Conference 2012 Bridging the Gap

The first national conference organised under our Palliative Care for All programme took place on Friday 14th September 2012 in the Royal College of Physicians (RCPI) Dublin.

The programme covered plenary sessions addressing the international perspectives and findings from the Irish Hospice Foundation palliative care action research projects in Heart Failure and Respiratory Disease. In the afternoon the concurrent workshops in dementia, heart failure and respiratory disease gave delegates the opportunity to focus specifically on the application of palliative care for these particular diseases.

The 175 registered delegates represented a wide cross section of health care professionals, and due to space restrictions unfortunately we were not able to register all those interested in attending.

 Conference presentations and podcasts

  • Professor Scott A. Murray

 St Columba’s Chair of Primary Palliative Care, University of Edinburgh

 Powerpoint presentation ‘Relevance of the palliative care approach for diseases other than cancer’ (click to download)

  • Dr Karen Ryan

Palliative Medicine Consultant, Mater Misericordiae Hospital and St Francis Hospice and Clinical Lead for Palliative Care, HSE


  • Dr Jo Hockley

Nurse Consultant, St Christopher’s Hospice, London

Powerpoint presentation ‘Using action research as a change model in palliative care’ click to download

Putting theory into practice; findings from palliative care action research projects

  • Dr Karen Ryan

Palliative Medicine Consultant, Mater Misericordiae Hospital and St Francis Hospice; and Clinical Lead for Palliative Care HSE

Powerpoint presentation ‘Findings from palliative care action research projects: heart failure‘ click to download

Advanced respiratory disease

  • Dr Rory O’Donnell (Respiratory Consultant, St James’s Hospital)
  • Dr Patricia White  (Research Officer, Irish Hospice Foundation)

Powerpoint presentation ‘advanced respiratory disease action research project findings‘ (click to download)

  • Min Stacpoole

Dementia Research Nurse, St Christopher’s Hospice, London

Powerpoint presentation ‘Introducing Namaste: a care programme for people with advanced dementia at the end of life‘ (Click to download) 

  • Marie Lynch

Programme Development Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation 


The Palliative Care for All Programme supports the development of palliative interventions for people with advancing, life-limiting diseases other than cancer. People attending the conference heard the key findings of three action research projects that were conducted as part of the programme in the areas of advanced respiratory disease, heart failure and dementia

Grainne McGettrick, Policy & Research Officer, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Michele Hardiman, Assistant Director of Nursing, Clare Mental Health Services

Cecelia Hayden, CNS Dementia, St Vincent’s Community Hospital, Kildare

Muriel Parke, CNS Palliative Care, St Brigid’s Hospice, Kildare

Dr Karen Ryan, Palliative Medicine Consultant, Mater Hospital

Christine Howley, Edel Kavanagh, Cecelia Tracey, Heart Failure Unit, Mater Hospital

Dr Mel Bates, GP, Fairview General Practice

Bettina Korn, Respiratory CNS & End of Life Care Co-ordinator, St James’s Hospital

Kaye Kealy, CNM, Community Palliative Care, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services

Interview  with patient who has benefitted from the work of the action research project

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