26-29 APRIL 2023

Vineyard Hotel
Cape Town



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Welcome to the 2023 South African Palliative Care Conference

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the South African Palliative Care Conference 2023 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 Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA).

This pioneering in-person conference will take place from 26 – 29 April 2023 at the world-class Vineyard Hotel in the beautiful mother city of Cape Town.

In the wake of a deadly pandemic which exposed the lack of preparedness of many healthcare providers to offer appropriate end-of-life care to patients and families and addressing the urgent need to raise awareness of the multiple benefits of early referral to palliative care, the compelling theme chosen for our conference is Palliative Care is Everyone’s Business.

The conference aims to reach out to and to welcome people from a broad diversity of vocations whose work brings them in contact with adults, adolescents, and/or children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and to encourage the exciting exchange of knowledge, new and innovative ideas, research and experiences.

The overriding focus of the workshops, plenary and parallel presentations at the conference will be on the imperative for palliative care of the future to be inclusive, relevant, and sustainable.


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 on 01 September 2022 and you are invited to keep checking the conference website and social media platforms of the collaborating organisations for regular updates using #SAPCC23

The conference programme promises to provide you with rich opportunities for professional development and networking and will begin with a full day of pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 26 April.

On behalf of PALPRAC, PatchSA and HPCA, we welcome you to the South African Palliative Care Conference 2023 and look forward to seeing you next April in Cape Town.

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