The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN), a regional network of organizations and individuals working in palliative care in the region, was established in 2001 and now has more than 860 members in twenty-eight countries. A survey of palliative care education was conducted by the APHN for the purposes of this chapter. The description has been divided into three sections, according to the degree of development of both services and palliative care education in the countries involved. This chapter suggests that education and training must be linked to the accreditation and funding of palliative care programmes. This requires an awareness of the need for palliative care as an essential component of health care. Only then will palliative care be seen as a requisite part of undergraduate and postgraduate training, and continuing education of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals.
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