Pre conference workshops

February 7th, 2019

Pre conference workshop general guidelines.

  • Please register separately for pre-conference.
  • The number of participants for each workshop are given under each workshop details.
  • The registration fee for pre conference workshop
    • Doctors: Rs 500
    • Nurses and volunteers :Rs 300
  • The last date for registration is 31/12/2018
  • To register for pre conference workshops click here.

1.Navigating the Unknown- Tools for the Psychosocial Caregiver (9 AM - 5 PM)

Participants: 20-25

Intended audience:
Doctors, nurses social workers and other allied health professional planning to engage in research projects; limited to a maximum number of 20-25 participants


  1. To introduce and familiarise clinicians and psychosocial palliative care team members with systematic psychosocial assessment pathways
  2. To highlight the role of psychosocial assessment in the formulation of care plans that can be used by the interdisciplinary team.
  3. To enable palliative care professionals to address "total pain" and illness-related suffering, using techniques such as Dignity therapy.
  4. To equip clinicians and psychosocial palliative care team members with assessment tools for the screening of depression, anxiety and suicide assessment.
  5. To provide practical methods of communication of care plans to the patient using the SPIKES/WISH protocol

Principal Instructors:

  1. Preeya Desh, MD
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Palliative Care at Columbia University/NYP
    Founder, Wabi Sabi Health Foundation
  2. Frances Eichholz Heller
    Senior Social Worker
    Adult Palliative Care Consult Service
    Columbia University/NY Presbyterian
  3. Smriti Rana
    MSc Integrative and Holistic Psychological Counselling
    Trustee, Program Director, Consulting Psychologist and Trainer
    Pallium India

2.Epidemiologic statistics for beginners – hands on workshop using Epi Info and Open Epi
Length: One day (9 AM - 5 PM)

Intended audience:
Doctors, nurses and allied health professional planning to engage in research projects; limited to a maximum number of 20-25 participants Objectives:
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to

  1. Understand the basics of sample size calculations for descriptive studies using Open Epi
  2. Describe sampling and data management techniques while writing research proposals/ reports
  3. Utilize MS Excel for data entry and cleaning
  4. Perform and interpret results of data analysis of descriptive studies using Epi Info and Open Epi

The workshop will include brief presentations, handouts for basic exercises on statistics and epidemiology (contextualized for palliative care research) and hands on exercises using MS Excel, and Epi info using a mock data set. Open Epi will be demonstrated – hands on exercises can be included if internet connectivity is available for participants

Participants have to bring their own laptops – although some exercises may be possible on android devices

Principal Instructors:

  1. Dr Ravi Prasad Varma P, MD,
    Associate Professor,
    Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies,
    Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
  2. Dr Jissa VT, PhD,
    Scientist B,
    Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies,
    Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology


3.Home Care Experience IAPCON KOCHI 2019
   4 to 7th February 2019

A home care experience with various Palliative home care teams in Ernakulam, Kerala. Delegates can register in the same way as any pre-conference workshop till 19th January 2019. Each unit will be on an average distance of 45 mins travel from Aluva, Ernakulam
2 delegates per team, 25 teams in total

9:30 am Delegates to report at respective institution.
9 : 30 – 10 am Getting to know the team and system.
10 am – 3:30 pm Home Care, lunch will be provided by the team
For further details contact:

Coordinator :

  • Dr. Athul – 00919895918538, Medical Officer, Dept. of Palliative Care, GH, Ekm
  • SN.Vipin – 00917012831224, Staff Nurse, Dept of Palliative Care, General Hospital, Ekm.

4.Communication Skill in Palliative Care (9 AM - 5 PM)

Target audience:
Palliative care physicians and nurses, psychologists, psycho-oncologists, counsellors, social Workers, family physicians, nurses.

Number of participants:45

Learning objectives

  1. To gain knowledge and master skills of evidence-based communication strategies in palliative and end of life care
  2. To learn how to address challenging issues of denial, anger and collusion in caring for patients with advanced illness and their caregivers
  3. To value the importance of reflective practice in communication with patients and their families and in the palliative care team

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Jayita Deodhar Professor and Ad Hoc Officer in Charge,Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai


  1. Mrs. Savita Goswami, Senior Clinical Psychologist and Psycho-oncologist, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
  2. Dr. Pankaj Singhai, Asst. Professor, Kasturba Medical College and Manipal Hospital, Manipal
  3. Dr. Rajam Iyer, Consultant Pulmonologist and Palliative Medicine, Bhatia and Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai
  4. Mrs. Priya Ubale, Senior Volunteer Counsellor Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
  5. Mr. K.V. Ganpathy. CEO, JASCAP and Senior Volunteer Counsellor, Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai

Workshop format:
Full day workshop Small group discussions with role plays

5.Neurology in Palliative Care (9 AM - 1 PM)

Participants: 40-50

Intended audience
Palliative Care providers (physicians, nurses, volunteers)


  1. To inform palliative care providers of the scope, challenges and opportunities in the emerging field of neuro-palliative care in India.
  2. To discuss an action plan for the road ahead.

