In just under a year's time, people from around the world will gather in Ottawa, Canada for the fifth International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference.

17 Sep 2017 to 20 Sep 2017 |

There promises to be a lively buzz as hundreds of participants share ideas, practice examples and research linked to the conference's five themes:

  1. building public policies that support health
  2. creating participatory community partnerships
  3. strengthening sustainable community partnerships
  4. evaluation and performance
  5. reorienting/engaging environments to be responsive to death, dying, loss and bereavement.

Titled 'Palliative Care IS Public Health: Principles to Practice' the conference runs from 17 to 20 September 2017.  Although this might seem a long way off, the deadline for anyone wanting to submit abstracts for presentations, posters or workshops is fast looming – these must be in by 24 October 2016.

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With a growing body of people around the world exploring public health approaches to end of life care, this conference should be an excellent opportunity for those from UK hospices, and the organisations with whom they are collaborating, to share, learn and network internationally.

Public health approaches to end of life care

In the UK, we are seeing growing interest and momentum in these areas of work. More hospices are creating roles whose focus is on community development and engagement, building local networks and working with others to create new ways to support people experiencing death, dying and loss, outside the structures of formal care services.

Increasingly, hospices are recognising that public health approaches have a crucial part to play in enabling as many people as possible to have the care and support they need when facing death or bereavement.

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