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Event Details:

Date: 18 Jan 2017, Wed

Time: 8.30am – 1.30pm (Registration begins at 8.00am)

Venue: HCA Hospice Care Auditorium, Level 3, 12 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308437

Fees: Free (First come first served basis, limited to 30 participants.)

Kindly direct enquiries to Star PALS, Cindy Tan at / 6891 9398

Workshop Synopsis

It can be intimidating for healthcare professionals to talk to children who are facing death. We may not feel comfortable engaging in conversation with children who are at the end of life because we are all trained to cure. While the private worlds of dying children remain a mystery to many, for those of us looking after them, it is critical to find ways to understand their experiences, to customise management plans that truly meet their needs. Most of these discussions are often conducted with parents. Timely conversations about treatment options before a medical crisis develops can be very helpful or even therapeutic for parents. In this workshop, we hope to share some practical approaches in talking with children about death and dying. Tips for conducting family-centred discussions about a child’s emergency care plans will also be shared.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is relevant for nurses, social workers, paediatric residents and paediatric palliative care practitioners who want to have a basic understanding in managing end-of-life issues with children.


8.00am:   Registration

8.30am:   Opening address

8.45am:   Talking to children about death and dying – by Nurse Manager Lily Li

10.15am:   Tea break

10.30am:   Discussion on paediatric advance care planning – by Dr Richard Yap

12.00pm:   Q&A

12.30pm:   Lunch



Dr Richard Yap, HCA Hospice Care, Star PALS Resident Physician Dr. Richard Yap obtained his Graduate Certificate in Health Care (Palliative Care) from Flinders University, Australia in 2010 and Diploma in Palliative Medicine from the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2012. He is an experienced Resident Physician with Star PALS.



Lily Li, HCA Hospice Care, Star PALS Nurse Manager Lily has 17 years of experience in both women and child nursing care. She was previously working in children’s intensive care before joining HCA Hospice Care. At present, she is the Nurse Manager in Star PALS.       Both Dr Yap and Lily have been with Star PALS since its inception in April 2012. CNP and CME points issued for the workshop

Click here to register for the workshop.