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THE APCC DEFINITION OF PALLIATIVE CARE

Palliative care is the physical, psychological, social and spiritual care provided by an inter-disciplinary team of experts to anyone with a life-threatening illness and their loved ones. Care is offered from the point of diagnosis and extends to bereavement support if needed. Over 90% of the care that APCC members provide is home-based with a focus on promoting quality of life.

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The path to excellence

Hospice Week from 5 to 11 May 2024 is a tribute to the unwavering dedication of palliative care providers and medical professionals. With consistent mentorship and learning, these heroes make a profound difference in the lives of individuals and their families navigating the challenges of life-threatening illnesses.

Read about our members’ mentorship journey

About the association of palliative care centres (APCC)

The Association of Palliative Care Centres (APCC), formerly known as the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) of South Africa, was founded in 1987 and is a registered Not-for-Profit Company (Reg. no. 1986/001887/08) in South Africa.

The APCC is an Association of accredited palliative care service providers, many of whom are known as hospices. All APCC members are accredited against the Standards for Palliative Healthcare Services that have been approved by the Council for Health Service Accreditation of South Africa (COHSASA) and the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).

As the new name and logo depicts, palliative care is the physical, psychological, social and spiritual care provided by an inter-disciplinary team of experts to anyone with a life-threatening illness and their loved ones. Care is offered from the point of diagnosis and extends to bereavement support if needed. Over 90% of the care that APCC members provide is home-based with a focus on promoting quality of life.”

Patient care services

The APCC currently has 91 members providing palliative care services throughout South Africa. Care is provided by an Inter-Disciplinary Team (IDT) that typically includes palliative care trained Medical Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Home-Based Carers.

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Find a hospice or palliative care centre

Click the green dot within your province on the map to find a hospice or palliative care centre near you.

In addition to patient care services, the APCC offers the following services to health service providers:

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