Interested in paediatric palliative care? A date for your diaries…

The European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) is teaming up with the Norwegian Association for Children’s Palliative Care (FFB) to present a three-day congress on paediatric palliative care. Julie Ling, Chief Executive, EAPC, and Natasha Pedersen, Founder and Chief Executive, FFB explain.

Left to right: Natasha Pedersen (Chief Executive and Founder, Norwegian Association for Children’s Palliative Care) and Julie Ling, Chief Executive, European Association for Palliative Care. .

For the first time, the EAPC will be co-hosting a congress on paediatric palliative care with one of our national member associations, the Norwegian Association for Children’s Palliative Care (FFB), Norway. The European Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care #PPC2020 will take place in Kristiansand, Norway, 2 to 4 September 2020.

The scientific committee have developed an exceptional programme covering a range of contemporary issues in paediatric palliative care, including:

  • neonatal palliative care,
  • pain and symptom management,
  • ethical issues,
  • education, and;
  • research.

Artwork: © 2019 European Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care (Ms Hagesaether).

We are delighted that so many high-profile speakers from paediatric palliative care globally have agreed to be a part of this exciting congress. Speakers from the USA, (Dr Joanne Wolfe), New Zealand (Dr Ross Drake), Canada (Professor Sue Fowler- Kerry) and, closer to home, Professor Eduard Verhagen, Professor Julia Downing, Professor Richard Hain, Dr Lorna Fraser and Dr Finella Craig, will ensure that this congress is a valuable learning experience for delegates. (See the full line-up of speakers here.

The EAPC aims to provide a forum for all of those either working, or with an interest in palliative care throughout Europe and beyond. Members are engaged in palliative care across the lifespan, importantly, including children. We have a very active EAPC children’s palliative care task force and held a most successful seminar at the Berlin World Congress where 900 delegates registered to attend. Plans are at an advanced stage for a Paediatric Palliative Care Day at the EAPC World Research Congress in Palermo in May 2020; there is still plenty of time to submit an abstract.

Now, for the first time, we are delighted to be collaborating in a joint paediatric congress with one of our member organisations, the Norwegian Association for Children’s Palliative Care. We are confident that our pooled resources and access to such a prestigious cast of international speakers will do much to take forward the work of paediatric palliative care.

Registration and abstract submission are now open for our joint seminar with FFB in Norway, 2 to 4 September 2020. We really hope that we will see you there.

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