Membership of APLI is open to health professionals working in or with an interest in palliative care. Membership is also open to those who wish to support the development of palliative care in the Asia Pacific through fund raising, awareness raising and voluntary activities to support the work of APLI. Through joining APLI, you receive  e-news updates, three newsletters annually, and are linked to the development of palliative care in the Asia Pacific region and internationally. You become more aware of the needs of people in resource-poor areas and are provided with an opportunity to become actively involved in making a difference where it really matters.

APLI is an incorporated association, operating under the standard rules of incorporated associations in Australia. The executive meets by teleconference every two months. The annual general meeting is held in November each year, again by teleconference or in conjunction with a national palliative care conference to facilitate attendance by members. All executive members and volunteers donate their time and expertise. Our newsletter editor also donates her time and expertise free of charge.


The Executive for 2017 is:

  • Anil Tandon (Chair)
  • Davinia Seah (Secretary)
  • Chris Waples (Treasurer)
  • Odette Spruyt
  • Brett Sutton (Chair, Palliative Care in Humanitarian Emergencies group)
  • Meera Agar
  • Christine Drummond
  • Joan Ryan
  • Jane Phillips

APLI is a small, local, no-frills organisation operating on a shoe-string budget. The majority of our funds have come from membership fees, grant funding and a pharmaceutical donation toward newsletter publication.

A grant from the Australia India Institute enabled the establishment of Project Hamrahi travelling scholarships to support the travel costs of mentors to India. Since 2010, numerous mentor visits have been funded through this grant.

Donations are now required to maintain Project Hamrahi in the future. APLI provides only the flight costs. Mentors stay on site at the hospital or pay for their hotel costs if they choose to stay in hotels. We estimate that each year up to 10 mentor visits will occur. Each mentor visit is costed at $1500, to cover flight costs, to provide for ongoing training costs and build a secure funding foundation for Project Hamrahi.

Do you wish to become a member or donate? Please complete the membership or donation form and submit.

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President:    Anil Tandon  chairman@apli.net.au
Secretary:    Davinia Seah     secretary@apli.net.au
Treasurer:    Chris Waples  treasurer@apli.net.au
Information: Davinia Seah  info@apli.net.au



Ordinary Membership for 1 year from 1st January 2016:   $50.00
Premium Membership for 1 year from 1st January 2016: $150.00
($100 will be deposited in the Project Hamrahi fund)



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Project Focus

As some of you may be aware, in early 2016 the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) held four ‘APHN Dialogs’, in which clinicians across the Asia Pacific region could link in through Skype to attend a webinar. The following webinars took place:

- A discussion of palliative care service development in the Asia Pacific region, presented by Odette Spruyt
- Pain control in palliative care by Yoshiyuki Kizawa from Kobe, Japan
- Management of the cancer wound by Edward Poon from Singapore
- Bereavement care by Jun-Hua Lee from Taiwan

These sessions were well received and provided a valuable opportunity for clinicians in different countries to learn from an expert in that field and also to share their own professional experiences. Unfortunately, not all countries in the region have reliable internet coverage or sufficient bandwidth so some attendees were unable to join the meetings. In response to this, in recent months APLI has been looking at a new educational initiative in partnership with APHN.

Project Focus aims to set up online discussion groups between palliative care clinicians in specific countries in the Asia Pacific region and APLI mentors. Some nascent palliative care centres struggle with isolation, limited practitioner experience and variable institutional support. In effect, Project Focus would work towards similar objectives to Project Hamrahi: to improve the capacity for best practice patient care in the local setting and to reduce the isolation of palliative care providers in emergent services.

APLI is therefore calling for expressions of interest for mentors to volunteer their services to help support our regional partners. Project Focus would particularly suit clinicians who might otherwise find it difficult to travel overseas for mentoring work, as the contact will be online using a small group discussion format on the ‘Slack’ communication platform. APHN has already identified local clinicians in two separate services in remote and regional Indonesia who would like to be partnered with APLI mentors. In addition to this, there has also been some interest from doctors in Vietnam, Brunei and Nepal whose learning needs were unable to be supported by the APHN Dialogs.

Although the exact process will be flexible, it is proposed that education would begin with case presentations from the local APHN clinicians. These would then serve as a springboard for the APLI mentors to explain current evidence based practice recommendations. The subsequent discussion would then take into account local factors such as medication availability, local resources, staffing and other factors such that a viable and culturally appropriate management plan can be formulated.

I hope that you will share our excitement for this initiative. Project Hamrahi has demonstrated the value of teams of mentors made up of both doctors and nurses working together with local Indian clinicians over a sustained period of time. Project Focus has the potential to broaden the scope of such partnerships to other countries and so I invite you to contact me via chairman@apli.net.au with a short biography and reflection on why you would wish to work as a mentor.

- Anil Tandon


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