 at Helpers of…

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Palliative Care Research Workshop

Conducted by Department of Palliative Care & Psycho-oncology, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata This workshop was conducted on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Palliative care is a relatively new field in India and hence holds the potential for active research to generate knowledge based on local settings and environment. With this background, a research workshop was conceptualized…

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Volunteer Training Programme kickstarts in Bihar

A Certificate course for community volunteers in Palliative Care was conducted on 6th and 7th July 2019 at Mahavir Cancer Sansthan & Research Centre,Patna, under IAPC. This curriculum was inaugrated by Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, President, IAPC. This course was coordinated by Dr. Rita Rani, Palliative care Incharge at MCSRC. Thirty candidates from different walks of…

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Volunteer Training Programme in the North East

More than 40 volunteers were imparted training in palliative care on 23rd and 24th May, 2019 at State Cancer Institute, GMC, Assam by Dr. Dinesh Chandra Goswami, Dr. Kabindra, Dr. Sabitri, Dr. Kalpajit as faculties from SCI and Dr. Arun Deka as coordinator.        

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Cancer awareness and palliative care Sensitization Campaign

The DNipCare (Delhites’ National Initiative in Palliative Care) held a Cancer Awareness & Palliative Care Sensitization Campaign at the St. Basil Church, Sector 3, Rohini, Delhi on 5th May 2019. Rev. Father Bineesh Babu inaugurated the Campaign. The following esteemed persons consucted the campaign: Dr. Anjana Saxena (Ex-Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare),…

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International Award for Excellence in Palliative Care 2019-2020

CANCER AID SOCIETY invites Nominations for the “International Award for Excellence in Palliative Care”.

Separate Awards shall be given under 3 different Categories:

1. Doctors
2. Nurses/ other Paramedical
3. Volunteers/ Social Workers/ Other Individuals

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About IAPC

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) was set up on March 16, 1994 in consultation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government of India as a national forum to connect, support and motivate individuals and institutions involved in palliative care.

APC is committed to end the needless suffering due to persistent severe pain. IAPC Opioid availability Task Force consists of Coordinator – Dr. S Bhatnagar, and Members – Dr. Rajagopal, Dr. NageshTripti Tandon, Gayatri Palat, Nandini Vallath and Dr. Naveen Salins.

This team is working with the central government to translate the amended law into implemented practices in different parts of the country. It is also in the process of developing structured training program, to enable champions from different regions of India in improving the access and availability of essential narcotic Drugs for medical use in their local regions.

Those interested in committing to this task for at least 2 years – may send an email expressing their interest to the National Information Officer ( by October 2nd with copy to Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar (

If you are otherwise involved or interested in palliative care, as a beneficiary or provider, student or researcher, join IAPC to gain from networking with the best practitioners across India and the world.



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