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Welcome to the first EAPC newsletter of 2020!   We wish all of our members, friends and colleagues a happy and healthy new year and would like to thank you for your support.

The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) is a membership organisation dedicated to lobbying and advocating for the promotion and development of palliative care throughout Europe and beyond. Our mission is to influence, promote and advocate for the delivery of high-quality palliative care across the life span by fostering and sharing palliative care education, research, policy and evidence-based practice.  
Early Bird Discount + further 25% off Congress registration fee is available to our members before 15th February
From the 16th February all EAPC members get a 25% reduction off full registration fee.
Before applying for member discounts please ensure that your membership is up-to-date.
Click here to Register for the Congress
With increasing global interest in palliative care research, Palermo is set to be centre stage between 14-16 May 2020 when it hosts the next EAPC World Research Congress. Professor Augusto Caraceni (EAPC Research Network Chair) and Professor Sebastiano Mercadante (Local Organising Committee Chair) extend a warm welcome.  Read recent blog on the Congress here
Palermo - a few updates
Abstract Submission Update 
For those of you who submitted your abstracts for the EAPC 11th World Research Congress … the wait is nearly over…. the abstracts have been marked and you will hear from us before end January.

EAPC Researcher Awards 2020 - will be announced in advance of the Congress. This year there will be two Early Researcher Awards and one Post Doctoral-Award.   View previous winners here

Vittorio Ventafridda Memorial Lecture was established in 2010, in honour of one of the EAPC's founding members, Vittorio Ventafridda.  A keynote speaker is selected by the Scientific Committee to deliver the Vittorio Ventafridda Lecture at each biennial EAPC World Research Network Congress. View previous winners here

The inaugral EAPC Cicely Saunders Award will be awarded at the EAPC Congress in Palermo.  The award is given to an individual who has made a broad contribution to palliative care, either in research, clinical practice or in organisation/policy that has made a difference in the practice of palliative care.  The award is open to all members of the multidisciplinary team (reflecting Dame Cicely's three healthcare professions).  The recipient is nominated and selected by the congress scientific committee. The first recipient of this award will be announced shortly.

May is considered high season for Palermo, so we encourage you to book your hotel as soon as possible - view here. 

Paediatric Palliative Care Satellite Conference Palermo
  • A seminar dedicated to research in paediatric palliative care with a theme ‘Putting Research into Practice’. Topics will include Advance Care Planning; Communication and Interventions in Pain and Symptom Management.
    Read blog here .    Registration is via the congress website
Are you interested in the work of our EAPC Task Forces and Reference Groups?
  • Many of the groups are holding open meetings which delegates can attend during the Palermo congress.   
  • Learn more about the work of these groups, including the process for setting up a new group here
EAPC Research Network Junior Forum - Open Meeting
Junior Forum open meeting will take place during the Congress in Palermo - watch our social media feed and newsletters for more details.

National Member Associations, would you like a stand in Palermo?
  • Did you know as a National Member Association you can have a stand at the EAPC RN Congress in Palermo at a reduced rate? 
  • If you are interested in availing of this offer, contact
Members get 25% off Congress registration fees 

Important : Before applying for member discounts please ensure that you are a current EAPC member. 
Only current* EAPC members registered on EAPC Website are entitled to EAPC benefits.  Click here to register / update / check membership

Members of our 60 National Associations (click to view)  are invited to join / register with the EAPC for FREE and avail of EAPC benefits to include 25% discounted Congress registration fee.

Members can avail of Early Bird Discount PLUS further 25% off Congress registration fee if booked before 15 February. From 16th February our members still receive a 25% reduction off full registration fee.
Announcement of the EAPC General Assembly, Friday 15th May 2020
Board Members of EAPC National Associations, and individual members of the EAPC are invited to attend the EAPC vzw General Assembly 2020
Venue:  Fiera del Mediterraneo, Congress Venue, Palermo. Time:  18.30 h  Room: tbc
Agenda / presentation as follows
  • EAPC Annual Report 2019
  • EAPC Financial Statement 2019  Treasurer, Professor Catherine Walshe
  • Changes to the EAPC by-laws
  • Any other business
Call for Proposal Parallel Sessions - Helsinki, Finland 2021
The 17th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care “Exploring new dimensions” is taking place from the 20-22 May 2021 in Helsinki, Finland.   The Scientific Committee is now seeking proposals for parallel sessions from individuals, EAPC Taskforces, European Research Projects and other groups for the congress programme.  Further details here.
Completed proposals must be received by latest 5pm on 31st January 2020 to
EAPC Task Forces
EAPC Task Forces are formed by interested EAPC members from a range of disciplines and different countries who collaborate together on projects to improve palliative care by working on focused, time limited projects.

