17th EAPC World Congress Online: See what the Paediatric Palliative Care Day will be about…



As part of this year’s congress, the Scientific Committee and the EAPC’s Children and Young People Task Force Steering Group have again planned an entire day dedicated to paediatrics, full of meaningful and challenging content. Here, Ana Lacerda (paediatrician), Lorna Fraser (health scientist) and Lizzie Chambers (programmes director), explain what you can expect from this year’s EAPC World Congress Online if you work with children and/or young people with palliative care needs.

Lizzie Chambers (left), Lorna Fraser and Ana Lacerda.

We are inviting you to explore new dimensions in paediatric palliative care!

So, have you registered for the EAPC 2021 World Congress or for the dedicated Paediatric Palliative Care Day? There’s a special day rate if you’re just attending the Paediatric Palliative Care Day, or it’s free if you’re registered for the main congress.

This year we have two wonderful and engaging plenary speakers – Richard Hain, a paediatric palliative care doctor, from Wales, and Joana Mendes, a neonatology palliative nurse, from Portugal. Coming from different backgrounds, their interests converge in their advanced studies in ethics, and they will be stimulating us to think about the ethical boundaries in palliative care. Dr Hain, co-author of the Oxford Specialist Handbook of Paediatric Palliative Medicine, will also provide an overview of his practical approach to symptom control at the end of life.

There will then be a parallel session about Transitioning children with palliative care needs between settings and phases. To discuss different elements of this, we have three experts talking about three different transition scenarios:

  • Transitioning from hospital to home or hospice care: Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Denmark
  • Transitioning from the neonatal intensive care unit to home care: Finella Craig, UK
  • Transitioning from chronic phase to end of life: Laura Madanat, Finland.

In between the ‘Breakfast with Richard and Joana’ session, two plenary sessions and one parallel session, there will also be the opportunity to learn about the ten highest-ranked abstracts on the topic of paediatric palliative care, as these will be presented in two oral communication sessions. One of these will showcase research on advance care planning; in the other, presenters from around the world will tell us about their experiences, ranging from perinatal palliative care to the burden of disease. But please make sure to also browse through all the posters!

And then a great networking opportunity – ‘Lunchtime with Paediatrics’ hosted by Lizzie Chambers and Ana Lacerda – that will take place at ‘lunch time’ (at least in Central Europe!). Make sure to attend, bring food to eat and food for thought – questions and ideas!

And we can assure you that being online doesn’t mean missing out on personal interaction during breaks – indeed, the Social Committee has been working hard to overcome this. We will be able to ‘sit’ at virtual ‘tables’ to have coffee or lunch – you can choose to ‘open’ a table or to ‘sit’ at an existing one. When opening a table, you may decide on a theme – an area of interest (within palliative care, or not!), a country, or whatever you fancy.  Details of how to do this will be available soon on the congress website.

And don’t forget there certainly are advantages to the virtual format: fewer costs (fees, travel, accommodation, meals), no time away from home or the workplace. Plus, you have the chance to view content before the start of the congress and masses of on-demand content to review for three months afterwards.

We hope we have convinced you to attend this meeting and to come explore children’s palliative care with us! Together, we can go so much further into discovering new ways, new meanings, new friends…


EXPLORE NEW DIMENSIONS at #EAPC2021 The 17th EAPC World Congress Online offers interactive online sessions from 6 to 8 October 2021, including an entire day dedicated to Paediatric Palliative Care. Alongside plenary lectures, oral communications, posters, networking opportunities, a Science Slam, an International Photography Competition, and much else… You can enjoy lots of on-demand content before and after the congress dates too.

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