Palliative Care Week 2021 - Events

Palliative Care Week will take place from 12 to 18 September 2021. If you are planning an event to coincide with Palliative Care Week or would like to get involved in other ways please contact Yvonne McCahill at All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care at

We will publish details of events here as they are confirmed.

Social justice, minority groups and palliative care in Northern Ireland, Monday 14 September 2020, 10:00-12:00, organised by Marie Curie Northern Ireland.

Demand for palliative and end of life care is expected to grow significantly during the next ten years, but research has consistently shown that not all patient groups have the same access to the health and social care services they need when they are affected by advanced and non-curative illnesses.

Marking Palliative Care Week 2020, Marie Curie’s online event will examine issues of equity and social justice in palliative care for minority groups – with an expert speaking panel discussing the barriers and challenges faced by the Traveller community, LGBTQ+ people and people with learning disabilities.

Delegates will hear from:

  • Rodney Morton, Chair of the Palliative Care in Partnership Programme and Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health Agency
  • Dr Regina McQuillan, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Francis Hospice Dublin
  • Prof Owen Barr, Professor of Nursing and Intellectual Disabilities, Ulster University
  • Richard O’Leary, former carer

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

To book a place register via this link:…

Go Red for Cork – an initiative led by Marymount University Hospital and Hospice and Cork GAA to mark Cork winning the double in 1990. Marymount and Cork GAA are asking Cork to Turn Red on Tuesday 16th September, with many administrative and commercial buildings already signed up. Marymount Hospice will also light up red.

Foundation Day – 2020 marks Marymount University Hospital and Hospice’s 150th year in operation. The occasion will be marked with a small outdoor social distanced gathering to give long service awards to long-serving staff

Tuesday 15 September at 1pm – Managing Breathlessness in Primary Care – Why? Who? How?

As part of Palliative Care Week 2020 (13 – 19 September) the Royal College of General Practice, Northern Ireland, Southern Health and Social Care Trust and AIIHPC are hosting a webinar targeted at General Practitioners on the island of Ireland.

Dr Laurence Dorman, GP & RCGPNI Chair, and co-delivered alongside Nicola Armstrong, Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist, Southern Health & Social Care Trust.

The webinar will last for a maximum of forty-five-minutes and it will include a presentation and a discussion session.

Please use this link to register your attendance and pose a question for the panel:

‘Palliative Care in a Pandemic: Lessons and Insights from Practice and Poetry’ – Tuesday 15 September, 7.30 – 8.30pm

The featured speaker will be Dr. Miriam Colleran, a palliative care consultant at Naas General Hospital and with St. Brigid’s Hospice, Kildare. Dr. Colleran will discuss her experience of providing palliative care during the Covid19 pandemic and will talk about what lessons can be learned about palliative care from this extraordinary time.

We will also be joined by Dr. Ann Leahy. Ann Leahy is an award-winning poet who has worked in the area of ageing and whose key research areas include ageing and disability. Ann will be contributing as a poet and will read some poems that reflect the general themes of Palliative Care Week.

The online event is free and everybody who registers will be sent a link to the event on September 15. A recording of the event will be available through the NUI Galway social media channels.

To register, please go to

This event is a joint initiative of the Institute for Life Course and Society, the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia, and PPI Ignite @ NUI Galway, all based at NUI Galway. The moderator of the event is Brendan Kennelly who lectures in the School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway.

For more information please contact Brendan Kennelly at or at 087 7975450.

Showcasing Palliative Care Research in Northern Ireland Webinar: Wednesday 16 September, 1pm-2pm

AIIHPC are delighted to host ‘Showcasing Palliative Care Research in Northern Ireland’ for the Palliative Care Research Forum for Northern Ireland (PCRF NI). During this hour-long online showcase event, PCRF NI will share current palliative care research from Northern Ireland including recently completed research to help inform attendees own perspectives.

This event will be chaired by Professor George Kernohan (Ulster University) who has recently completed an in-depth study of Day Hospice in Belfast, Edinburgh and Birmingham. He found a huge reliance upon volunteers in making the service work. In the audience will be members of the Palliative Care team at the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

We will also hear from Dr Anita Mallon (Ulster University) who will present her findings on views on palliative care, reported by a cohort of young people. There will also be time for discussion, and for questions.

The webinar PCRF NI aims to improve public understanding of palliative care and provide an up-to-date regional perspective. Palliative care is changing and is everyone’s business, not only older people with cancer.

To book a place at the webinar and pose any questions for the panel

Advance Care Planning Webinar, Southern Health and Social Care Trust – Wednesday 16 September 2 – 3pm

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust are holding an online webinar targeted at District Nurses to support a deeper understanding of advance care planning. Niall Gallagher, Specialist Social Worker will present on Advance Care Planning.  Followed by a discussion session with panellists including Sharon Beattie, Specialist Palliative Care Nurse, Linda Willis, Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist and Claire Russell, NDN Coach and Service Improvement Lead

Please use this link to register your attendance and to pose any questions for the panel :

Primary Palliative Care for GPs – Webinar for GPs organised by Irish College of General Practice and the Irish Hospice Foundation, Wednesday 16 September 2020 in the evening

Palliative Care: Making the Difference (online), Thursday 17th September 10am

As part of Palliative Care Week 2020, GMIT Mayo Campus are hosting an online event with Professor Philip Larkin, Professor of Palliative Care Nursing at the University of Lausanne and Dr Maura Fitzsimmons, Lecturer in Nursing and Health Care Studies in GMIT, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

For further information and to book click on link below:

Palliative Care Week 2020 Webinar: Palliative Care: Future Challenges for Ireland – Professor Charles Normand – Thursday, September 17, 11.00 – 12.00

Prof Normand will deliver a presentation and there will be an opportunity for discussion.

Professor Charles Normand is a member of the Palliative Care Research Network, an economist and Emeritus Professor in the Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin and Professor of the Economics of Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College London.

To register to attend this free webinar:

Project ECHO AIIHPC Webinar – Thursday 17 September at 2.30pm. ‘Palliative Care Week 2020 – The impact of COVID-19 on care services for vulnerable adults – learning as we go’

Professor Kennelly, Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital will reflect on how services have changed and evolved in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and what lessons have been learned which could improve care services for vulnerable adults moving forward.

Panelists will include:

  • Dr Dan Ryan, Consultant Geriatrician/Stroke Physician, Age-related Health Care Department of Tallaght University Hospital
  • Professor Mary McCarron, Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disabilities, and Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin, Advisor on Dementia at The Daughters of Charity Disability Support Service
  • Mary Flanagan, Direct of Nursing, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services
  • Frances Neville, Nursing Lead, National Clinical Programme for Palliative Care, HSE.

Please use this link to register your attendance and to pose any questions for the panel

Grief & Bereavement during COVID 19 – Supporting Nursing Home Staff Webinar – Thursday 17 September 2.30 – 4pm.

The Irish Hospice Foundation is hosting a special webinar for nursing home staff. Covid-19 is having a profound effect on those working in our nursing homes and residential care facilities.

To register:


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