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The 7th PUBLIC HEALTH PALLIATIVE CARE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE will be held over a 4 day period, from Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 September 2022, in the heart of the beautiful historical city of Bruges, Belgium.


There is increasing recognition that the challenges around serious illness, caregiving, dying and bereavement go beyond the scope of professional health care services. Promoting health and wellbeing in these domains entails societal and civic responses complementary to health service responses. For instance, governments, health and wellbeing organizations, workplaces, schools, churches, neighborhoods and health care services can collaborate to develop supportive social environments, policies, health services, skills and community action.


In order to bring together the state of the art in science and practice of public health and palliative care, the international association Public Health Palliative Care International () is organizing every second year a world congress. Last PHPCI congress was organized in 2019 in the Blue Mountains in Australia and the next PHPCI-7 congress will be organized in Bruges, Belgium.


“Democratizing caring, dying and grieving: participation, action, understanding and evaluation”.


The conference brings together leading innovators, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, representatives of civic society in the public health palliative care approach. There is a significantly growing body of evidence about public health approaches at the end of life and this conference signals a new era for international research and practice. The PHPCI2022 conference will provide a critical platform for sharing best-practice examples and evidence from research from around the world and across Europe.

We will be calling for papers, workshops and posters addressing one of the following themes.

All innovators and out-of-the-box ideas are also welcome:

  • Designing and supporting compassionate communities
  • Research and evaluation in compassionate communities
  • Settings approaches (eg compassionate workplaces, schools)
  • Building connections and partnerships
  • Everyday ageing, dying and grieving
  • Equity Diversity and Inclusion
  • Empowerment of patients, carers, volunteers
  • Social change and innovation: power and practices
  • Lessons learnt in the COVID-19 pandemic, post-pandemic ideas
  • Cultural practices
  • Out-of-the-box: innovative ideas and projects


The main conference venue will be the brand new Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre. The building will open its doors in January 2022 and is within walking distance from most hotels and city sights. The conference is co-hosted by the End-of-Life Care Research Group (Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent Univeristy) and Compassionate Bruges, in association with the EAPC Reference Group on Public Health & Palliative Care and the EAPC Research Network.


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