News and Events

This section contains important News and Events for IPPCN members.

News from France - Primary Palliative Care

posted Apr 7, 2016, 6:31 PM by Joel Rhee

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

posted Mar 20, 2016, 7:07 PM by Joel Rhee   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 7:07 PM ]

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:

News from the recent WHO technical advisory group meeting

posted Oct 18, 2015, 7:08 PM by Joel Rhee

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.

International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care

posted Feb 24, 2015, 7:17 PM by Joel Rhee

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 session on Advance Care Planning in Primary Care. We would really welcome any abstracts about ACP and end-of-life care in the community! Abstracts close soon on 1 March 2015. For further information please visit the ACPEL 2015

IPPCN 2015 meeting at the EAPC World Congress in Copenhagen

posted Jan 29, 2015, 3:39 PM by Joel Rhee

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 8-10, 2015 (

EAPC 2015

We are currently in the process of organising an agenda for the meeting, so if any of the members have any issues that they would like raised at the meeting please let us know!

Ca-PRI 2015 conference - call for abstracts and registration

posted Jan 6, 2015, 3:47 PM by Joel Rhee   [ updated Jan 6, 2015, 3:49 PM ]



Deadline for submission of abstract

18 January 2015

Notification of acceptance of abstract

16 February 2015

Early Bird registration deadline

1 April 2015

Low cancellation administration fee

20 April 2015

Conference Dates

20 – 22 May 2015

Conference theme

The scientific programme includes a range of different topics on the conference theme:

“The escalating cancer challenge – essential roles for primary care”.

Everybody with an interest in cancer and primary care, across the cancer care continuum is warmly invited to participate. We hope that you will join us and share your latest knowledge in the field.



The escalating cancer challenge and primary care research over the next ten years
Frede Olesen, Professor, Director, The Research Unit for General Practice, Aarhus University and The Danish Cancer Society, Denmark.

Why are we talking about the escalating cancer challenge?

Jes Søgaard, Professor, Aarhus University, Head of Department, The Danish Cancer Society, Denmark.

Early detection of cancer in the future – and an affordable healthcare system?

Greg Rubin, GP, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care of the Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University, United Kingdom.

Rehabilitation and physical activity – role of primary care?

Amtul Razzaq Carmichael, Professor, Consultant Specialist Breast Surgeon , Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, United Kingdom.

Anticipatory palliative care: the role of the general practitioner

Yvonne Engels, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Medicine, RadboudUMC, Esmo Collaborating Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Good news from France: a primary palliative care research project was selected for funding by the French Ministry of Health

posted Jan 1, 2015, 4:43 PM by Joel Rhee

Good news from France: a primary palliative care research project was selected for funding by the French Ministry of Health!
This will consist of a 4 years mixed-methods study in multiprofessional primary health care centers throughout France. The project intends to evaluate a complex intervention relying on an interprofessional training (based on simulation), aiming to promote anticipatory care planning in primary health care, and more broadly, to facilitate access to specialist resources in palliative care.

Co-Principal Investigators are Dr Maxime Gignon1, 2, 3,MD, PhD, lecturer in public health, and Dr Sébastien Moine3, 4, MD, PhD candidate, general practitioner and physician in a palliative care mobile team. 

1 Universitary Hospital of Amiens (UHA)
2 Medical Simulation Center CPA SimUSanté® (UHA)
3 Research Department on Practices and Education in Health, Paris 13 University, Bobigny
4 Multiprofessional Primary Health Care Center « The Vines of the Abbey », Saint-Just en Chaussée

For further details please contact Dr Sébastien Moine:

Twitter account: @s_moine

News from India: palliative care now recognised as a central part of health care

posted Dec 10, 2014, 6:57 PM by Joel Rhee

This month's issue of IAHPC newsletter highlighted an important change in the Indian government's health care policy. The government has enacted policy changes recognising palliative care as a central part of the their healthcare, and which will make a huge difference to things like palliative care education and availability of narcotics.

4th International Public Health & Palliative Care Conference 2015

posted Dec 4, 2014, 3:13 AM by Joel Rhee

The 4th International Public Health & Palliative Care Conference will be held from 11th to 16th May 2015 in Bristol, United Kingdom.

For further information, or to submit an abstract or register please go to their webpage.

Palliative care in Lebabon - Annual report

posted Jun 21, 2014, 10:59 PM by Joel Rhee

We have received the Annual report of the Lebanese Center for Palliative care, Balsom. Our colleagues in Lebanon have achieved extraordinary milestones in a short three years since the inception of the Center. This year, Palliative Medicine was recognised as a medical specialty by the Ministry of Public Health. Also, they were instrumental in establishing a palliative care service in the American University Beirut Medical Center, the largest teaching hospital in Lebanon.

Read the report here.

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