sr crescentia award 2014 with sophi and sarah

Australasian Palliative Link International (APLI) was founded at the Hospice Care in Asia conference, Singapore, in 1996. Its objectives are:

  • to develop and foster links between palliative care providers and organisations in Australia and New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region
  • to raise awareness of the needs of new palliative care services and the need for further development of the discipline in the region.
  • to provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas between providers of palliative care in the region.

Particular links have developed over the past 15 years with Indian Palliative Care colleagues. Members have been involved in teaching health professionals in Malaysia, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and fostering the development of Palliative Care in Timor Leste.

Our activities are largely centred on assisting with palliative care capacity building in the Asia Pacific region, such as sponsorships of volunteers, observership opportunities for new palliative care doctors and nurses, and sharing resources.

Palliative care workshop signFeb2015



APLI Annual Forum

Members and non-members alike are warmly invited to attend the 2016 Australasian Palliative Link International Forum on 22 June. This year the APLI Forum will be in Adelaide for the first time, adjacent to the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer conference. Last date to register: 13 June, 2016. Read More

International Update on Pain Management and Palliative Care Advances 2016

The International Update on Pain Management and Palliative Care Advances 2016, is being organized at Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India by the Pain and Palliative Care Unit, Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical and Health Sciences and the Indian Medical Association on 25-26 June 2016. Read More

National Strategy for Palliative Care in Nepal

In Nepal over 112,000 people each year will be in need of palliative care. An appropriate national strategy is an important step towards enabling palliative care to reach those in need. In recent weeks very significant progress has been made toward developing such a strategy. Read More

Palliative care in Kolkata – a lesson for us all.

Working as a volunteer in India I always seem to learn more than the stated intention of travelling to India to teach others. In October 2015 I was fortunate to spend a week in Kolkata with my good friend and colleague, Santanu Chakraborty, and this trip reaffirmed this. Read More

With a champion, anything is possible

I hope you will let me tell you a story about Lakshadweep, a group of islands in the Arabian sea, off the coast of Kerala, India.
A teacher of art at a government girls’ college in Kavaratti, one of the 10 inhabited islands of Lakshadweep, leads a grassroots palliative care project, Thanal. Read More

Kosish the Hospice, India:

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Karen Anderson, Lecturer & Unit Coordinator, Edith Cowan University writes about her recent visit to Koshish the Hospice, and IAPCON Pune 2016. Read More

Palliative care for India e-learning modules launched by ecancer

20 open access e-learning education modules about palliative care in India were launched at the Indian Association of Palliative Care Conference, 2016, in Pune, India. Read More

‘Need of the Hour’

Click here to read Brief notes from Indian Association Palliative Care Conference (IAPCON2016)

Return to the Valley: Cachar Cancer Centre, Silchar, Assam, India

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The visit made in December 2015 was the third visit to Cachar Cancer Centre undertaken by members of APLI in the last three years. The visits have been part of Project Hamrahi, a collaboration between APLI and Pallium India. Read More

Fear is the key!

Working with the dying reveals two aspects of our nature…the first being our sense of compassion, which is bountiful and healing; not only for the patient and their family and friends, who too suffer, but also for our own self; for by practicing compassion, we are being kind to our self and fortifying our compassion. Read more

PCA Award for Project Hamrahi

At the Gala dinner of the Palliative Care Australia (PCA) conference on the 3rd September 2015, Project Hamrahi was awarded the Innovation in Palliative Care award by PCA.



Your donations to APLI help in the following ways:

assist with training of doctors and nurses in palliative care practice in developing nations

support nurses to travel and teach as part of Project Hamrahi

help with purchase of critical site resources such as essential equipment and supplies,  medicines and educational materials