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Welcome to the webpage of the International Primary Palliative Care Network.

The Network comprises general practitioners, family practitioners, and researchers from a range of disciplines including social sciences and oncology from several countries. Every continent is represented in our membership.

The aim of the group is to provide collegiate support to like-minded individuals, who are committed to see palliative care practiced as a core part of comprehensive primary care practice. This involves advocating for improved recognition of the role of primary care in the delivery of palliative care. The group also aims to encourage primary palliative care researchers to present their work and to explore the possibilities of international collaboration. Finally, the group recognises the huge need for palliative care in developing countries and hope to assist local practitioners in these areas to develop sustainable and effective services.

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Third issue of the IPPCN Newsletter (2016.1)

Click here to download the third edition of the IPPCN newsletter.

Advancing palliative care in Lebanon: Balsam

This short film was produced by Balsam - the Lebanese Center for Palliative Care with the aim of clarifying the concept of palliative care and increasing awareness about the work that they are doing to advance palliative care in Lebanon.


News from France - Primary Palliative Care

A new National Plan for Palliative Care 2015-2018 has been launched in France, last December.

€190 million will be allocated to patients’ information (Axis 1), education, research and knowledge dissemination (Axis 2), community palliative care (Axis 3), and universal access to palliative care (Axis 4).

For the first time in France, primary care professionals will be directly mobilised in the integration of palliative care in the continuum of care. Early identification of palliative needs will be promoted by regional health agencies.

Dr Sébastien Moine, a GP and a member of the IPPCN is co-ordinating a task force aiming to implementing Axis 3 of the plan (Developing community palliative care ).

Primary Palliative Care in Nepal

Nepal has many challenges in providing healthcare to 83% of its population who live in rural areas, particularly relating to its low-income status and its mountainous terrain which makes health services in many remote areas difficult to sustain. However, Nepal is committed to training GPs to work in the rural areas and these doctors have been identified as key to developing appropriate and affordable palliative care. Primary palliative care featured prominently in a recent forum hosted by the Nepalese Association for Palliative Care (NAPCare) to promote the development of a national strategy for palliative care. A fuller report can be read at: http://www.ehospice.com/ArticleView/tabid/10686/ArticleId/18769/language/en-GB/View.aspx

Second issue of the IPPCN Newsletter (2015.2)

Click here to download the second edition of the IPPCN newsletter.

News from the recent WHO technical advisory group meeting

14-16 October, Dublin

Scott Murray attended a meeting of the WHO technical advisory group to promote integrated palliative care, and mentioned the work of our group, and gave advice based on our primary care perspective. He emphasised the important of identifying patients in all settings so that they can access palliative care. The skills and tools needed to do this must be developed urgently. Other members of the group also attended the excellent Colloquium hosted by the Irish Institute and the WHO.

News from Brazil

The project 'Being by your side' is a pioneering initiative in Primary Palliative Care in Brazil, started by the family doctor, Santiago Rodríguez Correa and nurse, Carla Mazuko.

It was registered as extension project of Fundação Universidade Federal do Rio Grande and is supported by the University of Edinburgh, the University of Queensland and the IPPCN. Read all about it here (original article in Portugese can be accessed here). They also have a Facebook page. As part of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (10th October), EAPC has also published a blog about their efforts here.

First issue of the IPPCN Newsletter

Click here to download the inaugural edition of the IPPCN newsletter.

News from France

An interesting article by Dr Sébastien Moine was published in the BMJ about the development of Palliative Care in France and the role played by Primary Care.

Family Physician Conference in Slovenia, June 2015

Please click here to download a copy of the presentation on Primary Palliative Care at the Family Physicians conference in Slovenia.

International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care

ACPEL 2015

This biennial international conference was held in Munich, Germany from 9 to 12 September 2015. Professor Scott Murray and Dr Joel Rhee of IPPCN co-chaired the session on Advance Care Planning in Primary Care. For further information please visit the ACPEL 2015

Palliative Care News

An interesting and thought-provoking article on the development of palliative care in Uganda, Africa and Serbia.

Ca-PRI conference, 2015

The 2015 Ca-PRI conference was held from 20-22 May 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark. IPPCN members presented several important papers and posters. Click here for a copy of the slides presented at the IPPCN breakout meeting during the conference. 



Public Health & Palliative Care Conference, 2015

A number of IPPCN members attended the 4th International Public Health & Palliative Care Conference in Bristol, United Kingdom.

IPPCN 2015 Meeting at the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark

The 2015 meeting of IPPCN was held at the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. IPPCN was hard at work as evidenced by this photo:


Professor Scott Murray presented on how EAPC Primary Palliative Care Toolkit could be used to develop community-based palliative care in Europe. Click here for a copy of the presentation.

2014 IPPCN Annual Meeting, New York USA

Twenty people attended the 2014 meeting of IPPCN, held in conjunction with the Annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Network. Click here for a full report.

EAPC Primary Palliative Care Taskforce

For information on the EAPC Primary Palliative Care taskforce click here.

Recent Announcements

  • 2015 IPPCN Meetings This year IPPCN will be having two meetings coinciding with:The EAPC Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark;Ca-Pri conference in Aarhus, Denmark.More detail on the dates and location of ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2015, 6:00 PM by Joel Rhee
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Recent News and Events

  • News from France - Primary Palliative Care A new National Plan for Palliative Care 2015-2018 has been launched in France, last December. €190 million will be allocated to patients’ information (Axis 1), education, research and knowledge ...
    Posted Apr 7, 2016, 6:31 PM by Joel Rhee
  • Primary Palliative Care in Nepal Nepal has many challenges in providing healthcare to 83% of its population who live in rural areas, particularly relating to its low-income status and its mountainous terrain which makes ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2016, 7:07 PM by Joel Rhee
  • News from the recent WHO technical advisory group meeting 14-16 October, DublinScott Murray attended a meeting of the WHO technical advisory group to promote integrated palliative care, and mentioned the work of our group, and gave advice ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2015, 7:08 PM by Joel Rhee
  • International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care This biennial international conference will be held in Munich, Germany from 9 to 12 September 2015. Professor Scott Murray and Dr Joel Rhee of IPPCN will be co-chairing the ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2015, 7:17 PM by Joel Rhee
  • IPPCN 2015 meeting at the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen Following the successful meeting in New York City last year, the 2015 meeting of IPPCN will take place at the 14th World Congress of the EAPC in Copenhagen Denmark, May ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2015, 3:39 PM by Joel Rhee
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