A collaborative conference to be held in Cape Town from 26 – 29 April 2023

You are invited 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
Vineyard Hotel in the beautiful mother city of Cape Town.

Theme: Palliative Care is Everyone’s Business

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.

Registration is open

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.