Main Conference 


Main Conference - Day 1 

Time Programme
7:30 – 16:00 Registration
8:45 – 9:00 Guests to be seated
9:00 – 10:00

Plenary 1

Welcome Address
Opening speech by Guest of Honour

Singapore National Strategy for Palliative Care – 9 Years On and What’s Next? – Angel LEE
Palliative Care – From Hospital to Community – Jo HOCKLEY

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Poster Viewing
10:30 – 12:00

Plenary 2

The Voice of The Young Person in Paediatric Palliative Care – Joanne WOLFE
Holistic Care in Breathlessness – The Breathing, Thinking, Functioning Model – Sara BOOTH
Communication Strategies in Challenging Clinical Situations – Rachelle BERNACKI and Joshua LAKIN

12:15 – 13:15

Lunch Session 1

Oral abstracts

Lunch Session 2

A Global Trend of Legalising Physician-Assisted Suicide – Lessons from Hawaii – 
Siang Yong, TAN

Lunch Session 3

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Lunch Session 4

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Lunch Session 5

Details TBC
13:30 – 15:30

Parallel Session 1

Pain Management


Overview of Cancer Pain Management – TBC 

Pain Pathways and a Brief Review of the Evidence for Drugs Used in Neuropathic Pain–

Early Opioid-sparing Pain Interventions – TBC 


Intrathecal treatment of Cancer Pain – TBC 

Parallel Session 2

Non-Cancer Updates

Cardiology – Louis TEO

Respiratory – Gerald CHUA

Gastroenterology – Kalaiyarasi KALIYAPERUMAL

Renal – Jason CHOO

Parallel Session 3

Adolescent and Young Adults (AYA)

Fertility Concerns in AYA – Eileen POON

Psycho-Emotional Aspects of the AYA Journey (Identity, Body Image, Sexuality) – Irene TEO

Survivorship Issues in AYA (‘Chemo Brain’, Occupational Reintegration) – Chia Jie, TAN,

Epidemiology and “Unique” Aspects of AYA Cancers – Joanne WOLFE

Parallel Session 4

Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC) Forum

The Imperative of Death Education for the Promotion of Public Health Palliative Care – Andy HO, 

Dignity and the Psycho-Socioispiritual Domain of Holistic Palliative and End-of-life Care –Elizabeth LOBB,

Compassion and Social Justice in the Context of Death, Dying and Bereavement – Darcy HARRIS,

Continuing Bond and Meaning Reconstruction through Grief and Loss –Robert NEIMEYER

Parallel Session 5

Research on Models of Care

I-CARE – Han Yee, NEO,


Program Impact – Huei Yaw, WU

15:30 – 16:00 Break and Poster Viewing
16:00 – 17:30

Plenary 3

Embracing the Person in Palliative Care – Noreen CHAN
The Soul’s Song – Nicki COHEN
Loss, Grief and the Quest for Meaning in the Face of Death, Dying and Bereavement – Robert NEIMEYER
A Conversation with a Caregiver – Jaclyn LEE and Cheng Wan, PEH

17:30 – 20:00 Networking Buffet Dinner

Main Conference - Day 2

Time Programme
7:00 – 13:00 Registration
8:00 – 10:00

Parallel Session 6

Dementia and Frailty

Dementia Care in Nursing Homes – Jo HOCKLEY,

Program Dignity – Allyn HUM, 

Discordance Between Caregivers’ Goals of Care and End of Life Preferences – Chetna MAHOLTRA,

Namaste Care – Dover Park Hospice,

Dementia Ward in Inpatient Hospice – Assisi Hospice


Parallel Session 7

Withdrawing Ventilation in Advanced ALS - Complex Ethical Case Discussion 

A Request for Withdrawal of Ventilation – Jennifer Guan 

Perspectives from Neurologist – TBC

Home Ventilation Nurse – TBC

Medical Social Worker – Gilbert FAN,

Lawyer – TBC Palliative physician – Han Yee, NEO,

Ethicist – Siang Yong, TAN 



Parallel Session 8

Paediatric Palliative Care

Details TBC

Parallel Session 9

Towards a Social Model in End-of-Life Care

The Need for Social Work Leadership to Direct Health and Social Care Integration at the End-of-life

The Public-Health Approach to Develop a Social Model in End-of-life Care

The Challenges and Opportunities for the Profession to Strengthen Care Integration and Delivery  

Andy SIM,

Yu Hsuan, WANG,

Jasmine WONG,

Nellie MOK

Parallel Session 10

Patient perspectives – research and clinical implications


Details TBC

10:00 – 10:30 Break and Poster Viewing
10:30 – 12:00

Plenary 4

Medical Futility – From Definition to Policy – Siang Yong, TAN
Empowerment, Engagement, Environment and Economic: The 4 Es in Promoting Palliative Care – Ying Wei, WANG
Long Term Use of Opioids in Cancer and Non-Cancer Patients – Anthony DICKENSON
12:15 – 13:15

Lunch Session 6

Chinese Medicine in Palliative Care – Challenges and Opportunities  – Huangfang, Zheng

Lunch Session 7

A Conversation with Clinician Researchers 

Lunch Session 8

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Lunch Session 9

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Lunch Session 10

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13:30 – 15:30

Parallel Session 11

Burnout and Resilience – Research and Clinical Relevance

Burnout and Resilience in Palliative Care Clinicians – Mervyn KOH,

Caring for Caregivers: Reducing Burnout and Building Sustained Resilience with Mindful Compassion Art-Based Therapy (MCAT) – Andy HO,

Therapeutic Use of Self and Collective Wisdom – Wen Phei, LIM

Fostering Team Resilience –


Parallel Session 12

Immunotherapy and Immunotoxicities

Principles of Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Cancer and Mechanisms of Immunotoxicity –
Amit JAIN,

Overview and Specific Toxicities: Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology –
Juanda LEO, Andrew LI,
Mark MUTHIAH, Frank TAY,
Samantha YANG

Parallel Session 11

Palliative Care Education in Singapore – All Hands on Deck!

Wei Ting, CHEN,

Allyn HUM,

Wah Ying, ONG,

Tan Ying, PEH,

Andy SIM,

Jamie ZHOU

Celine YONG

Parallel Session 14

Through Music and Art Making - Bring Your Inner World into Practice

Use of Music and Art Making to Get Connected with the Person inside One’s Profession

How These Insights Can Be Integrated Into Daily Practice as a Palliative Healthcare Professional

Tammy LIM,


Calvin PANG

Parallel Session 15

Collaborative Care Models

Cardiology – Shirlyn NEO

Intensive Care Unit – Choo Hwee, POI

Emergency Medicine – Rakhee YASH PAL

Renal Medicine – Guo Zhang, LEE

15:30 – 16:00 Break and Poster Viewing
16:00 – 17:30

Plenary 5

Being Human in the Era of Medical Advances – Sister Geraldine TAN
Advancing Palliative Care in the Era of Competing KPIs – Weng Sun, PANG
Fireside Chat: Core Values, Dreams and Aspirations for Palliative Care – Wai Yee, CHEE, Cynthia GOH, Amy LIM
Closing Ceremony and Prize Presentation