8th International Cardiff Conference on Paediatric Palliative Care

The 8th International Cardiff Conference on Paediatric Palliative Care will take place from 26 – 28 July 2017 at Cardiff University, Wales, UK.

“Worlds apart: culture and context in caring for the whole child”

Letter from the chairs

We seem to have set ourselves an impossible task.  The claim of children’s palliative care is that we will care for the child ‘holistically’.  If we took that literally, there would never be time to care for more than one child at a time, even if we set aside the need for us as carers to lead our own lives.

In practice, when we talk about holism we mean many different things. The idea of ‘holistic’ care is an acknowledgement that the child’s existence is complex; that it is more than the physical and includes the spiritual and psychosocial, and that the child’s illness is not separable from the child him- or herself.  It expresses a commitment that in palliative care we are going to try and remember all these dimensions when it comes to caring for each individual child and family. Because if we are committed to an idea of holism, we are also committed to an idea of compassion that requires us to consider each child as though in that moment she were the only child.

But holism also represents a recognition that a child exists in, and is dependent on, a network of people that includes parents, siblings, grandparents and so on in ever-increasing circles that extend to include society as a whole. Society is people who have never met the child, but who we consider to have some role and responsibility in caring for her through their attitudes and the policies they support or enact.  A society’s culture – the way it thinks about children in general and dying in general – therefore has a profound impact on the way we can care for each child and family. The more we try to consider the child’s needs multi-dimensionally, outside the traditional medical model, the more relevant culture and society become.  Paradoxically, the more we expect a similar standard of care in all cultures, the more important it becomes to recognise how distinct those cultures can be.

This year we will consider the challenge of providing the same standard of care for children and their families in countries across the world, in the face of cultural contexts that can be vastly different in the way they understand medicine, dying, palliative care, ideas of family – and even the way they think of and value children themselves.  The theme of the 2017 Cardiff Conference on Paediatric Palliative Care will be Worlds apart: culture and context in caring for the whole child.

Dr Richard Hain
Prof Daniel Kelly
Prof Julia Downing

Conference Chairs

richard-hainDr Richard Hain
Lead Clinician,
Welsh Managed Clinical Network for Paediatric Palliative Medicine Children’s Hospital for Wales

 

 

daniel_kelly_photo_resized     Professor Daniel Kelly
     Director of Research and Innovation School of Healthcare Sciences
     Cardiff University

 

 

 

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Professor Julia Downing
Chief Executive of the ICPCN 


Conference Dates

The conference will commence on Wednesday 26 July and end Friday 28 July 2017.

Registration details to follow.

Abstract Submission

We are pleased to announce that abstract submissions are invited for oral, poster or workshop presentations. Download the submission form or a copy can be emailed to you. Please email your request to email hidden; JavaScript is required

The Organising Committee will make the final decision regarding the form of the presentation.

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The deadline for abstracts is 21 February 2017.

Authors will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by email as soon as possible after this date.

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Conference Registration Policy

Contributions must be presented by one of the authors, or, if none of the authors are able to attend the presentation can be made by a qualified substitute. All contributors will be required to register and pay in full.

Registration Fees and indicative programme

Further details will follow. If, in the meantime, we can help with an enquiry please contact the conference management team on: +44 (0) 29 2087 6365 or email us at email hidden; JavaScript is required

 

Conference Venue

Cardiff University

Cardiff University

The conference venue will be Cardiff University Main Building (No 39 on the location guide). There will be a marquee on the lawns at the front of the Main Building at the Museum Avenue entrance. The marquee will house the lunches, refreshments, posters and registration.

 

 

 

Download the Location Guide: Location Guide for Cardiff University


Accommodation 

Accommodation is available at Colum Hall on the Cardiff University Campus and should be booked well in advance to ensure availability. Please follow the simple instructions below in order to book your accommodation.


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Organising Committee

Dr Richard Hain
Lead Clinician,
Welsh Managed Clinical Network for Paediatric Palliative Medicine Children’s Hospital for Wales Cardiff, CF14 4XN
Tel: +44 (0)29 2074 3373
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Professor Daniel Kelly
Royal College of Nursing Chair of Nursing Research /
Director of Research and Innovation
School of Healthcare Sciences
Cardiff University
Eastgate House,
Newport Road
Cardiff CF24 0AB
Tel: +44 (0)29 2091 7753
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Professor Julia Downing
International Children’s Paediatric Care Network (ICPCN)
Chief Executive of the ICPCN
ICPCN is a registered charity in England and Wales and operates out of South Africa and the UK. Cluster Box 3050, Assagay, 3624,
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)82296 4367
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Web: www.icpcn.org


 Partners of PPC2017 

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The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) is a “one-stop” international resource providing information about paediatric palliative care services for professionals, caregivers and families. It raises awareness of the worldwide need for children’s palliative care services, promotes research to support and underpin its information and policy work, provides free online education, undertakes face to face training and generally raises the profile of children’s palliative care through focused advocacy The ICPCN is the only international charity advocating on a global scale for the rights of babies, children, young adults with life limiting conditions and their families to receive palliative care.  


Conference Management

Leanne Munkley
Conference Officer,
Campus Services Division Cardiff University Conference Office
PO Box 533 Cardiff CF14 3XZ
Tel: +44 (0)29 2087 6365
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