Dear colleagues and friends,
We are planning an exciting and engaging programme for the upcoming Singapore Palliative Care Conference (SPCC). The main themes are “embracing the person in palliative care”, “engaging partners for excellence in palliative care” and “envisioning the future of palliative care”. Workshops will address clinically relevant and immediately applicable topics such as ethics, palliative care nursing, palliative care in neurodegenerative diseases, breathlessness management, psychosocial therapies for the general healthcare providers and serious illness conversations..
The main conference will have a stellar line-up of local and international speakers to inspire us in the field of palliative care and beyond. The topics will be relevant to both specialist palliative care providers, as well as generalist palliative care providers in neighbouring fields of practice such as family medicine, respiratory medicine, cardiology, renal medicine, oncology and geriatrics, among others. Programme highlights include pain management, burnout and resilience, dementia care, palliative care education and ethics.
Nonetheless, we are facing unprecedented times with the escalating Covid-19 situation globally. In light of this, we are postponing the conference to March 2021. We have contacted our local and overseas speakers; most have indicated their commitment to speak at the re-scheduled SPCC and we hope to keep most of the planned scientific programme. We will also have additional content on emerging topics such as the provision of palliative care during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the midst of all the uncertainties, we remain hopeful that brighter days lie ahead. We look forward to welcoming you to SPCC in March 2021! SPCC promises to be a great opportunity for learning, rediscovering our inspiration for holistic clinical practice, and reconnecting with old friends as well as making new ones in the ever-widening palliative care community. Until we meet – take care and keep well!
Dr Grace YANG
Scientific Committee Chair