Buyer beware: Check your facts on palliative care conferences in Australia

//Buyer beware: Check your facts on palliative care conferences in Australia

Buyer beware: Check your facts on palliative care conferences in Australia

Conference promoters are increasingly targeting Australian palliative care audiences with misleading claims and advertising. Here are some examples:

Australian Palliative Care Conference 31 July 2018 in Melbourne is promoted as 'organised by Palliative Care Australia' – this is false. It also links to the Palliative Care NSW website and claims that we are exhibitors – this is false.

Hospice and Palliative Care Conference July 18-19 2018 in Melbourne, also promoted as Hospice 2018 Melbourne Australia, has no links to Palliative Care Victoria or Palliative Care Australia and is part of the discredited OMICS brand.

The most reputable aggregated source of information about palliative care conferences in Australia is the CareSearch Conferences webpage.

The Palliative Care NSW 2018 Biennial State Conference 'Riding the Waves of Change' will be held on 8-10 November in Kiama.

The next Australian Palliative Care Conference will be hosted by Palliative Care Australia on 10-13 September 2019 in Perth.

By |2018-05-17T12:03:14+00:00May 17th, 2018|News|3 Comments

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  1. Jessie Williams May 17, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Well done on posting this Alex! How dodgy!

    • Alex Huntir May 18, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Thanks Jessie!

  2. Carl Milton May 18, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Thank you Alex for bringing this concerning issue to the attention of those involved in some way in in the realm of palliative care. It is dispiriting to know that there are some enterpreneurial, self promoting and perhaps unscrupulous souls out there milking the sacred cow status of palliative care for their own ends.

    It does pay to be judicious.and do prior research around expensive workshops and suchlike. Also it can be prudent to look into organizations claiming to be affiliated or beneficial toward the palliative care cause. What exactly do some of them do? Are they seeking tax payer funds or a tax rort? I guess the old adage of caveat emptor – 'let the buyer beware' applies.

    I had an 'interesting' experience last year with an organization called NDAN – Natural Death Advocacy Network. It appeared to be facilitated by a 'Doctor' and I unwisely joined and paid the membership fee. I then heard nothing – not even  receiving the  promised bumber bar sticker or newletter. I sent off an email quite some time later enquiring about the lack of any response and still heard absolutely nothing….until the annual memebership was due for renewal! There then there followed a barrage of emails and phone calls reminnding me of my forthcoming membership dues! However once bitten twice shy and I declined to commit to any further expaense or involvement with this particular organization.

    I guess that as well as being a bit of a sacred cow the palliative care industry can also be a lucrative cash cow for some.

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