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The Association of Palliative Care Centres (APCC), formerly known as the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) of South Africa, founded in 1987, is a registered Not-for-Profit Company
Reg no.1986/001887/08 / NPO no.003-462.

The APCC is an Association of accredited palliative care service providers, many of whom are hospices. All APCC members are accredited against the Standards for Palliative Healthcare Services, 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.

Palliative care starts when a patient is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and continues throughout the course of the patient's illness, including bereavement care to loved ones, if needed.
Palliative care provider services

  • Education and training in palliative care
  • SAQA accredited training for home-based carers
  • Mentorship towards compliance with the Standards for Palliative Healthcare Services
  • Accreditation against the Standards for palliative healthcare providers
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on palliative care services

Based on the National Department of Health's National Policy Framework and Strategy for Palliative Care.