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Public Health Palliative Care International Conference 2022

When: 20-23 September
Where: The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC), Bruges, Belgium

There is increasing recognition that the challenges around serious illness, caregiving, dying and bereavement go beyond the scope of professional health care services. Promoting health and wellbeing in these domains entails societal and civic responses complementary to health service responses. For instance, governments, health and wellbeing organisations, workplaces, schools, churches, neighborhoods and health care services can collaborate to develop supportive social environments, policies, health services, skills and community action. 

In order to bring together the state of the art in science and practice of public health and palliative care, the international association Public Health Palliative Care International organises a world congress every two years, bringing together leading innovators, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, representatives of civic society in the public health palliative care approach. There is a significantly growing body of evidence about public health approaches at the end of life and this conference signals a new era for international research and practice. The PHPCI2022 conference will provide a critical platform for sharing best-practice examples and evidence from research from around the world and across Europe. 

Presenting on Wednesday 21st September, IHF Public Engagement Lead Valerie Smith

Putting Your House In Order: Finding the carrot for community engagement on dying, death & bereavement

A growing body of literature, policy and practice has emerged about end-of-life care in recent years. Nonetheless, there are few concrete, repeatable examples offered in this field. In this research, we present a method of involving communities in end-of-life planning.

The Putting Your House in Order (PYHIO) workshops are intended to inspire, educate, and empower communities. They aim to raise awareness in the Irish public about end-of-life wishes and to educate people who care about them about how to communicate those wishes, in particular though IHF’s Think Ahead Planning Pack.

As part of our partnership with Age Friendly Ireland, we designed the workshop event to encourage a positive dialogue, to give people the opportunity to ask questions, to seek advice, and to clarify any concerns they may have about end-of-life planning.


The conference is co-hosted by the End-of-Life Care Research Group (Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University) and Compassionate Bruges, in association with the EAPC Reference Group on Public Health & Palliative Care and the EAPC Research Network.