The 1999 Asia Pacific Hospice Conference, New Horizons in
Hospice Care, will take place in Hong Kong on June 2-4, 1999.
An estimated 600 attendees are expected.
The conference will address the future of palliative care in the next
millenium. An international panel of 18 speakers will address the
conference, including four keynote speakers from the United States,
United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands, countries in the
vanguard of hospice and palliative care.
Speakers and Topics
Dr. Kathleen Foley, one of the worlds leading experts on pain,
will speak on Recent Advances in Cancer Pain Management.
She will also discuss The Project on Death in America and
run an interactive workshop on difficult pain syndromes. Dr. Foley is
attending neurologist in the Pain and Palliative Service at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and professor of neurology
and neuroscience and of clinical pharmacology at Cornell University
Dr. Rob George, senior lecturer in palliative care in the Department
of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at University College London
Medical School and director of the Palliative Care Centre at the
Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust, specializes in both
community affairs and the management of pain related to cancer, HIV,
and AIDS. He will speak on Future Trends in Palliative
Community Care, discuss needs and assessment, and facilitate an
interactive workshop entitled Human RightsThe HIV Experience.
Dr. Michael Kearney, consultant in palliative medicine at Our
Ladys Hospice and St. Vincents Hospital and lecturer in
palliative medicine at University College in Dublin, will address the
psychospiritual aspects of palliative care in his speech,
Working with Suffering. He will also run a workshop on
Working with Dreams in Palliative Care.
Dr. Margaret Stroebe, an expert in bereavement, will speak on
The Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement, which
will discuss the implications of bereavement for health care
professions. Dr. Stroebe is associate professor in the Department of
Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Utrecht and
senior tutor at the University College of Utrecht.
Dr. Daniel Callahan, an expert on ethical issues, will address the
ethics of resource allocation. Dr. Callahan is cofounder and
past-president of The Hastings Center in New York, an educational and
research organization that examines ethical issues of medicine,
biology, and the environment. He currently serves as the centers
director of international programs and senior associate for health policy.
The conference, which will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and
Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong, is organized by the Society
for the Promotion of Hospice Care and cosponsored by the World Health
Organization, and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and Department of Health.
For more information, please contact Ms. Alison Findlay, Conference
Co-ordinator (telephone: 2230 9121; 2868 1211; fax: 2530 3290;