Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts

Conference theme

The theme for the conference is: Using evidence on patient outcomes to improve the future of palliative care.

This conference theme aims to build and realise the future of healthcare for those affected by life-limiting illness through focusing on palliative care outcome measurement practice, science and data.

In line with a commitment to enabling better care and better outcomes for all, the conference encourages a fresh look at and diversity in evidence-based ideas, practice and research across settings and sectors.

Presentations from those working with patients and families with palliative needs are welcome, including those that feature PCOC approaches and data. Presentations that promote systems-level change through a focus on palliative outcomes are also encouraged.

Your commitment and contribution to this international conference is warmly invited, as together we can build sustainable platforms for our shared future.

Conference topics

Key dates


Call for abstracts open: 01 June 2019

Call for abstracts close: 5 August 2019

Author notifications: August 2019


Early bird registration:
1 July 2019 to 15 September 2019

Standard Registration:
from 16 September 2019 

Innovation and models of palliative care

This topic includes an emphasis on symptoms, policy, service delivery and technology. The topic refers to new ideas, innovative ways and tantalising research about new models of care, that are informed by palliative care patient and carer outcomes, and/or that bring about improved patient and carer outcomes.

Examples include: the use of PCOC data in a specialist palliative care consult model in aged care; use of PCOC data to improve symptom-specific models of care; new ways of organising and delivering care; cutting-edge policy to address intractable problems and disparities (e.g., ways to capture Indigenous patient palliative care outcomes); technological advancements (e.g., telehealth to promote the capture of palliative outcomes; mobile devices for outcome data).

Embedding and sustaining palliative care outcome measurement

This topic refers to work that deeply embeds palliative care outcome measurement into routine practice, structures, systems and culture, including for an extended period of time.

Examples include: engaging the workforce and establishing processes for improved outcomes; successful implementation strategies; using PCOC data to drive continuous improvement; the effects of quality improvement initiatives; approaches to sustainability.

Advancing palliative care outcomes through data development

This topic refers to ideas, processes and examples of developing or adopting palliative care data in order to improve outcomes for patients, their families, specialities, governments and nations.

Examples include: processes, principles and methodology to build data; clinimetrics; psychometrics; case studies where problems and pitfalls for data development were avoided; approaches to enable international comparisons; analysis; data curation.

Outcomes across care settings

This topic refers to how palliative care outcome data can be used to address issues of access, effectiveness, equity and choice, regardless of place, need or profession.

Examples include: comparisons in outcomes between care settings; comparisons in outcomes between models of care such as integrated unit outcomes versus dedicated units; palliative care models and outcomes in primary care; outcomes in nurse- and medical-led palliative care models in residential aged care facilities; palliative care outcomes in paediatric patients and their families.

International best practice

This topic refers to practice that provides solutions of scale for patients, their families, in and across nations that leads to world-class performance and international collaboration.

Examples include: national initiatives to improve outcomes; international research, guidelines and practice to advance palliative care outcome measurement; practice and research in outcome measurement with applicability across countries.