The biennial Asia Pacific Hospice Conference (APHC) has long been the principal international conference regarding hospice and palliative care in the Asia Pacific region. Taiwan hosted the 4th APHC in 2001, followed by Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, and Malaysia. This year the conference will once again be held in Taiwan at the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) from April 30 to May 03, 2015.
Prof. Chien-Jen Chen, a Hospice Foundation of Taiwan Board Member and Vice President of the Academia Sinica, pointed out that the concept of Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is to bring forward end-of-life care so people may peacefully prepare for death. He said Taiwan would like to share our experience, as hospice and palliative care in Taiwan has been developed to a relatively high level. “Transforming Palliative Care” is the chosen APHC 2015 theme, indicating that death is the transformation of another life stage while lifeform changes day by day. Hopefully both the living and deceased may pass through the transformation in peace, with joy and no regret.
APHC 2015 focuses beyond the Asia-Pacific geographic boundary and on cross-cultural dialogs. Hospice and palliative care experts from developed countries are invited to share their expertise and experience. The Asia-Pacific region is known to be of diverse cultures and is highly influenced by multiple thoughts and religions including Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, while the development of palliative care is highly related to local culture, customs, and traditions. Topics of the conference have been arranged to cover subjects from intangible thanatology and life education to palliative care nursing practices and benefits packages of different social systems.
Participants can have a clear and comprehensive picture of the characteristics of hospice and palliative care in each country.
For more information, please visit the website at www.2015aphc.org