WHO Collaborating Centre for Training in Hospice & Palliative Care


Gyungjoo Lee 


Sujeong Kim

Hye-lyung Hwang

Hyunjoo Na


Contribute to WHO’s work on development, implementation and monitoring “A Framework for Strengthening Integrated NCD Management in the Western Pacific Region (tentative title)” in the perspective of providing palliative care services.

In collaboration with WHO, to strengthen the capacity of healthcare professionals in low-and middle-income countries by providing training on high-quality palliative care services across all levels of the health system.


Participants and organizers of the 4th int’l training pose for a group photo during the program.

      1. Designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) in 2016 and redesignated in 2020, we have been fulfilling our role in raising public awareness and understanding of the benefits of hospice and palliative care. The main task of our institution is to offer appropriate training and help connect research and practice by continuing to facilitate information exchange. By fostering professionals in underdeveloped countries to provide holistic care and promote the dignity of terminally ill patients and their families, we are in pursuit of transdisciplinary, holistic approaches in order for more people in the world to experience high quality hospice and palliative care while maintaining their dignity.
      2. Representatives of our institution were invited to the Palliative Care International Symposium held in the Republic of Korea on September 19, and delivered a talk about our overseas hospice and palliative care training efforts. The event took place during the 6th Leadership Workshop for Cancer Control organized by the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific and the National Cancer Center of Korea.
      3. Our institution was featured in the July edition of the newsletter issued by the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC). We also submitted a short article concerning the trends in palliative care in the December issue of the Links magazine published by the GNWHOCCNM.
    • 5th Hospice & Palliative Care International Workforce Training (Jan 2021)

In addition to offering professional training programs on a regular basis, our institution plans to hold the 13th International Spirituality Conference in Seoul at the Songeui campus of the Catholic University of Korea on November 20. The main theme of the conference will be “Spirituality and Human Dignity,” and the detailed schedule is set to be announced in the second half of this year.


Participants of the 3rd International training program pose for a group photo during the closing ceremony

As the sole WHO Collaborating Centre for Hospice and Palliative Care in the Western Pacific Region, our centre continues to deliver local and international workforce training programs in developing human resources for hospice and palliative care. We are currently preparing to host a training program in Mongolia for doctors and nurses in May. In addition to offering professional training programs on a regular basis, we hosted the 12th International Spirituality Conference in October last year. Held under the theme “Healing Presence in an Abandoned Society,” the conference, which was held in Seoul, emphasized the important aspects of spirituality and spiritual practices in our current society. In late November, we also had a chance to participate in the Third Regional Forum of WHO Collaborating Centres in the Western Pacific-held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam-to learn from other collaborating centres on their ongoing efforts to tackle multiple global health challenges and to share our experiences as well.

    • Cobb, M., Puchalski, C. M., & Rumbold, B. D. (2018). Healthcare Yŏngsŏng 3 [Oxford textbook of spirituality in healthcare] (J. Yong, J. Park, J. Kim, H. Kim, Y. Lee, J. Cho., & H. Lee, Trans.). Seoul: The Catholic University of Korea Press. (Original work published 2012)
    • Yong, J., Park, J., Kim, J., Kim, P., Seo, I., & Lee, H. (2018). The Effects of Holy Name Meditation on Spiritual Well-being, Depression, and Anxiety of Patients with Cancer. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 20(4), 368-376. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000451
    • Centeno, C., Sitte, T., de Lima, L., Alsirafy, S., Bruera, E., Callaway, M., … Comoretto, N. (2018). White Paper for Global Palliative Care Advocacy: Recommendations from a PAL-LIFE Expert Advisory Group of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican City. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21(10), 1389-1397. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0248
    • Puchalski, C. M., Sbrana, A., Ferrell, B., Jafari, N., King, S., Balboni, T., … Ripamonti, C. (2018). Interprofessional spiritual care in oncology: a literature review, ESMO Open 2019;4: doi: 10.1136/esmoopen-2018-000465
    • 12th International Spirituality Conference – Healing Presence in an Abandoned Society (October 26, 2018)

    • 4th International Hospice & Palliative Care Workforce Training (May 27-31, 2019)
    • 5th International Hospice & Palliative Care Workforce Training (TBA, 2020)