World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. Voices for Hospices is a wave of concerts taking place on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day every two years.
The theme for 2016 is LIVING AND DYING IN PAIN: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO HAPPEN
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place on the second Saturday of October every year and Voices for Hospices takes place on the same date every two years.
The next World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is on October 8th 2016
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with Voices for Hospice will be held October 14th in 2017
To share our vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues
To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families
To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is organised by a committee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative care national and regional organisations that support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide. To view members of the organising committee, go to our partners page.
There are many things you can do during and in the days leading up to World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.
Download the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day posters to print out and display in your place of work and community. You can download the original version, or a version with space to add your organisation's logo.
You can also download a model letter to send to your Minister of Health, reminding them of their commitment to palliative care and access to controlled medicines for pain relief as part of the national healthcare system.
You can access the Key Messages for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day in the Resources area.