Palliative Care NSW State Conference 2022 – Facing the Future Together

Call for Abstracts

Palliative Care NSW is hosting its biennial State Conference this year in Terrigal from 3-5 November. The Scientific Committee warmly invites everyone who either works in or has an interest in palliative care to submit an abstract for consideration.

General Information

The theme ‘Facing the Future Together’ celebrates the importance of being together. After years of restrictions that have prevented us from meeting in-person – whether with colleagues, family or friends we can finally look forward to a brighter shared future. This period of change has given many of us an opportunity to reflect on things that are important, and how the future may be different. As we recognise our resilience and embrace our optimism, we consider ways we can improve the future of palliative care using lessons learned.

  • The role of new therapeutics and other innovations in how we manage patients at end-of-life. From psylocibin and ketamine to virtual-reality – what will care look like for the rest of the 21st Century and beyond.
  • Climate change and the environment – with over 7 billion people on earth all certain to die one day, should we be considering how we can provide care before and after death sustainably for future generations?
  • Hopes for the future of the palliative care workforce –are we ready? Deaths of baby boomers are expected to peak in 2044, how can the workforce prepare for this?
  • Fundamental changes to the way society views death – such as the introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying; how can we learn from other states and territories, and better prepare for the implications facing palliative care. What is the role of palliative care in the VAD landscape?

Join your colleagues and friends, take the time to gaze out over the ocean in Terrigal and be inspired to contribute to the future of palliative care together.

Abstracts are invited to challenge delegates to recognise how Palliative Care can respond to the opportunities of the future, while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the fabulous Central Coast.

The conference seeks contributions that explore, inform or challenge around four themes:

Future of therapeutics and innovations in palliative care
– Developing new uses for medications – e.g. psilocybin and ketamine
– Embracing allied health in holistic care

Palliative care and climate change
– Role of the natural environment in death and dying
– How can death and dying be sustainable?

Communication – new technology and skills in palliative care
– What did we learn from the pandemic?
– Will “death” always be taboo?
– How can we embrace technology in the future?
– To what extent can technology replace in-person interaction?

Hope – Future of the palliative care workforce ‘are we ready’?
– Selling palliative care to the future workforce
– Baby boomers and how they will change the face of palliative care
– Formal and informal carers – where are the men? Gendered workforce challenges
– Volunteers – how do we keep our volunteer workforce front and centre of the palliative care team?

Abstract Instructions

Abstracts must:

  • Address the identified conference theme/s (and state theme/s addressed by the abstract).
  • Describe original work
  • Be of interest to a wide audience
  • Be no more than 250 words
  • Be single spaced in 12-point Arial font
  • Fit on an A4 page with 2.5cm margins on all sides
  • Contain Title, Author(s) full name and title, underline presenting author, institution, and address, email and contact daytime phone number.
  • Indicate preferred presentation type – Oral, Poster.NB: posters will be displayed online
  • Contain a short bio of the presenting author (this does not count towards the word count)
  • If you specifically wish to submit for a poster, please clearly state this on the front page of your abstract. Poster size must not exceed 1 metre in width
  • All accepted abstracts will be printed in the conference program.
  • All research must clearly indicate whether it is in progress or complete. Abstracts that do not indicate this will not be considered.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts are now closed. All authors will be advised of their acceptance or otherwise by 8 August 2022.

You can email your abstracts to No other form of submission will be accepted.

Please note

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the registration fee. You must also arrange your own travel and accommodation.


20 April 2022 – Call for Abstracts Open

20 May 2022 – Registration Opens

4 July 2022 – 5pm Abstract submission Closes

8 August 2022 – Author notification

20 September 2022 – Early Bird Registration Closes