Doctors eligible for discounted membership fee when joining PALPRAC


The Association of Palliative Care Practitioners of South Africa (PALPRAC) is a non-profit organisation that was formed in May 2018 by a group of South African doctors who are trained in palliative medicine.

Objectives of PALPRAC

  • PALPRAC’s aim is to promote effective medical care for people suffering from a wide range of serious and progressive illnesses such as cancer, motor neuron disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s disease, strokes and dementia. It does this by working alongside the oncologists, physicians, pediatricians or surgeons managing these patients.
  • The key objective of palliative care is to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The scope of palliative care includes physical, emotional, social and existential or spiritual support.
  • PALPRAC has members who work in private practice, government hospitals, academic institutions and hospices throughout South Africa.
  • PALPRAC seeks to support members in creating local palliative care services in all settings.
  • PALPRAC engages widely to enable the creation of economically sustainable palliative care services in all settings.
  • PALPRAC aims to increase the public understanding of what palliative care is so that patients and families will know why and when to ask for it.
  • PALPRAC seeks, through its website, to provide an easy way for patients, doctors and medical schemes to access expert palliative care for themselves, their family members or their patients.
  • PALPRAC members collaborate with local hospices, community-based nursing agencies, social workers and counselors, and other allied health care workers to provide a comprehensive and co-ordinated supportive service.
  • PALPRAC members are also able, via videoconferencing, to support patients and doctors living in outlying areas to improve access to palliative care expertise.
  • PALPRAC members provide advice and support to other members via a discussion forum.

Special membership fee for doctors who are full members of PatchSA

PALPRAC has elected to offer a special membership fee to doctors who are paid up members of PatchSA. This special dispensation is to accommodate those doctors who are already PatchSA full members and also wish to be full members of PALPRAC. The reduced rate will offer PATCH members the full list of benefits enjoyed by our PALPRAC full members at a special rate of R300 per year. (The normal rate being R650)

Please note that PALPRAC will offer full membership on the fulfilment of all three of the following criteria:

  1. Prior MBChB or equivalent medical doctor’s qualification; currently in good standing with HPCSA or equivalent medical professional body
  2. Palliative Care forms at least part of your current practice
  3. Palliative Care qualification (a) and / or work experience (b) required:

a)Recognised Postgraduate qualification (Diploma/ Masters/ PhD)

      • in palliative medicine through the University of Cape Town
      • in palliative medicine through the University of Cardiff
      • other qualifications at the discretion of the board of PALPRAC, OR

b) At least 36 months full-time experience in a peer-recognised Palliative Care facility/ setting, e.g. Hospice. PALPRAC would encourage these practitioners to obtain a formal palliative medicine qualification.

Please follow this link to register as a ‘PALPRAC FRIEND’:

Once registration is complete, you will be able to sign up as a full member of PALPRAC. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions, by emailing