Established in 1993 as an all island body with the purpose of promoting palliative care nationally and internationally, the Irish Association for Palliative Care (IAPC) is a multi-disciplinary membership organisation. The association exists to promote Palliative Care through opportunities for networking, education, publications and representation on national bodies. As the sole membership organisation for those involved in the provision of palliative care, the IAPC is the primary collective and expert voice for palliative care in Ireland.
The mission of the IAPC is to promote high-quality evidence-based palliative care in Ireland and internationally through networking, education, research and publications and to use its collective expert voice to influence the development and implementation of national policy for palliative care.
The vision of the IAPC is a world where Palliative Care is available to all of us, when we need it, wherever we are, so we can live life as well as possible until we die.
The membership of the IAPC reflects the entire spectrum of all those who work in or have a professional interest in the provision of palliative care, i.e.,doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and pastoral carers, pharmacists, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therpaists, dieticians, as well as executive staff and academics and educationalists. Membership also includes clinicians and allied health professionals working in related areas such as geriatrics, oncology, psycho-oncology, paediatrics, and pain management.
The core objectives of the IAPC are to:
The Association is supported by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.