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Every two years, Palliative Care Australia delivers the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference. This event brings together hundreds of palliative care professionals from across the globe and fosters multidisciplinary collaboration, equipping attendees with knowledge, skills, and networks to continue making valuable contributions and changes to the way they approach and deliver palliative care services. 
Conference presenters have the opportunity to share the latest in research and best practice in palliative care with a broader international focus particularly from our neighbours within the Oceanic region. 21OPCC facilitates learning and professional development for the palliative care sector. 
If you are interested in sharing your work with a passionate cohort of like-minded peers, we welcome your abstract submissions. The official conference of Palliative Care Australia has a long and proud history of bringing together all involved in the delivery of palliative care as well as those outside the sector. 

We are delighted to invite you to contribute your voice. We welcome abstracts that present original research, projects and their evaluations, and encourage the sharing of innovative practice. For the first time, we also have a theme that will allow the sharing of narratives and stories.  21OPCC encourages first-time presenters.

Invest Challenge Change

The theme for the 2021 Oceanic Palliative Care Conference is Invest Challenge Change

The theme builds on a global push to ensure that we build better, more resilient health systems, better able to meet critical healthcare needs in normal circumstances, and sufficiently resourced to meet needs during times of emergency and crisis. Palliative care services are under-resourced at the best of times. But the advent of COVID-19 has placed a stretched system under additional strain. 

Governments need to make good on their commitment to invest more in palliative care. 
We need to challenge the existing thinking that places palliative care on the periphery of health systems. And we need to drive change that helps us meet not only existing need but the future needs of a rapidly ageing and growing population that is living with more complex and chronic illness. 
The Conference will attract the decision makers and policy influencers of today, the future leaders of tomorrow, and those involved in the latest research and thinking about the importance of palliative and end-of-life care on a national and international scale.

Selection Criteria and checklist

Selection Criteria

The 'Call for Abstracts' is a competitive process 

Each abstract will be assessed by at least three members of the 21OPCC Program Committee and relevant professionals.

Abstracts will be ranked against the following selection criteria:

  • Relevance - to palliative care and the overall conference theme; Invest Challenge Change
  • Learnings - to unique or innovative thinking
  • Quality of content - be it scientific, academic, or practical

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the presenting or submitting author in May 2021. 

Abstract Submission Checklist 

1. Review the Submission Process

2. Review and determine your nominated Presentation Theme

3. Review the Presentation Formats & Requirements

4. Submit your Abstract 

Key Dates

  • The online portal opens 27 January 
  • Abstract submissions close 7 April 
  • Early bird registration closes 26 April
  • Abstract author acceptance notifications  12 May
  • 21OPCC Program announced 27 May *subject to change
  • Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online submission portal by 7 April 2021.
  • Authors may submit abstracts for more than one presentation, however, submitting one or more abstract is not a guarantee of a place on the conference program.
  • Previously published work may not be accepted, however, submitted work - under review can be submitted for consideration.
  • Assistance with the preparation of an abstract is available, particularly to first-time presenters. Please contact
  • Emailed submissions will not be accepted. Submissions received after the due date will not be considered.

Terms & Conditions

Only submissions that address the conference theme and are consistent with the themes and topics as described above will be accepted. Given the conference will be in a virtual in 2021, this may allow for a greater number of abstracts to be accepted. The committee reserves the right to accept or decline any abstract, and to allocate to a session time or any presentation types. The nominated authors of an abstract retain all propriety and patent rights. The authors retain the right to use all or part of their abstracts in future works of their own. Please note that following acceptance of an abstract for presentation, the abstract shall not be presented to any other body before the Oceanic Conference 2021. The presenting author is responsible for obtaining copyright clearance and authority for all material included in their presentation. By submitting an abstract you agree that PCA can publish it in any of its productions and that your presentation can be recorded, distributed or made available online. 
#Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2021
7 - 10 September 2021
#Oceanic Palliative Care Conference 2021

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