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



Cachar Cancer Hospital appeal

Dear APLI Members

Most of you will be aware that fellow members have been visiting Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (CCHRC), Assam, for several years. The hospital is run by a NGO doing great work in an area of desperate need. The hospital provides cancer care to about 4000 new and 10,000 follow-up patients each year, and the numbers are rising. Patients come from the Barak Valley area surrounding the hospital, but also from much further afield, including neighbouring states. Home care is difficult due to the poor condition of the roads. The patients are almost all very poor, many working for a pittance in the local tea plantations. People with cancers present late here, due to a potent combination of low health literacy and the well justified fear of financial ruin. This makes cure rare, and comfort care the first priority. The hospital responded to this by employing a palliative care physician – Dr Iqbal – and strongly supporting him and many nurses in travelling to obtain palliative care skills. This was the reason the hospital was suggested to us by Pallium India as a place to visit and support.

CCHRC has a full range of specialists, and patients are treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The hospital now has a dedicated area for intensive care, and a capable pathologist.  Since the first of three visits four years ago and with the support of international and local donors, the hospital has continued to build, and now has two more storeys, with extended ward beds to 100, an intensive care unit and a staff and visitor living area. It has clinics in two distant locations for the patients who can’t travel.

Much of the energy for all this has come from the Medical Director, Dr Ravi Kannan. He gave up a prosperous practice in Chennai many years ago to work at Cachar, and has inspired all the other staff to work towards the aim of improving the lot of the local people. Recently severe storms have damaged the hospital and cost much money in diesel fuel as the city was without power for weeks. You can see more of this and some photographs on their Facebook Page (Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre).

So I’m writing to ask that you consider making a donation to APLI, which is now a tax-exempt organisation, meaning you can tax-deduct any gift, to help recovery from the damage. I’ve never been surer that the money will be put to the best use, as our previous donations have always been applied so faithfully.

With hope, and sincerely

David Brumley


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:

Koshish10 - APLI

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


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