Click here to view Task Forces / Join Task Force 

EAPC Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe

Significant work undertaken 2019 by one of the task forces included the publication of the 3rd Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe, click here to view (large pdf)

For background and co-ordination of the new European Atlas - Read blog here 
EAPC Reference Groups
Some Task Forces have evolved into EAPC Reference Groups with a broader scope of work and the ability to deliver on multiple projects.  Recently established reference groups are outlined below - click on links below to view.    Click here to view all Reference Groups.

Aging and Palliative Care
Aims to advance our understanding of palliative care for older people, particularly those with frailty, identify key areas for improving practice, policy and research, and compiling evidence-based practices to improve palliative care for older across a variety of settings.   

Education and Training in Palliative Care 
Aims to ensure that appropriate curricula exist for each profession working in the field of PC at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, supporting the development of professional specialisation, comparable and reproducible assessment systems and research underpinning the evaluation of teaching contents and methods. 

International Palliative Care Family Carer Research Collaboration (IPCFRC)EAPC 
Aims to promote research into evidence-based support for family carers of palliative care patients by fostering interdisciplinary and international research, establishing international partnerships and promoting information exchange. Check out blog post next week for more info.

Spiritual Care
Aims to develop evidence-based care spiritual care models and practices as well as promoting high quality education.
EAPC Research Network

How to contribute to and how to utilise the EAPC RN (Research Network) The EAPC RN offers an open invitation for all healthcare professionals who see the potential in conducting European multicentre research, to take part in developing a platform for this type of research within the EAPC RN.

EAPC Research Network Junior Forum   The Junior Forum was established for young researchers to become an integral part of the solution to providing better palliative care. The initiative has been motivated by the wish of young researchers to work with international colleagues with similar levels of experience.
RN Junior Forum will be hosting an open meeting during the Congress in Palermo - watch our social media feed and newsletters for more details.
Further details on EAPC RN

European Union H2020 projects
The EAPC is currently involved in a range of large international projects which have received funding from the European Union H2020 and Erasmus+ programmes.  Click here to view
Interested in Paediatric Palliative Care?
 Kristiansand, Norway   
2-4 September 2020

Registration & abstract submission is now open
EAPC will be co-hosting a Paediatric Palliative Care Congress, for the first time with one of our national member association, the Norwegian Association for Children’s Palliative Care (FFB), Norway. 

See the full line up
here will ensure that this congress is a valuable learning experience for delegates.  Read recent blog here.
Want to advertise your Palliative Care Event?
EAPC Members can advertise Palliative Care events on our Calendar of Events page. 

Click here to complete on-line application.
Palliative Medicine: EAPC Members are eligible for a reduced rate individual subscription:  Click here 
Journal of Palliative Medicine:  EAPC Members are eligible for a substantial discount on the individual online subscription price. Click here
European Journal of Palliative Care (now closed)
EAPC members can find a range of comments and articles previously published in the EJPC, click here.  Thanks to the journal's publishers, PMGroup and Hayward Medical Publishing, everyone can now enjoy FREE access to the entire EJPC archive, with around 2,000 journal articles.   Click here to register and browse. 
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2019 Top Ten most-viewed posts on EAPC blog – we’ve got news for you!
Next week on the EAPC blog, we'll be announcing the Top Ten most-viewed posts for the first six months of 2019 … Check out the blog on Monday 20 January to find out who!
International Year of the Nurse 202... the EAPC is delighted to launch a special series of 12 monthly posts to honour the work of nurses who work in palliative care.  Click link for sneak preview of what you can expect throughout the coming year, recent blog.
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  • EAPC Membership is updated in January of each year.
  • Before applying for 25% discounted Congress registration fee please have current membership in place.  
Are you a member of one of the EAPC National Associations?   Membership Benefits
  • Networking with 60 National Associations and individual members from 55 countries worldwide.
  • 25% discount on EAPC Congress registration.
  • Weekly updates on latest topical issues for best practice in palliative care.
  • Discounts on a range of books and subscriptions to our two official journals, Palliative Medicine and Journal of Palliative Medicine.
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