The facilitators for this workshop are:

  • Dr Benzi Kluger (USA
  • Dr Jeremy Johnson (UK/India)
  • Dr Roop Gursahani (India)


  1. Didactic/interactive lectures
  2. Panel discussion
  3. Brain storming session


6.Volunteering in Palliative Care (9 AM - 4 PM)

Participants: 40-50

Intended audience
Existing and new Volunteers


  1. To create awareness on palliative care in the community.
  2. To promote volunteering in palliative care.
  3. Establishing new palliative care centers, understanding challenges, planning strategies, advocacy and patient care.


  1. Didactic/interactive session
  2. Brain storming session

The facilitators

  • Mr K. Lal and team

9.00 AM - 10.00 AM

Introducing Training Module for Community Volunteers as per WHO guidelines

Mr. Jos Pulimoottil 

Presenter: Mr. K Radhakrishna Menon

10.00 A M - 11.00 A M

Communication - Conflict and Stress among Team Members/Family Members

Dr. Geetha Vijay

Presenter: Dr. Koyakutty

11.00 A M - 11.30 A M


11.30 A M - 12.30 P M

Grief and Bereavement Support

Dr. Rajashri K C

Presenter: Mr. Lithin Abraham/Ms. Reshma Ramachandran

12.30 P M - 1.00 P M


1.00 P M - 2.00 P M

Nursing Issues in Palliative Care

Ms. Sheeba R. S.

Presenter: Lt.  Col. Lalitha Nambiar

2.00 P M - 3.00 P M

Volunteering in Palliative Care - Moving Beyond Current Boundaries

Dr. Manoj Kumar

Presenter: Dr. Biju Raghavan

3.00 P M - 4.00 P M

Taking Palliative Care to the Next Generation - Youth and Palliative Care

Ms. Jyothi Jayan Warrier

Presenter: Mr. Narayanan Puthukudy

4.00 P M - 4.30 P M

Concluding Remarks 

4.30 PM

TEA and disperse


7.Children's Palliative Care (9 AM - 4:30PM)


Intended audience:
Doctors, nurses social workers and other allied health professional working with children and carers delivering palliative care.


  1. To introduce and familiarize participants about basic palliative care in children focusing on symptom management and end of life
  2. To improve communication skills of participants while dealing with children and their carers.
  3. Special focus on nursing issues in pediatric palliative care.

The facilitators for this workshop are:

  • Dr Hariprasad PG
  • Dr M.A. Muckaden
  • Dr Megan Dorhety
  • Dr Armida Fernandez
  • Ms Joan Marston
  • Dr Manjiri Dighe
  • Dr Pradnya Talawadekar

8.Opioid workshop (9 AM - 4:30PM)

Participants:25 or 30.

Intended audience:
Doctors, nurses ,pharmacists and other allied health professional working in palliative care.


  1. To empower participants to overcome barriers to access to opioids.
  2. To improve understanding of current NDPS act


  • Dr A V Raju
  • Dr Savita Butola
  • Ms.Tripti Tandon


Dr M R Rajagopal.


9. Understanding Quality Improvement Methods to implement change to the Indian Palliative Care Experience (9 AM - 5PM)

Participants: 30-35

Intended audience: ONLY FOR THE INVITED DELEGATES (not open for the other delegates)


  1. This workshop will provide hands-on training for QI team leaders to select a problem they are facing at their workplace (e.g. improving access, standard workflow for pain management)
  2.  It will provide a framework for analysis and a platform to test interventions
  3.  Improve understanding of root cause analysis, process mapping, data collection methods, and designing interventions.
  4.  Participants will learn about the central tenets of the improvement science and A3-thinking, while also sharing their own best practices and experiences with QI leading teams and other practitioners.


  • Dr. Nandini Vallath
  • Dr. Karl Lorenz
  • Michelle DeNatale
  • Jake Mickelsen



Door No.8, First Floor,
Anwar Memorial Pain & Palliative Care Clinic Santhosh Lane, Purna Nagar, Aluva 683 101,
Kochi, Kerala, India. Tel: +91 88487 03774


Whom to contact

K.Radhakrishna Menon
Mob:+91 9446000332, +91 8848703774
Mujeeb Kuttamassery, Mob: +91 9846068962