18-21 JUNE 2025

Southern Sun Elangeni



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Welcome to the 2025 South African Palliative Care Conference

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the South African Palliative Care Conference 2025 to be presented as a collaborative venture between the three leading palliative care organisations in our country, the Association of Palliative Care Practitioners of South Africa (PALPRAC), Palliative Care for Children South Africa (PatchSA) and the Association of Palliative Care Centres (APCC). 

This collaborative venture is set to take place from 18 – 21 June 2025 at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban.

The theme of our 2nd Palliative Care Conference is Palliative Care: Revolution. Evolution. Solution. 

The conference promises to be an extraordinary gathering of professionals dedicated to the advancement of palliative care. Our intention to host the conference in KwaZulu-Natal is to drive growth and development in the palliative care sector within the province through regional expertise and collaboration. The 2025 Palliative Care Conference aims to foster a deeper understanding of the critical role palliative care plays in our healthcare system, share innovative practices, and build networks that strengthen our collective efforts. By bringing together healthcare professionals, researchers, policymakers, and advocates, this conference will serve as a platform for insightful discussions, knowledge sharing, and professional development.


Encompassing clinical conditions across every discipline of medical care, all age groups and every care setting.


Involving a bio-psycho-socio-cultural and spiritual multidisciplinary team approach to every patient with multiple pertinent ethical considerations.


Engaging health systems (policymakers, regulators, medical schemes, professional bodies, hospital administrators and academia) to ensure access and integration.

Members of both the Paediatric Palliative Care and Adult Palliative Care Scientific Committees are planning the scientific programme and will be counting on your valuable contributions. The Call for Abstracts will be announced in August 2024 and you are invited to keep checking the conference website and social media platforms of the collaborating organisations for regular updates using #SAPCC25.

The conference programme promises to provide you with rich opportunities for professional development and social networking.

On behalf of PALPRAC, PatchSA and APCC, we welcome you to the South African Palliative Care Conference 2025 and look forward to seeing you in Durban.

Thank you!

Conference Chairs

Dr Raksha Balbadhur

Scientific Committee Chair (Adult)

Dr Michelle Meiring

Scientific Committee Chair (Paediatric)

Dr Margie Venter

Conference Committee

Dr Julia Ambler

Conference Committee